Elina Gilbert

Shareholder in Charge of Practice & Education Dept. Head

Phone: 303.991.2010
Elina Gilbert has practiced community association law for 22 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 12 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 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.

Education:
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?

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

2023

02/02 Policy, Resolutions, and Rules – What’s the Difference

03/08 Productions of Documents – What Do We Actually Have to Give Owners?

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

Can We Swap Parking Spaces? Reallocation of Limited Common Elements

Have owners in your association ever approached you with a request to switch assigned parking spaces or garages that are allocated as limited common elements and your association’s documents?  What did you tell them, and did you know that the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (“CCIOA”) specifically addresses this issue for post-CCIOA communities (i.e. createdGo to Resource

Directors’ Statutory Standards of Conduct—Protect Yourselves From Liability!

When it comes to director duties and obligations, people throw around lots of terms, such as “fiduciary”, “duty”, and “best interests”.  But rarely does anyone reference a specific statute, or specific language, in a statute addressing board duties. The truth of the matter is that such a statutory provision does exist.  It’s cleverly hidden inGo to Resource

Getting Volunteers for the Board: How Do You Make a Thankless Job Thankful?

Is it my imagination or are people getting less patient, more critical, more demanding, and less understanding?  It seems over the last few years boards have been criticized and admonished more, while being appreciated and understood less.  No wonder it’s becoming more and more difficult to fill board vacancies.  After all, why would someone volunteerGo to Resource

Regulating Commercial Vehicles

More often than not, governing documents contain restrictions on commercial vehicles, but the term “commercial vehicle” means something different to different people.  Although it is clear that some vehicles are undeniably “commercial” in nature, many vehicles fall somewhere in the gray area.   So how do owners know whether their vehicles will be considered “commercial” andGo to Resource
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