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Scott Jackson

Senior Counsel

Office: Irvine

Phone: 949.851.7427

Fax: 949.752.0597



Scott Jackson

F. Scott Jackson concentrates in real estate law and is a founding member of the Firm. He has chaired the Firm’s Subdivisions Services Group, which has created over 3,500 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 assisted in drafting legislation passed by the California Legislature, including the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act. 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 has given expert testimony in cases involving common interest issues for more than 110 California law firms.

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 Home(ful) Foundation, member of the United Way Housing Committee and director of the Orange County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. He is an “AV” (Martindale Hubbell) top-rated attorney, and has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers® List every year since 2000, as chosen by his peers. Mr. Jackson was named to The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers every year since 2013.

Mr. Jackson is described as “a leading commentator” by the California Court of Appeal, and his testimony or 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); Bear Creek Master Association v. Southern California Investors, Inc., 18 Cal.App. 5th 809 (2018); City of West Hollywood v. Beverly Towers, 52 Cal. 3rd 1184 (1991); and by the California Supreme Court in Nahrstedt v. Lakeside Village Condominium Association, 8 Cal. 4th 361 (1994).


  • American Bar Association (1972–Present)
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow (2020–Present)
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Fellow, 1985–Present)
  • College of Community Association Lawyers (Founding Director. Fellow, 1994–Present)
  • Community Associations Institute (National President, 1982–1983)
  • Orange and Los Angeles County Bar Associations (1972–Present)
  • Urban Land Institute (Governor and Council Member, 1998–Present)
  • California State Bar (Since January, 1972)


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


  • Harbor Hill Community Association (Board Member, 1996–Present. President, 2000–2012)
  • Newport Irvine Rotary Club (Member, 1979–Present. President, 1985–1986)
  • Orange County Bar Foundation (2009–Present)
  • ACREL Cares (American College of Real Estate Lawyers)
  • Habitat for Humanity OC (Board Member, 1998–Present. Board Chair, 2014–2016)
  • Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club (Board Member, 2007–Present. President, 2019–2022)
  • Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation (Board Member, 2004–Present)
  • Home(ful) Foundation (Board Member, 2017–Present)
  • South Coast Community Church Board of Elders (Member, 1994–1998. Chairman, 1996–1997)
  • Mariners Church (Shepherding Elder, 2000–Present)
  • Mariners Church (Torchbearer, 2022)


  • BIA/OC Gwen Rosenbeary Service Award (2022)
  • California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame Honoree (2018)
  • “A Leading Commentator,” California Court of Appeal
  • Martindale – Hubbell AV Rating (1975 – 2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America Honoree, Wall Street Journal (2023)
  • Who’s Who Legal-Real Estate (2012–2023)
  • Showmark Top Attorneys (2016–2023)
  • American Registry Top Attorneys (2011–2023)
  • Marquis Who’s Who (2012–2023)
  • Lawyers of Distinction (2023)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2015–2023)
  • Morning Star Top Professional (2023)
  • City of Newport Beach Proclamation (2015)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award US Publication (2023)
  • California Davis-Stirling Act Honoree by California State Legislature (2015)
  • “Humanity” and “Outstanding Volunteer” Awards, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (2015)
  • “Outstanding Service Award,” Community Associations Institute (2016)

Classes & Seminars:

  • 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 Association of Community Managers
  • California Association of Realtors
  • California Building Industry Association
  • California Certified Engineers and Land Surveyors
  • California Community Colleges
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • California Bureau of Real Estate
  • California Escrow Association
  • College of Community Association Lawyers
  • 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
  • Southwest Builders Forum
  • State Bar of California
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Miami Law School Institute of Cluster Housing
  • University of Southern California
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Western Building Show (PCBC)

Published Cases & Works:

  • “Commercial and Mixed Use Developments,” and “Condominium Conversions,” Forming California Common Interest Developments, Continuing Education of the Bar (2023).
  • “Creating Community Association Law”, Community Associations Institute (2021)
  • “The Positive Effects of Federal Housing Bill H. R. 3700,” The CACM Law Journal (2019).
  • “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).
  • “The Buck Stops With the Board”, Common Ground (1992)
  • “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).
  • “Affordable Housing – Are Stock Cooperatives an Answer?” Society of Reals Estate Appraisers (1980)
  • 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).
  • “Non-Profit Homeowners’ Associations: Should They Incorporate?,” 49 Los Angeles Bar Journal 509-534 (October, 1974).
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