Elina Gilbert

Shareholder in Charge of Practice & Education Dept. Head

Phone: 303.991.2010
Elina Gilbert has practiced community association law for 23 years with Altitude Community Law, PC., with an emphasis on transactional issues such as insurance, document amendments, and real estate matters. Elina is Shareholder in Charge of Practice and has overseen the Altitude Community Education (“ACE”) program for over 13 years, a critical part of the firm’s mission statement and overall brand. Overseeing ACE involves creation, preparation, and presentation of 25+ programs per year, including lunch forums, webinars, and half-day classes that provide managers with CMCA and Real Estate credits. She also heads up the firm’s monthly E-Newsletter, which is nationally circulated. Elina is a frequent speaker on both a local and national level, which includes CAI Law Seminars, attorney courses through the National Business Institute, national webinars through HOALeader.com, and state classes and webinars through ACE and local CAI Chapters. Elina was inducted into the College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”) in 2010, which represents an elite group of attorneys determined to be the most qualified experts in the HOA industry. Elina served as co-chair of the CCAL Law Seminar Planning Committee between 2018 and 2021, which developed and created the annual Law Seminar for HOA attorneys around the country, and currently serves on the CCAL Board of Governors and as a member of the CCAL Admissions Committee. When Elina is not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, doing crosswords and Sudoku puzzles, working out, taking walks, and dreaming of the day the law will allow her to have a pet moose.

B.A., University of Michigan Ann Arbor – 1993
Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law – 1997

Professional Organizations:
Michigan Bar Association – Since 1997
Community Associations Institute – Since 2000
College of Community Association Lawyers – Since 2010
Community Associations Institute, Law Seminar Committee:  2015 -2022
Community Associations Institute, Law Seminar Planning Committee Co-Chair- 2022 Law Seminar

Published Articles:

Community Associations Institute, Law Seminar Planning Committee Co-Chair- 2019 Law Seminar

Do You Have the Qualities of the Greatest Condo/HOA Board Members?

Can You Ban Your Condo/HOA’s Renters from Paying with Government Subsidies?

HOA Permits Renters but Limits How They Pay – and Might End Up in Court as a Result

Trendwatch: Pool Monitors Versus Lifeguards

HOA Could Raise Assessments to Keep Nearby (Privately Owned) Golf Course in Business

HOA Reinvestment Fees and Transfer Fees: What’s the Difference (and $2,200 Dollars?!)?

Can Your Condo/HOA Board Be an Advocate in Votes on Amendments? Elections?

When Can Condo/HOA Board Influence Voting?

Condo/HOA Insurance: Why You Need an Inflation Checkup

What’s an HOA Managing Agent, and Should This Board Be Worried Sick?

Inflation Checkup: Are Your Condo/HOA Insurance Coverages Still Adequate?

Do You Know Everyone Who is Attending Your Condo/HOA Board Meetings?

HOA Owner Secretly Launches Zoom During Meeting: How to Respond

Who Should Run Your Condo/HOA Meetings?

Do You Really Need a Condo/HOA Meeting Parliamentarian?

Sharp Reader Wants to Create an HOA Disaster Team: 6 Tips to Get Started

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:


04/12 Amendment vs. Resolution – Which Do We Pick?

05/23 Special Events in Communities – Are You Protected?

07/13 Is Your Insurance Policy Up to Par?

08/09 Seven Pitfalls of Contractor Disputes

10/11 If Our Documents Are Silent, What Do We Have Authority to Do?

11/02 Darwin Awards for Association Living – Part 2

11/08 Choosing Contractors – What Should You Be Looking For?










Recent Publications by Elina B. Gilbert

SB23-178: To Veg, or Not to Veg? That is the Question.

Now that SB23-178 has been signed into law and has become part of the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (effective August 9, 2023), the predominant question is “what does this mean for my community?” To start, if your community is a condominium community or townhome community with shared walls, the new law does not changeGo to Resource

Save on Legal Fees: Get a Maintenance and Insurance Chart

An association’s, and owners’, maintenance and insurance obligations are typically set forth in the declaration.  The Declaration is also referred to as the “CC&R’s”, “Covenants”, and the “Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions”.  But have you ever tried reading a declaration to determine who has to fix what?  If so, you will probably agree thatGo to Resource

Refresher on the Budget Ratification Process

Since July 1, 2018, when the CCIOA budget process was made applicable to pre-CCIOA communities, there continues to be confusion and unclarity with respect to the CCIOA budget process and especially if and how it applies to special assessments.  The purpose of this article is to help clarify both the budget process and special assessmentGo to Resource


The attorney-client privilege is not typically at the forefront of peoples’ minds when communicating with counsel, but it really should be.  An accidental waiver of the privilege can lead clients to compromising positions, expose them to liability, and place them at legal disadvantage with respect to the particular legal matter. The attorney-client privilege is theGo to Resource

Insurance—Wind/Hail Deductibles and Gaps in Coverage

Winter is here! And with the cold temperatures, snow storms, and other winter culprits, it’s time to ensure you have adequate insurance to cover property damage that may be coming your way. Whether your community is damaged from exploding frozen pipes, or because of snow and hail storms, it’s important to understand possible pitfalls inGo to Resource
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