Stephan O. Fjelstad

Stephan O. Fjelstad

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Biography

My practice centers on general counsel, contract drafting and dispute resolution for community association clients. Services include covenants interpretation & enforcement, construction contract drafting, major building repair & rehabilitation project guidance, association governance, and general vendor agreements review and revision.

I have been serving community association clients principally since I joined this law firm in 2007. Immediately prior to joining this firm, I was owner of a law firm practicing commercial and real property litigation, and business advising. Before that I was a full time litigator with the Seattle law firm Tousley Brain Stephens and with the San Francisco firm Carroll, Burdick & McDonough.

I have lectured and presented at Washington State Community Association Institute (WSCAI) educational events and at Continuing Legal Education seminars on various topics such as short-term rentals, view covenants and impairment law, general primers on homeowner association law, architectural design review and enforcement in community associations, non-profit corporation records policies and retention duties, construction contracts, and surface water diversion and lateral support law. I have contributed articles to the WSCAI Journal and other publications, and most recently have served on the WSCAI Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1986
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Distinguished Graduate Scholar
  • Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1979
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship
    • Major: History

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Waterfront Landings Condominium, Board of Directors, 2014 to Present
  • Real Change, Board of Directors, 2002 to 2008

Representative Clients

  • Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue Condominium Association, Seattle (Downtown)
  • 2200 Condominium Association, Seattle (Westlake)
  • Redmond Ridge Residential Association, Redmond
  • Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Association, Snoqualmie
  • Royal Crest Condominium Association, Seattle (Downtown)

References

  • Ferdinand Boyce
  • Jerry Ringenberg
  • Kristen Ledbetter

Past Positions

  • Stephan O. Fjelstad PLLC, Attorney, Owner, 2000 to 2006
  • Tousley Brain Stephens, PLLC, Attorney, 1987 to 1999

Languages

  • English

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association, Member, 1987 to Present
  • Washington State Community Assn. Institute, Member, 2007 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Community Association Law 90%
  • Business Counsel & Advising 5%
  • Contracts Law and Drafting 5%

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1987