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F. Scott Jackson

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F. Scott Jackson concentrates in real estate law and is a founding member of the Firm. He chairs the Firm’s Subdivisions Services Group, which has created over 1,200 residential, mixed-use and commercial owners associations for builders and land developers.

Mr. Jackson has authored several books and articles including two annually updated chapters in Forming California Common Interest Developments, published by the California State Bar.  He also co-authored the book entitled Condominiums and Cooperatives with the Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York, and he co-authored the textbook Business Condominiums published by the National Association of Home Builders. He also edited three chapters for the California State Bar in the book entitled Advising California Common Interest Communities.

Mr. Jackson is a past president of the national Community Associations Institute, a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a charter member of the Board of Governors of the College of Community Association Lawyers.  He is also a member of the California Building Industry Association and a member of the CBIA Liaison Committee with the California Bureau of Real Estate.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation, a member of the United Way Housing Committee, and chairman of the Orange County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Jackson is an “AV” (Martindale Hubbell) top-rated attorney, and has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers® List every year since 2006, as chosen by his peers and through independent research of Los Angeles Magazine. Mr. Jackson was named to Who’s Who Legal’s The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers 2013.

Mr. Jackson is described as “a leading commentator” by the California Court of Appeal and his writings were cited with approval in Davert v. Larson, 163 Cal.App. 3d 407 (1985); Ruoff v. Harbor Creek Community Association, 10 Cal.App. 4th 1624 (1992); and Nahrstedt v. Lakeside Village Condominium Association, 8 Cal. 4th 361 (1994).


  • University of Denver, College of Law, J.D., 1971
    Cum Laude
  • United States Air Force Academy, B.S., 1967


  • “A Leading Commentator”, California Court of Appeal
  • “Humanity Award”, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
  • “Outstanding Service Award”, Community Associations Institute


  • “Commercial and Mixed Use Developments,” and “Condominium Conversions,” Forming California Common Interest Developments, Continuing Education of the Bar (2014).
  • “From Rent to Own: Why Condo Builders Should Get a White Report Before Converting Their Units to For-Rent,”  California Builder (May/June 2008). 
  • "Funding Affordable Housing Without Government Intervention," Orange County Business Journal (2005).
  • “Affordable Housing Endowments,” American College of Real Estate Lawyers News; American Bar Association  (1999).
  • “Strategies to Avoid Construction Defect Claims,” RAM Digest, NAHB (1996).
  • “Staying Ahead of a Hostile Residential Market,” American College of Real Estate Lawyers Papers, American Bar   Association (1995).
  • “How to Protect Yourself from Construction Claims,” Building Community (Spring, 1993).
  • “Strategies for Successful Enforcement of Rules and Deed Restrictions,”Community Associations Institute Research Foundation, Rev. Ed (1992).
  • “Is Converting to Condos the Answer for Stock Cooperatives and Community Apartments?” California Builder   (August-September, 1990).
  • “Vertical Subdivision:  New Approach to Mixed-Use Development,” California Builder (June-July, 1990).
  • Business Condominiums, National Association of Home Builders and Community Associations Institute (1985).
  • Condominiums and Cooperatives, 2nd Ed., J. Wiley & Sons (1984).
  • Commercial and Mixed Use Condominiums and PUD’s, Practicing Law Institute (Spring, 1982).
  • “Discovering Commercial Condominiums,” The California Lawyer (Fall, 1981).
  • “Condo and Homeowners Associations,” National Center for Continuing Legal Education (Spring, 1981).
  • “The ABCs of Commercial Co-Ownership,” Real Estate Review (Fall, 1980).
  • Condominium and Cooperative Conversions, Practicing Law Institute (Spring, 1980).
  • “The Uniform Condominium Act from a Local Government Perspective,” The Urban Lawyer (Summer, 1978).
  • “A Developer’s Guide to Homeowners Associations,” Real Estate Review (Fall, 1977).
  • “Homeowners Associations:  Remedies to Enforce Assessment Collections,” 51 Los Angeles Bar Journal 423-37   (March, 1976).
  • “Lenders: What Your Attorney Should Check in Condominium and PUD Documentation,” The Lending Law Forum  (August, 1976).


  • American Bar Association, American Law Institute and Real Estate Sections of OC & LA Bar Associations
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • American Planning Association
  • Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation
  • Building Industry Show
  • California Building Industry Association
  • California Association of Community Managers
  • California Association of Realtors
  • California Certified Engineers and Land Supervisors
  • California Community Colleges
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • California Bureau of Real Estate
  • California Escrow Association
  • Community Associations Institute (Chairman)
  • Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • National Association of Homebuilders
  • National Center for Continuing Legal Education
  • National Center for Professional Education (Chairman)
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Practicing Law Institute (Chairman)
  • Sales and Marketing Council of Southern California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Society of Real Estate Appraisers
  • State Bar of California
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Miami Law School Institute of Cluster Housing
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Western Building Show (PCBC)


  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Fellow: 1985–present)
  • College of Community Association Lawyers (Founding Director, 1994–present)
  • California State Bar
  • Community Associations Institute (National President, 1982–83)
  • Urban Land Institute (Governor and Council Member)
  • Orange and Los Angeles County Bar Associations