Steven Roseman, Esq.

Steven Roseman, Esq.

Founder & Managing Partner

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.

Admissions:
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

Education:
Witwatersrand University

Sean D. Allen, Esq.

Sean D. Allen, Esq.

Partner

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.

Admissions:
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

Education:
J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law
B.A., University of California

Cecilia N. Brennan, Esq.

Cecilia N. Brennan, Esq.

Attorney

Cecilia N. Brennan is a senior attorney with the law firm Roseman Law, APC, in its San Diego office.

Ms. Brennan’s practice has most recently focused on the representation of commercial and residential common interest developments. She has assisted clients with a wide-range of related matters, including board governance, contract drafting and analysis, FHA/HUD condominium certification and re-certification, governing document drafting and analysis, policy enforcement, federal and state law compliance, administrative hearings and procedure, and litigation matters. In addition to this experience, Ms. Brennan brings over ten years of experience in various areas of legal practice, ranging from non-profit, corporations, and municipal law, to housing, land use, and planning law.

Ms. Brennan is an active member of the Legal Advisory Steering Committee of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) and is a member of the San Diego chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI). She has been a featured author and speaker for various industry publications and educational events.  Ms. Brennan has also been active within the diverse San Diego legal community, as a current member of local county bar associations and former member of La Raza Lawyers Association, Latinas in the Law, and the Lawyers Club. Being bilingual, Ms. Brennan is also able to handle matters involving Spanish-speaking individuals.

Ms. Brennan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, with an emphasis in public interest law and policy. Prior to pursuing her J.D., Ms. Brennan developed extensive experience in the public interest, including community economic development and non-profit management. As part of this work, Ms. Brennan co-founded two Los Angeles-based non-profit organizations focused on educational equity and community development, respectively.

On a personal note, Ms. Brennan currently sits on the Advisory Board of a San Diego-based nonprofit organization dedicated to finding policy-based solutions to homelessness. Ms. Brennan is also an avid supporter of music and arts, especially in education. A long-time advocate for children and youth, Ms. Brennan will always lend a hand to a young person in need.


Admissions: 
State Bar of California, 2006
U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Education
J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Program in Public Interest Law and Policy
B.A., University of California at Los Angeles

David A. Taran, Esq.

David A. Taran, Esq.

Attorney

David Taran is an attorney with the  law firm of Roseman Law, APC, in its Los Angeles office.

Mr. Taran specializes in the practice of real estate and business law. Mr. Taran focuses on all aspects of real estate and business litigation and transactions, including, without limitation, sale and acquisition, development, construction defect, disclosure issues, fraud, contract drafting and disputes, entity formation, property owners associations, and corporate counseling. Mr. Taran has successfully represented numerous clients and has been on trial teams that have secured multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. Mr. Taran has successfully represented clients in California State Court proceedings, Federal Court proceedings, mediations, and arbitrations in complex commercial matters and multi-jurisdictional settings.

Mr. Taran has a strong background in real estate and finance. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Taran worked in the mortgage industry for several wholesale mortgage brokers, and direct lenders. He has experience with all aspects of real estate transactions, and review of loan documents. He is familiar with escrow procedures, closings, and title issues. Mr. Taran is a licensed real estate broker.

Mr. Taran previously served as a judicial clerk in the Superior Court of California, in the county of Sacramento, where he gained valuable trial experience. Mr. Taran also worked for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), where he gained experience in discrimination matter, as they affect employers and housing providers, including homeowners associations. While at the DFEH, Mr. Taran participated in administrative trials, mediations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Taran has been selected to the 2016 and 2017 Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers. Only 2.5% of attorneys in California receive this distinction. In 2012, Mr. Taran also received a Public Service Honors award in recognition of his work in the public sector.

Mr. Taran earned his juris doctorate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, and his bachelor of science in business law at the California State University, Northridge, where he was on the Dean’s list in recognition of his academic achievements.

Admissions:
State Bar of California, 2012
U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Education:
J.D., University of California, Davis, School of Law
B.S., California State University, Northridge

Robert Velasquez, Esq.

Robert Velasquez, Esq.

Attorney

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.

Admissions:
State Bar of California, 2016

Education:
J.D., Loyola Law School
B.A., University of California, Irvine

Sophie Haimof, Esq.

Sophie Haimof, Esq.

Attorney

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.

Admissions:
State Bar of California, 2016

Education:
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
B.S., California State University, Northridge

Teresa Agnew

Teresa Agnew

VP Business Development & Client Relations

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.

Carmen Menendez

Carmen Menendez

Assessment Collection & Accounts Receivable

Carmen Menendez has been with Roseman Law since 2014. She assists in our delinquent assessment collection department, and in our accounts receivable department.

Julie Ho

Julie Ho

Paralegal

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.

Monica Blake

Monica Blake

Paralegal

Monica Blake is a certified Paralegal with the law firm of Roseman Law, APC.  She attended California State University, Fullerton, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She went on to work for an international, publicly traded company for over five years as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Legal Assistant to the Chief General Counsel. During her tenure she received her Paralegal certificate with specialty certificate in Business law, graduating with honors.

Most recently, Monica worked as a Paralegal for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Asset Forfeiture section where she supported three federal prosecutors with civil and criminal litigation. Monica has experience drafting variety of legal pleadings including complaints, lis pendens, and judgments against real property. In addition, she developed strong niche in discovery and prepared over one hundred civil federal subpoenas, organizing and analyzing the production of data.