Elina Gilbert

Shareholder - Transaction & Education Dept. Head

Phone: 303.991.2010
Elina Gilbert has practiced community association law for 20 years with Altitude Community Law, PC., with an emphasis on transactional issues such as insurance, document amendments, and real estate matters. Elina oversees the firm’s transactional department and has been heading the Altitude Community Education (“ACE”) program for over 10 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 full-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 is also 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 – Since 2015
Community Associations Institute, Law Seminar Planning Committee Co-Chair- 2019 Law Seminar

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:


2/9 –  February Education Online Meeting (CAI – SoCo)

2/10 – Contractor Disputes – What You Need to Know

2/25 – Navigating the Statutory Muck and Legalese

3/4 – Insurance: Why do We Have to Keep Talking About It?

4/22 – Around the HOA World (Part II)

4/28 – B 201: Advanced Board Member Training

6/23 – Around the HOA World (Part I)

7/14 – Do We File a Claim?

8/11 – Federal Statutes That Impact Associations

8/24 – Navigating the Statutory Muck and Legalese

9/2 – The Darwin Awards for Association Living

10/28 – Around the HOA World (Part II)

11/4 – Little Known Facts About CCIOA, the Nonprofit Act, and the Condominium Act

11/10 – Using Your “Experts”

12/2 – Ask the Experts – Free For All


Recent Publications by Elina B. Gilbert


Almost every year this firm publishes an April Fools’ article to get folks laughing and take their minds off the daily grind.  Last year, due to the morose state of the world, we did not feel it was appropriate to publish such an article; this year, although things are much better, we are still strugglingGo to Resource


  Do you know both CCIOA and the Nonprofit Act contain “default” provisions that kick in when your governing documents are silent?  Although there may be too many of these provisions to discuss in a single article, below are some of the more important ones: Director Qualifications:  If the governing documents are silent, a directorGo to Resource


Many believe that associations are not required to pay taxes because they are non-profit corporations.  However, in most cases, that is not accurate.  In order for an association to be exempt from taxes, it must qualify as a tax-exempt entity under Section 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 501(c)(3) of the InternalGo to Resource


An association’s maintenance and insurance obligations are typically set forth in its governing documents, and ideally should be contained in the declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions.  Although one might expect that a board member, manager, or homeowner would be able to read their communities’ governing documents and find answers to questions concerning their maintenanceGo to Resource

The COVID-19 Dial

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its course, state and local governments are still struggling to adjust to the up-and-down statistics of the pandemic. In his most recent Executive Order,  Governor Polis ordered the Department of Public Health to create “levels” of restrictions based on the number of outbreaks a county has experienced. TheGo to Article

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