JOEL M. KRIGER, ESQ.
Joel M. Kriger is the founder of Kriger Law Firm. A native of Pennsylvania, Joel graduated from Temple University in 1970 and moved to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego School of Law, from which he graduated in 1973. Joel maintained a general legal practice (litigation and transactions) until 1980 when he began specializing in providing general counsel to community associations in the San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Inland Empire, Orange and Los Angeles areas.
Joel currently oversees a staff of five lawyers, in addition to himself, who represent the firm’s nearly 700 clients in all aspects of community association representation, including assessment recovery and collections, document restatements and revisions, alternative dispute resolution, CC&Rs enforcement litigation, and corporate matters. In addition to originating the firm’s successful retainer and collections programs, Joel is the managing editor of the firm’s quarterly newsletter, Kriger Law Firm News.
For over thirty years, Joel has been a leader in developing in-house as well as industry-wide legal programs to promote education, communication, and innovation. In recent years, Joel has been a frequent speaker and educator for the Community Associations Institute and California Association of Community Managers. He has taught common interest development courses at San Diego State University and Grossmont, Cuyamaca and Palomar colleges in San Diego County, and the University of California Riverside, Citrus, and San Jacinto colleges in Riverside County. He has written articles for both CAI and CACM publications, as well as The San Diego Union Tribune, The Californian, The Daily Transcript, and the San Diego Daily Commerce.
Joel has earned industry awards which include the CAI’s Hall of Fame Award and Speaker of the Year. In 1986, he served as president of the San Diego Chapter of the CAI. More recently, Joel has turned his attention to addressing condominium conversion issues with developers and investors, as well as with new owners of converted condominium units. Joel is a member of the Foothills Bar Association, the San Diego Bar Association, and the California Bar Association. He lives in El Cajon with his wife of forty years, and enjoys traveling, surfing and photography.
Jamie Handrick is a senior associate attorney with the Kriger Law Firm. She has been practicing homeowners association law since 2006. She provides legal services for all aspects of homeowner association law including civil litigation and transactional work mostly governed by the Davis Stirling Act.
Before joining the Kriger Law Firm, Mrs. Handrick worked at Best Best & Krieger practicing eminent domain litigation where she handled high profile cases for the City of San Diego and the Metropolitan Transit Development Board. She also worked in labor and employment litigation. She drafted resolutions for various water districts dealing primarily with water regulations ‑ storm water, ground water, and pollution regulations. Before that, she worked for Sempra Energy Solutions where she reviewed gas and electricity wholesale and retail sales contracts for proper terms and conditions to aid general counsel and sales executives. She started her legal career at Kennerson, Schwartz, Semerdjian & Haile in civil litigation, construction defect litigation and estate planning.
In 2004 Mrs. Handrick earned her California Real Estate Brokers License and worked very briefly in that profession before deciding the law was her passion. She was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2001 and received her J.D. in May 2000 from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. She was published in the ELOSS Encyclopedia, Great Britain, Endangered Species and International Law in 2001. She earned her Paralegal Certificate in December 1997 from the University of San Diego and graduated from San Diego State University in May 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with an emphasis on environmental studies.
Memberships include the Lawyers Club where she was chairperson of the mentor program for two years, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Foothills Bar Association.
A passion for her horses keeps her busy as she competes in riding competitions in her spare time.
Brad Schuber is a Senior Associate with the Kriger Law Firm, APC, and is licensed to practice law in the states of California and New York. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District and Central District of California.
Brad represents community associations in Southern California and has helped clients address a variety of challenges arising out of the operation of common interest developments. Notably, Brad has participated in and been lead counsel in a variety of litigation matters, including construction cases resulting in million dollar settlements, governing document enforcement, contract disputes, judicial foreclosures and creditor representation in bankruptcy cases. In addition, he regularly advises clients regarding board and member duties under the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, corporate compliance issues, governing document interpretation, vendor contract review, common area repairs, maintenance obligations, rule amendments, and loan closings.
Originally born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Brad moved to New York for college where he attended Pace University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Shortly thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School, graduating in 1999. While attending law school, he was invited to join the school’s prestigious Journal of International and Comparative Law, where he eventually served as Editor-in Chief.
Active in the community, Brad serves on the Education Committee for the Community Associations Institute (CAl), and the Legislative Support Committee for the San Diego Chapter, in support of CAl’s California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC). In addition, he is a member of the California Association of Community Manager (CACM), the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Foothills Bar Associations of San Diego County.
Steve Banks joined the firm in 2017 as a Senior Associate. Steve has been practicing law for over thirty years. Practicing primarily in litigation, his experience also includes homeowners association law, construction defects, product liability and personal injury. Steve obtained his law degree from the University of San Diego, where he was a member of the San Diego Law Review and justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California and is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association as well as Foothill Bar Association, where he is co-chair of the Litigation Section.
LORI F. BESSLER, ESQ.
Lori Bessler, who has been in practice since 1996, joined Kriger Law Firm as Of Counsel after maintaining a practice in community association law, construction and property law, and litigation. She litigates a wide-array of cases including enforcement and contractual suits, construction, business, and property matters. Lori also advises clients in the negotiation of contracts and pursuit of alternative dispute resolution. She provides strategic counsel to her clients on various transactional issues, with the goal of avoiding litigation. Since 2016, Lori has spent more than nine weeks in trial, successfully filed and defended numerous summary judgment motions and, over her career, has successfully mediated and arbitrated over 100 cases. Her sharp litigation skills and ability to read and relate to opposing parties and their counsel, has proven to make Lori a triple threat in the legal arena.
Admitted to practice before all California State and Federal Courts, Lori continues to study new laws and techniques to benefit her clients. She received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, where she was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. As an undergraduate, she was on the Dean’s List and interned for the Honorable Bert Glennon, Jr. Judge.
When not assisting clients, Lori enjoys the beach, yoga, live music, playing Uno with her son, volunteer editing for interesting publications, and spending time with her family, friends and two dogs.