Melissa Garcia

Shareholder - Transaction

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. 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 Present
Community Associations Institute of Southern Colorado, Technology Committee Chair- 2017 to Present
Council of Community Association Professionals- 2018 to Present

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

9/23 – LONGMONT CITY CLASS– Creative Financing for HOAs

10/1 –  CAI-Rocky Mountain Chapter on Virtual Meetings via Zoom: Pandemic Parliamentary Puzzlement: Panic or Participation?

10/7 – Marijuana: Is it Still an Issue?

12/2 – LONGMONT CITY CLASS – Legal Update and Common HOA Rules that are Actually Illegal

12/3 – Ask the Experts!


4/7 – Seven Examples of Discrimination By Association Who Had No Clue They Were Discriminating

8/31 – B 201: Advanced Board Member Training

10/13 – Thou Shall Not Ban…

12/2 – Ask the Experts – Free For All

Recent Publications by Melissa M. Garcia

Election season is upon us. Were you aware that if you don’t adopt a policy or rules on political signs, then you might not be able to regulate political signs in the community? CCIOA merely authorizes the Board to adopt certain political sign regulations; it does not automatically impose such regulations. We previously blogged on political signs andGo to Article

The last several months have been all about COVID-19 and compliance with Public Health Order 20-28 (which, I might add, is now on its 10th amendment as of August 21st!).  But don’t forget about the need to comply with the new changes to the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (“CCIOA”), which were put in placeGo to Article

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