General Counsel. Tonya currently serves as corporate and litigation counsel to boards of directors of common interest developments throughout California. She counsels boards on managing conflict, director duties and responsibilities, meetings, elections, and corporate governance, as well compliance with the Davis-Stirling Act, document interpretation and enforcement.

Former JAG Officer. As a Captain in the Army and JAG Officer, Tonya became a broadly skilled advocate.  She served several years as a criminal defense attorney and then as a prosecutor; where she successfully led the prosecution or defense of felony level cases. Later, Tonya was appointed as a Magistrate Judge and presided over preliminary hearings, pretrial confinement hearings, traffic court and ruled on law enforcement applications for search and arrest warrants. Tonya also issued over 150 legal opinions on matters such as sexual harassment and discrimination claims, whistleblower retaliation complaints, ethics, environmental law, and the legal sufficiency of criminal investigations. Her other assignments included the management of attorneys and paralegals providing legal assistance to military personnel, and the management of re-integration of soldiers from combat areas for smooth transitions between duty locations.


Juris Doctorate from the Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, California

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Sacramento State University, Sacramento, California



I am grateful to you for your stellar guidance to support the board’s efforts to comply both with PWT’s CC&Rs and the Davis Stirling laws governing HOA associations in California. Your description of our board is truly appreciated. -Board of Directors, Park Westwood Towers

You do great work, and seem to have a ton of knowledge about HOA Law! -Daniel Hughes,CMCA

GREAT meeting last night. We are very pleased with the notes and the progress. I was having a difficult time getting them all on the same page. -Daniel Hughes, Community Association Manager

You're a lifesaver, you've always been supremely prompt in all of your replies and so very knowledgeable. This has been a long process for us and you've been so helpful and patient with all of our questions and took the time to explain each stage of the process in layman’s terms for us. Your information yesterday was so amazing to have, our management company didn’t know the Civil Code you stated and had almost emailed his statement to every owner, but we caught it just in time! I’m so glad to have your knowledge!! Thank you, thank you, thank you again. -Meredith Miraglia, Monte Vista Condominiums HOA

Wow! Many thanks Tonya! And thank you again for the most helpful discussion yesterday. You have given me confidence that we’re in good hands. -Bob I., President

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