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March Managers Seminar: Hot Topics in Community Association Law
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Come and hear three community association attorneys discuss collections, complying with HOPA, taking action by email, open/closed board meetings and more

When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota  55114
United States

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Session Details | Learning Objectives | Speaker Information | Agenda | Credentials

The education program has been approved for 1.5 Hours - Real Estate Credits


– $35 for members (early)
– $45 for members (regular)
– $55 for nonmembers
Early registration discount ends one week before the event.

Session Details

Come and hear three community association attorneys discuss collections, complying with HOPA, taking action by email, open/closed board meetings and more. Each attorney will present a brief talk followed by questions from the attendees. This will be a great opportunity to get up to speed on multiple legal topics at one time!

Learning Objectives

  • Ensuring compliance with HOPA

  • Knowing when you can legally close a board meeting

  • Understand association collection options

Speaker Information

Nigel Mendez– Carlson & Associates, Ltd..

Nigel Mendez is an attorney with Carlson & Associates, Ltd., a law firm located in Vadnais Heights, MN. His practice areas include community association law, municipal law, insurance defense, subrogation and civil litigation. He is licensed to practice in all Minnesota State and Federal Courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Court. Nigel has been representing community association clients for more than eight years and the firm presently represents more than six hundred associations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and greater Minnesota.

Nigel is the Chair of the CAI-MN Education Committee, a member of the CAI-MN communications committee and writes the "Ask the Attorney” article in the Minnesota Community Living magazine. Nigel was named a 2013 Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers. He frequently speaks to property managers and boards on issues facing community associations. He can be reached via email or by phone at 651-287-8640. His website is

Matt Drewes | Thomson & Nybeck

Matt Drewes is a Shareholder with Thomsen & Nybeck. He is the head of the firm’s eight-member Community Association Representation Group and the firm’s Creditors’ Remedies Group, and practices in the areas of business and real estate litigation and transactions, construction litigation, community association law, debtor/creditor law, and insurance coverage. He has been included in the annual list of Minnesota’s Rising Stars, and has been quoted in the Minneapolis StarTribune, Minnesota Lawyer, Habitat Magazine, and on various websites including Yahoo!,,,, and elsewhere on various legal issues involving construction litigation, community associations, real property, and insurance. He can be reached at or by phone at 952.835.7000, or go to

Fred Krietzman | Felhaber Larson

Fred Krietzman is a shareholder with the law firm of Felhaber Larson, which has offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and is the Chair of the law firm’s Real Estate Section. Fred represents several homeowners associations, as well as multi‑family developers and individuals. Fred is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association. He is a former director of, and former chair of the Legal Committee of, the Minnesota Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. Fred is a frequent speaker at seminars on issues relating to homeowners associations and common interest communities, and has also authored several articles on those issues. Fred can be reached by e-mail at, or by telephone at (612) 373-8418. The website of Felhaber Larson is found at

Agenda of program

Presentation by Nigel, Matt and Fred on the topics stated above. Followed by time for questions and answers on the presented topics.

Professional Credentials & Real Estate Credits:

Professional Credentials:
All CAI-MN events qualify toward earning and maintaining your professional credentials (CMCA, AMS, PCAM, etc.). Visit the Professional Credentials webpage to learn more! Click Here

Real Estate Credits:
CAI-MN submits application for Real Estate Credits with the state of Minnesota for each educational program.

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