Melissa Garcia

Shareholder - Transaction & Business Development Dept. Head

Phone: 303.991.2018
Melissa Garcia is a shareholder at Altitude Community Law P.C. and an HOA enthusiast! With over 20 years of experience, Melissa loves the community association law arena because it allows her to work with a variety of people to develop real solutions to challenging problems. Her practice emphasizes transactional law, including amending governing documents, issuing opinion letters, and assisting with general counsel representation of HOAs. Melissa heads the business development department and actively posts on social media to help develop, foster and promote successful associations. A frequent lecturer and participant in seminars on community associations, Melissa speaks nationally as well as locally on all issues facing associations. She presents an annual series of HOA workshops exclusively for several cities in Colorado, regularly teaches for the Community Association Institute (“CAI”), and is a frequent presenter for In 2012 Melissa received the Educator of the Year Award and in 2018 Melissa received the Committee Chair of the Year Award, both for the CAI Southern Colorado Chapter. Most recently Melissa received the CAI – RMC 2021 Excellence in Education Award and the CAI-SOCO 2021 Chair of the Year Award. Melissa’s teaching and prior retail experiences have honed her people skills so she understands different approaches and communication styles, which makes her an effective part of each association's team.

B.A., University of Reno Nevada- 1996
Juris Doctorate, California Western School of Law- 1999

Professional Organizations:
Community Associations Institute- Since 2002
Community Associations Institute Rocky Mountain Chapter, HOA Council Chair- 2017 to Feb, 2019
Community Associations Institute Rocky Mountain Chapter, Northern Colorado Committee Chair – Feb, 2019 to Feb, 2021.
Community Associations Institute, Southern Colorado Chapter, Technology Committee Chair- 2017 to Present
Council of Community Association Professionals-2018 to 2020


When Third Parties Ask for Condo/HOA Owners’ Records

E-Vehicle Charging Stations in Common Condo Garages: Is There a Risk of Fire?

How to Trigger a Condo/HOA Discrimination Lawsuit in One Easy Step

Would There Ever Be a Reason for an HOA to Get This Involved in Its Owners’ Personal Lives?

Can Land Be Donated to a Condo/HOA? Would You Even Want It?

Condo/HOA Experts’ 5 Best Tips for Small Communities

California’s New Condo Inspection Law: Early Lessons That Reach Beyond the State

How to Ensure Your Condo/HOA Retains the Holiday Spirit

Who’s the Grinch Here, the Owner, the HOA, or Nobody?

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:


5/20 – Virtual Meetings: The New Reality (Part of the CAI-RMC 2022 Annual Education Summit)

5/25 – Board Basics: HOA Board Responsibilities

06/22 – Finances: HOA Finance Basics

08/10 -TBD

09/01 – Amending Your Governing Documents—The Details

09/28 – Board Basics: Understanding Maintenance Obligations

10/26 – 2022 Annual HOA Legal Review + What can HOAs Regulate

Recent Publications by Melissa M. Garcia

Top 5 Things Board Members Should NOT Do in 2022

ONE: Your Reserve Fund Is Your Friend. Don’t Ignore It. It used to be that I would periodically field questions on financial problems due to inadequate reserves. Today, I am constantly preparing special assessment letters, reviewing loan documents, drafting reserve study policies, and generally advising on all questions related to associations experiencing financial crisis. Why?Go to Resource

What to Do About Electric Vehicle Charging Station Requests?

In 1886, we were introduced to the first gasoline automobile powered by an internal combustion engine.[i]  Today, we fast forward to more and more vehicles powered partially or totally on electricity. In 2018, the world saw a 64% increase in the use of electric vehicles (“EVs”), rising from 3.4 million to 5.6 million[ii].  Today nearlyGo to Resource

Life Lessons for 2021

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”  – John Lennon Truth. And as we’ve just survived one of the most horrendous, life-altering, soul-searching years of our lives, I’m here to tell you one thing… go get a life! And by that I don’t mean the manic pursuit for a biggerGo to Article

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