Founder. With an extensive background in the community association industry, Adrian Adams is one of the leading attorneys in California specializing in common interest developments. Adrian founded ADAMS | STIRLING PLC and quickly grew the firm into a preeminent boutique firm specializing in highrise condominiums, stock cooperatives, business parks, lake associations, golfing communities, equestrian associations, and ocean-front communities. Seeing the need to educate board members and homeowners, Adrian created a free research website called that quickly became the number one resource for everything related to the laws affecting residential and mixed-use common interest developments in California. This was then followed by for commercial and industrial common interest developments. Adrian also publishes the ADAMS | STIRLING Newsletter that has become the largest circulating newsletter of its kind in the state.

Expert Witness. Adrian also serves as an expert witness on standards of care issues involving association boards and managers and has testified extensively on issues involving maintenance, mold, rules enforcement, budgets, reserves, governing documents, management, and operations.



  • Recipient of an AV Preeminent Peer Review designation from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Founder and past President of the Foundation for California Community Association Education
  • Member of the Board of Directors of  the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR)
  • Founding member of the "Critical Issues Think Tank" of FCAR
  • Founder of California's CID Lawyers organization
  • Member of the Task Force on Aging Infrastructures
  • Legal advisor on condominium law and smoke-free housing issues to the Technical Assistance Legal Center, a project of the Public Health Institute
  • Past member of the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the Community Associations Institute
  • Delegate to California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC)
  • Created curriculum for and taught Association Management and Law for ten years through UCLA Extension
  • Designated a "Super Lawyer" by
  • Charter Member of Lawyers of Distinction
  • Named one of the "Top Lawyers" in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine

Juris Doctor, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA
Master of Business Administration, Anderson School, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Arts, with a Major in Psychology and a double minor in Chemistry and Biology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
   Graduated with Great Distinction
   Four-time University Scholar
   Member of Phi Eta Sigma, Psi Chi, and Phi Delta Phi Academic Societies


All California courts
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Supreme Court


US Marine Corps, specializing in aviation electronics in F-4 Phantom fighter jets

  • Writes a popular weekly newsletter and blog with analysis and commentary on legal trends in the industry;
  • Created, an award winning research website for the community association industry;
  • Created, a popular resource for commercial common interest developments;
  • Guest speaker for the California State Bar and regularly speaks at industry-related events throughout California;
  • Panelist for continuing legal education programs for attorneys; and
  • Publishes a biennial salary survey of onsite managers throughout California which tracks trends related to income, gender, education, average age, and certification of managers.
MEDIA APPEARANCES. City Television LeBlanc interview regarding aging in place and Senior Communities; National Public Radio on challenges faced by condominium associations with aging owners.

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