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Robert M. DeNichilo


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Practice Areas

  • Common Interest Developments
  • Condominium Law
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • Transactional
  • Corporate Counsel


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

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1993
  • US District Court, Central District of California


  • CAI-OC President Elect
  • Past Co-Chair Legislative Support Committee,CAI-OC
  • Board of Directors, CAI-OC
  • CAI-OC Liaison to CAI’s California Legislative Action Committee
  • CAI-OC Delegate to CAI’s California Legislative Action Committee

Professional Associations

  • Community Associations Institute (CAI)
  • CAI College of Community Association Lawyers, Fellow

Professional Accolades

  • CAI-OC, Author of the Year, 2018
  • CAI-OC Legislative Support Committee Chair, Committee of the Year, 2016
  • CAI-OC, Nominated Outstanding Service Award, 2016
  • CAI-OC, Nominated for Author of the Year, 2013
  • CAI-GRIE, Author of the Year, 2013
  • CAI-OC, Nominated for Rising Star Award, 2012


Robert M. DeNichilo is a Partner at Richardson|Ober|DeNichilo. He has over twenty-five years of legal experience and focuses his practice exclusively on the representation of community associations as corporate counsel.

Robert began his career representing insurance carriers, providing them with insurance coverage advice and defending them in multi-million-dollar bad faith lawsuits, taking several of them to trial or resolving them by winning dispositive motions. After spending a decade as a litigator and insurance coverage lawyer, Robert transitioned his practice to representing small and medium sized businesses, providing general counsel advice, negotiating complex issues to get the parties to a “win-win,” and guiding boards in matters of corporate formation and governance. This led Robert to representing community associations, and he has devoted his practice exclusively to the representation of community associations for over a decade. His wide-ranging litigation and business experience benefits his clients as Robert is able to quickly identify the key issues and focus on what matters to leverage positive outcomes for his clients.

Robert is an active member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and has been awarded Author of the Year by multiple CAI chapters for his articles on community association issues. He serves as the CAI Orange County Regional Chapter’s delegate to CLAC and regularly meets with state and federal legislators to discuss issues related to community associations. In 2016, Robert was elected to the Orange County CAI Chapter’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Robert is one of fewer than 175 attorneys nationwide to be admitted as a Fellow of CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). CCAL Fellows are recognized for committing themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct.

As a strong advocate for education for community association managers and boards, Robert regularly speaks at educational and training events for industry organizations, property management companies, and board members throughout California. Robert is the founder of where he frequently provides expert insight on community association topics. He has contributed to industry and national publications including CAI Connect, CAI’s OC View, USA Today, Common Ground and Habitat Magazine.


Select Publications

Select Seminars

  • “Are You Effectively Bridging the Communication Gap Using Digital Media?”
  • “Build Your Rule-Making Toolbox,”
  • “Community Associations and the Joint Employer Conundrum: Is the Association Vendor its Employee?”
  • “Governing Document Amendments – The Whys and the How To and Process of Changing an Association’s CC&Rs and Bylaws”
  • “Handling Bad-Boy Board Members and Out-of-Bounds Owners”
  • “Housing in California; How the High Cost of Housing is Impacting California’s Community Associations”
  • “Improve Your HOA Meetings: What You Need to Know About Robert’s Rules and Other Parliamentary Procedures”
  • “Power to the People: Recalls, Petitions, and Other Demands for Board Action”
  • “Short-Term Rentals: Long-Term Enforcement Strategies”

Select Courses, Authored and Taught

  • Served as faculty for CAI Orange County Regional Chapter, Community Leadership Training Program, “Community Association Law” Course, September 2012

What Clients Are Saying

"Robert DeNichilo is an incredible attorney to work with! He is extremely responsive, educated and accomplished with all respects to Associations and the legal needs of our Communities. I couldn't ask for a better manager/attorney relationship." - Arielle Marion, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Director of Community Management

"Great team of attorneys to work with! Quick to respond to emails and phone calls." - Client Testimonial

"Great legal team. Robert is always quick to respond to any questions."

"The best legal presentation I’ve ever attended!"