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 was a member, and current chair of the CCAL Law Seminar Planning Committee, which develops and creates the annual Law Seminar for HOA attorneys around the country. 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?

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:


05/11 – Insurance Refresher

06/22 – A Smorgasbord of Legal Stuff

07/07 –Dotting Your i’s and Crossing Your t’s When it Comes to Membership Meetings, Elections, and Actions Outside of Meetings

08/04 – Townhomes and Condos and Paired Homes—Oh My!

08/10 – Budget Ratification Process: Pre and Post-CCIOA 

08/24 – CCIOA v. Nonprofit Act 

10- 12- Communications—When is it Enough, when is it Too Much, and When is it Too Little?

11/03 – Test Your Knowledge:  How Well Do You Know HOA Law?

12/01 – Ask the Experts—Free For All











Recent Publications by Elina B. Gilbert

No More HOA Restrictions on Public Streets

Are there public streets running through your community?  If so, does your association currently have rules or covenants governing parking or other activities on such streets?  Moving forward, such rules and/or covenants may not be enforced by associations as a result of added language to the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (“CCIOA”). HB 22-1139 addsGo to Resource


  A service animal, as opposed to an assistance animal, requires training and certification; until now, there have only been two types of animals that qualified as service animals:  dogs and miniature horses/ponies.   But as of April 1, 2022, another animal has been determined to qualify as a service animal: The Moose! “Although big andGo to Resource

Shhhhhh. . . Don’t Tell Anyone—Do Your Director Communications Violate the Law?

Let’s face it, being a board member is no easy task, especially if there is discord among directors on the board.   When there is distrust among directors, communication becomes funnelled, selective, and exclusionary.  But is this type of communication really in the best interests of the community?  And even more so, is it legal?  Oftentimes,Go to Resource

Amending to Take Advantage of the Law

Did you know that Colorado law provides associations, directors, and officers with certain rights and protections that may only be utilized if appropriate verbiage is contained in the governing documents?   Below are four examples of such rights and protections that must be contained in an association’s governing documents for an association, its directors, and/or officersGo to Resource

So, You Want to Switch Parking Spaces?

Has your community ever encountered a situation where two, or more, owners ask to switch their assigned parking spaces, carports, or garages?  If that’s the case, the first step is to check your declaration to determine if a process is provided for accomplishing these tasks.   Oftentimes, declarations are silent on this issue, and boards areGo to Resource
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