Staying Connected: "Legally Speaking: Hot Topics"


April 22, 2021
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
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"Legal Update for Multi-family and Commercial Property Managers"

  • Mass tort litigation
  • Federal Eviction Moratoria
  • Commercial Evictions and the pandemic
  • CCPA/CPRA overview
  • Questions and Answers



Eli Gordon: Eli Gordon is the Managing Partner of the Business Real Estate Group in Los Angeles.  Mr. Gordon has been recognized as one of the leading real estate litigation defense attorneys in Los Angeles and has represented some of the largest property owners and managers in the country in high stakes litigation. Mr. Gordon is the Chair of the Affordable Housing Practice Group at Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP and has been a distinguished member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) government affairs committee. Mr. Gordon joined KTS in 2006 as a law clerk while attending Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California.  Mr. Gordon then joined KTS as an Associate Attorney in 2007 and, after exhibiting an exemplary record of results for his clients, was named Partner in 2014. Mr. Gordon’s practice has focused primarily on defending complex litigation matters filed in state and federal court against owners and managers of residential and commercial real estate including, but not limited to, mass Plaintiff habitability disputes, fair housing disputes, wrongful eviction claims, breach of lease actions and other matters in the business and real estate arena.  Mr. Gordon’s work in prosecuting commercial breach of lease complaints has led to judgments totaling in the millions of dollars for his clients.  Mr. Gordon has handled several high profile appellate matters and has presented argument before the California Court of Appeals, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Mr. Gordon is also an active member of the California Apartment Association, the Institute of Real Estate Management and the Building Owners and Managers Association.

Cynthia Stelzer: Cynthia Stelzer is a Partner for the Business Real Estate Group in San Diego. Ms. Stelzer joined the firm’s Business Real Estate Group in 2006 and brought with her extensive litigation knowledge.  Her practice includes providing counsel in both transactional and litigation matters focusing on business and real property issues, including commercial unlawful detainers, commercial breach of lease actions and actions involving boundary and title disputes, easements, partition and adverse possession.  Ms. Stelzer practices further in the area of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and in the field of commercial owner’s association representation. Ms. Stelzer represents commercial landlords, property managers, business owners and real estate investors in business and complex real estate issues. Since joining the Business Real Estate Group, Ms. Stelzer has handled thousands of matters involving commercial disputes. Her clientele consists of the top commercial brokerage and management companies nationwide.  In addition to being an attorney, Ms. Stelzer is a licensed broker and realtor and uses this expertise to grow her practice. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Stelzer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University where she was an editor on the Dispute Resolution Law Journal and a Founding Student Board Member of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Law.

Tracey Merrell: Tracey Merrell is the Managing Partner of Education and offices in our Los Angeles location.  She began her career representing banks in post foreclosure evictions throughout all 58 counties in California.  As bank owned foreclosures slowed down, she transitioned into evictions for management companies and individual owners. She is experienced in all aspects of litigation, from the development of case strategy, through discovery, depositions, motion practice, and trials including bench and jury. She joined our office as a trial attorney and has extensive experience in court making hundreds of appearances a year since joining the firm.  She has in depth knowledge of the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance.  Ms. Merrell transitioned to the Education Department to further her goal of providing training and knowledge to both clients and staff.

Event Details:

When: April 22, 2021
Time:11:15 am- 12:45 pm
Where: Comforts of your home
Cost: Registration is free, however for those who can, we appreciate your continued support of IREM San Diego, we have an Optional Registration Contribution.

2021 IREM Industry Partners Meeting Sponsors:

Pro-Tech Painting, RSI Roofing, Allied Universal Security Services, American Technologies, Black Diamond Paving & Concrete,  BrightView Tree Care Services, COSCO Protection, COX Business, Integrated Sign Associates, Professional Maintenance Systems, RentPath

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$0.00 Optional Registration Contribution - Property Manager or 2021 IREM SD Industry Partner