Steven Roseman, Esq.Founder & Managing Partner
Sean D. Allen, Esq.Partner
Paul Cooley, Esq.Attorney
Stephen M. Kirkland, Esq.Attorney
Robert Velasquez, Esq.Attorney
Sophie Haimof, Esq.Attorney
Karina Babikian, Esq.Attorney
Farzad Rashedi, Esq.Attorney
Teresa AgnewVP Business Development & Client Relations
Ida ClairmontRegional Marketing Manager
Carmen MenendezHR Coordinator
Sara SheafferLegal Assistant
Steven A. Roseman, Esq. is the founder and managing partner in the law firm of Roseman Law, APC, which has offices in Southern California.
Mr. Roseman specializes in the practice of Business and Real Estate Law. In addition to his significant transactional experience, Mr. Roseman has significant trial experience, including jury and bench trials and arbitration proceedings.
His representation includes all types corporations and individuals. In addition, he represents commercial, retail, mixed-use, multi-family, and residential property owners in all aspects of business and real estate legal issues. Mr. Roseman has experience in negotiating all aspects of contract and real estate transactions, including drafting and/or revising various contracts, including vendor contracts, purchase and sale and related documents, loan documents, entity formation, operating/shareholder agreement, legal opinion letters, lease documents, construction agreements and related matters. Mr. Roseman has significant trial experience in dealing with partnership/member/shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims, easement issues, non-disclosure matters, construction and defective construction/soil subsidence claims.
Mr. Roseman also has significant experience in representing common interest developments in the Creation and Amendment of Governing Documents, Contract Negotiations, Litigation (both enforcement and defense), Construction Defect/Land Subsidence Litigation and Bad Faith Litigation. Over the past 22 years, Mr. Roseman has represented hundreds of condominium and homeowners associations in dealing with both their transaction needs and litigation related issues. Mr. Roseman lectures extensively to trade and industry groups on issues relating to real estate matters, condominium and homeowners associations and construction defect litigation. He has authored various articles and was a contributing author to the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Cumulative Supplements to the 3rd edition of the book “Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States.”
Mr. Roseman has unique business and real estate experience. In addition to representing homeowners associations and property owners in construction defect matter, he also has a substantial knowledge in dealing with local City Ordinance issues and Coastal Commission matters. Mr. Roseman has handled matters ranging from easement issues, negotiation of construction contracts, to development of commercial projects.
He is actively involved in numerous organizations. He is a member of the California and Nevada State Bar Associations. Mr. Roseman is an active member of the two most prominent trade groups in the common interest development industry—California Association of Community Managers (CACM) and the Community Associations Institute (CAI).
Mr. Roseman serves on the faculty of CACM and lectures on behalf of CAI and CACM, including CAI’s ABC Essentials Course and CACM’s C-CAM manager and high-rise manager certification. In addition, he serves on the Mediation Steering Committee for CAI Los Angeles, as a delegate for CAI’s Legislative Action Committee (CLAC), and serves on the CACM Legal Steering Committee. He is acknowledged for the time, energy and expertise he has dedicated to the Legislative Action Committee during the 2008 Legislative session to present.
Mr. Roseman was awarded the “Speaker of the Year” award by the CAI Channel Islands Chapter, and nominated as “Speaker of the Year” by the CAI Orange County Chapter. Past nominations and recognitions include: 2012 nominated for “Speaker of the Year” by CAI Orange County, and in 2009 as “Speaker of the Year” by CAI Channel Islands Chapter, and nominated for the “Excellence in Service” Award by CACM.
In 2013, Mr. Roseman was appointed by the City Council of Calabasas to serve on the City of Calabasas Historic Preservation Commission, and in 2016 was appointed to serve on the City of Calabasas Planning Commission.
On a personal note, in addition to various other charities he is involved Mr. Roseman serves on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization striving to find a cure for children and adults suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
In addition to other sports activities, Mr. Roseman is also an avid runner. He has completed a number of half-marathon races and participates in “ToughMudder” races and the annual “MuddRun” at Camp Pendleton together with the marines and other members of Roseman Law, APC, benefiting the Armed Forces Services YMCA.
State Bar of California, 1993
State Bar of Nevada, 2001
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Licensed to practice law in South Africa
Sean D. Allen is a partner with the law firm of Roseman Law, APC, and is the head of the firm’s HOA department.
Mr. Allen is a skilled attorney with litigation, appellate, and transactional experience in areas such as real property, contracts, business and corporate governance, interpretation and enforcement of governing documents, business entity formation, and bankruptcy.
Having exclusively represented homeowners associations and other common interest developments for several years, Mr. Allen has broad experience with issues and disputes that impact community associations, including CC&R interpretation and enforcement, corporate governance, compliance with Davis-Stirling Act, assessment collection, foreclosure, document restatements, encroachment and boundary disputes, lien priority, eviction, and community association governance. Additionally, Mr. Allen is one of the few attorneys knowledgeable of the unique issues surrounding community associations as bankruptcy creditors.
Mr. Allen obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. He is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of California and in every United States District Court throughout the State. He has successfully argued matters before the several Superior Courts of Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Luis Obispo County, and Santa Barbara County, as well as the California Court of Appeal, and each of the California District Bankruptcy Courts.
Mr. Allen is an active member of Community Associations Institute (CAI) in several Southern California chapters and has authored a number of articles pertaining to common interest development law and its application to community associations in California. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at various CAI events, including the 2016 and 2018 CAI National Law Seminars. Mr. Allen is a member of the California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC) for the Channel Islands and Los Angeles Chapters of CAI, and serves on the Education Committee for the Orange County Chapter of CAI.
State Bar of California, 2007
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law
B.A., University of California, Riverside
Paul Cooley is a senior attorney with the law firm Roseman Law, APC, and is the head of the firm’s litigation department.
Mr. Cooley is a multi-talented attorney with exemplary work ethic and expertise in providing sound legal advice and opinions for public and private clients regarding negotiation, contract drafting, employment, litigation, liability exposure, and insurance coverage issues.
He is organized, disciplined, and methodical, while consistently maintaining a positive attitude good sense of humor. With nearly thirty years of litigation experience, Mr. Cooley is well equipped to handle even the most complex matters.
Mr. Cooley is the former Vice Chair for Public Service Projects, Smart Growth & Green Building Committee of the American Bar Association and the author of works published by the ABA. He is also an Eagle Scout recognized by the National Eagle Scout Association (N.E.S.A.).
Mr. Cooley earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, where he graduated with honors.
State Bar of California, 1990
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
J.D., Loyola Law School
B.A., Loyola Marymount University
Stephen M. Kirkland, Esq. is a senior attorney with the law firm Roseman Law, APC, in its San Diego office.
Mr. Kirkland has over seventeen (17) years of legal experience in the common interest development field, including an expertise in assessment collection and general counsel. He assists clients with wide-ranging legal matters, including compliance; governing document drafting, restating, interpretation, and enforcement; board governance; dispute resolution; and construction defect claims.
Mr. Kirkland has a particular knack for explaining complex legal issues in an understandable format, and brings this skill to his interactions with our clients. Ever-willing to assist managers, boards, and others in the field, Mr. Kirkland has also been a featured speaker and presenter at numerous industry events and educational activities. He has been actively involved in the Community Association Institute (CAI) having served as a member and Chairperson on the Ambassador Committee for the Greater Inland Empire Chapter.
Mr. Kirkland received his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2001, where he graduated cum laude.
In his spare time, Mr. Kirkland plays and closely follows Rugby, a passion coming from his young days growing up in his native New Zealand. Mr. Kirkland brought his Rugby skills to the United States in the early 1990s to coach Dartmouth Women’s Rugby team to their first Ivy League Championship. Although a proud “kiwi,” following his stellar coaching experience, Mr. Kirkland decided to plant roots in San Diego and pursue his legal career.
State Bar of California, 2001
U.S. District Court, 2001
J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law
B.A., University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Robert M. Velasquez is an associate attorney with the firm of Roseman Law, APC. Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Velasquez worked for a tax resolution company where he negotiated the resolution of tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service and state tax entities on behalf of individuals and businesses. Prior to that, he has worked in the areas of workers’ compensation defense, employment law litigation, and counseling for employers. Mr. Velasquez has experience drafting legal motions and briefs, as well as various types of contracts. He has also assisted businesses with the formation of business associations such as LLCs.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Velasquez had over a decade of experience working in companies ranging from small family owned, to large multi-national corporations. During that time, his focus was mainly in accounting, successfully performing a wide variety of functions within that sphere.
Mr. Velasquez graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, making multiple appearances on the Dean’s list. He earned his Juris Doctor with a concentration in corporate law from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Business Law Society, and participated on the Loyola Law School Transactional Negotiation Team and Loyola’s International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
State Bar of California, 2016
J.D., Loyola Law School
B.A., University of California, Irvine
Sophie Haimof is an attorney with the law firm of Roseman Law, APC.
Prior to joining our team, Ms. Haimof worked for a boutique law firm where she developed and drafted estate plans and advised clients on protection of their assets, including retirement plans, life insurance policies, business interests and real property. In addition, she represented clients in general civil litigation matters, including personal injury and premises liability claims. She has experience negotiating claims with insurance carriers, and drafting various pleadings in connection with general civil litigation matters.
Prior to practicing law, Ms. Haimof gained experience in real estate while working at a commercial real estate firm. She currently holds a real estate salesperson license.
Ms. Haimof earned her Bachelor of Science in business law at California State University, Northridge, where she received the Department of Business Law Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award and was on the Dean’s list in recognition of her academic achievements. She earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she was appointed to be a Loyola Ambassador and served to facilitate communication among faculty, administration, alumni and students as an elected member of the Student Bar Association.
State Bar of California, 2016
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
B.S., California State University, Northridge
Karina Babikian is an attorney with the law firm of Roseman Law, APC.
Prior to joining our firm, Ms. Babikian worked at a boutique law firm practicing real estate and business law. She has gained experience in all areas of real estate law – including transactional and litigation matters. She provided general counsel services for business and corporate clients as well as advising on transactional, regulatory, and insurance matters. Ms. Babikian also has experience representing common interest developments throughout Southern California.
Ms. Babikian earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in Politics, from La Sierra University where she was on the Dean’s List in recognition of her academic achievements. She earned her Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law where she was a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation and received a Commitment to Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Work in Government Service.
State Bar of California, 2016
J.D., Chapman University School of Law
B.A., La Sierra University
Farzad Rashedi is an associate attorney with the law firm of Roseman Law, APC.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rashedi worked for a civil litigation defense firm where he represented employers, third-party administrators and insurance companies in a wide range of litigation matters. In addition, Mr. Rashedi has experience assisting and advising business owners with regulatory compliance and related transactional matters.
Mr. Rashedi received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from California State University, Northridge. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rashedi worked in the real estate and banking industry, where he gained extensive knowledge in real estate transactions and mortgages. Mr. Rashedi received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of law, where he focused his areas of study in commercialization of emerging technologies. In addition, during his last year of law school, he attended UCLA School of Law as a visiting student, where he further honed his knowledge in media, broadcast and technology regulations.
State Bar of California, 2017
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D. , 2016
UCLA School of Law (visiting student 2015-2016)
California State University, Northridge, B.A. Economics, 2010
Teresa Agnew has been with Roseman Law, APC since 2009. She has worked in the marketing management arena in numerous capacities for more than 20 years. She brings expertise and history of success in sales, marketing, operations and client services to Roseman Law. As the firm’s Vice President of Business Development and Client Relations Director, she is responsible for continuing development for new business, maintaining client relationships, growth in new markets, and oversees the firm vision and strategic planning. In addition, she oversees new client inquiries and serves as liaison between clients, attorneys, and staff.
Teresa is a member of several chapters of Community Associations Institute (CAI). She is currently serving as President of the CAI-Channel Islands Chapter. In addition, she serves on the Orange County chapter Awards Committee, the Legislative Support Committee, and the Spring Forum Committee. Ms. Agnew volunteers as co-chair for the Golf Committee of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Most recent recognitions include the 2013 “Committee of the Year” Award for CAI-Channel Islands, and the 2013 “Committee of the Year” Award for the Legislative Support Committee for the CAI-Orange County Chapter. Past awards include 2012 “Committee of the Year” for the Channel Islands Chapter, the 2012 “Outstanding Service Award and 2012 “Committee of the Year” Award” for the Orange County Chapter. Ms. Agnew was the recipient of the 2009 Diane Doria “Volunteer of the Year” Award for the CAI- Channel Islands Chapter.
In addition to keeping up with her 3 sons, she enjoys sports activities such as yoga and spinning, and her passion is running. She has completed a total of 10 marathons and half-marathons over the past 13 years. Most recently, she participated in the annual “MuddRun” at Camp Pendleton, with her fellow colleagues, together with the marines, benefiting the Armed Forces Services YMCA.
Ida Clairmont joins the firm as a Regional Marketing Manager.
Prior to joining our team, she has worked in the Real Estate and Mortgage industry for over 15 years. She received her Real Estate license in 2003 (which she currently holds along with her Certificate of Notary Public). She worked at a boutique Real Estate and Mortgage office as a realtor, then to work for commercial banks as a Mortgage Loan Consultant and a Business Banker, assisting consumers and business owners.
As a Mortgage Loan Consultant and Business Banker, she was responsible for developing and marketing for new relationship, maintaining current relationship, along with analyzing applicants’ financial status, credit and property evaluations to determine loan feasibility and performing daily maintenance of the loan application and managing a team to close the loan from start to finish. She helped coordinate trades shows and events for Realtors and consumers in educating 1st time homebuyers in purchasing a home. She was also a member of Real Estate and business networking groups, which focused on assisting the community with homeownership.
On a personal note: Ms. Clairmont has volunteered with Project Mercy and Baja Challenge, a nonprofit organization in building homes and improving the lives of the most poor and needy family in the outlying neighborhood of Tijuana. It was another opportunity for her to give back to the community.
In addition to Ms. Clairmont being adventurous and very active in many sports, she is an avid runner and has run several half-marathon races and had placed in her category.
Carmen Menendez serves as the firm’s Human Resources Coordinator. She also assists in our delinquent assessment collection department, and in our accounts receivable department.
Julie is an experienced legal assistant and licensed Paralegal supporting our attorneys in litigation and transactional matters. Before joining our firm in 2015, Julie worked for a boutique law firm handling family law and complex marital dissolution matters. A certified Notary Public, Julie is familiar with all manner of transactional legal documents.
Julie has experience drafting a variety of pleadings in litigation matters, including complaints, answers, demurrers, and various motions. She is also adept at propounding and responding to written Discovery demands. Julie’s attention to detail, coupled with her analytical and organizational skills, have proven her to be an exceedingly valuable member of our team.
Nuria Hernandez is a licensed paralegal supporting our attorneys in litigation and transactional matters. Prior to joining Roseman Law, Nuria provided substantial legal and administrative support to attorneys at a firm focused on the protection of tenants’ rights against substandard living conditions.
Nuria has experience in drafting a variety of legal documents including: complaints, pleadings, discovery, motions, notices, and subpoenas. Nuria is also proficient in managing a calendar of hearings, appointments, depositions, meetings, court appearances, and deadlines.
Nuria earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from San Diego State University. She obtained her Paralegal Certificate from University of California, Los Angeles, Extension, where she graduated with honors.
Sara Sheaffer is an Administrative Legal Assistant with Roseman Law, APC. She graduated from California Lutheran University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. During her education, she did an internship with the United States Probation Office supporting Federal Probation Officers in ongoing cases. Sara supports the attorneys in our Common Interest Development Department.