Mark K. Payne
Mark Payne is the managing partner at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP where he specializes in representing community associations in Colorado. Mark provides general counsel to homeowners associations, including counseling boards about responsible governance; preparation of opinions and recommendations for boards of directors; review and amendment of association governing documents; drafting and amendment of contracts; completion and build-out of incomplete communities; and assisting newly-formed associations during the period of declarant control and transition to owner control. He is a frequent speaker at community association seminars and a contributor to various industry publications. Mark is a Fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers, a group of fewer than 150 lawyers nationwide who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the development of community association law.
Before joining WLPP, Mark was a sole practitioner in Littleton, Colorado from 1992 through 1997, and before that, he practiced in a small general practice firm in Greenwood Village, Colorado, where he focused on real estate and business transactions, and commercial litigation.
Mark graduated from the University of Denver in 1978 earning his B.S.B.A., cum laude, with a major in Real Estate and Construction Management, and graduated from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1982. He is a member of the Colorado and Arapahoe County Bar associations, and is admitted to practice in Colorado state and federal courts. To contact Mark directly, you may email him at email@example.com.
Suzanne M. Leff
Suzanne Leff is a partner at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP. She provides general counsel to community associations, and focuses on general business representation, document drafting and interpretation, contract review, covenant enforcement, and governance practices. She presents educational seminars to property managers, board members, and other attorneys who work with community associations. In 2011, she acted as program chair for two CBA-CLE full-day seminars for attorneys. Those classes covered community association responsible governance policies and practices and issues that communities face during economic downturns and stalled development. Suzanne writes articles for the firm’s blog on topics such as changes to legislation affecting community associations, fiduciary duties of board members, the practical application of laws affecting associations, and alternative dispute resolution. She works on legislation impacting associations as a member of the Community Associations Institute’s Colorado Legislative Action Committee.
Outside of her law practice, Suzanne devotes time to volunteer activities that support Denver Public Schools. Most recently she served as co-chair of a community committee that developed recommendations for improving schools in Northwest Denver.
Suzanne received her law degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law, where she served on the Board of Editors of the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy. She earned her B.A. in English and professional writing, with distinction, from Purdue University. To contact Suzanne directly, you may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsay S. Smith
Lindsay Smith is a partner at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis and Payne, LLP where she practices in general community association and real estate law. She provides legal representation in covenant enforcement, eviction, bankruptcy, document amendment petitions, and general association litigation; contract and document drafting and review; general business and governance advice for association clients; and foreclosures. She regularly contributes to the firm’s blog and teaches on topics such as governance and litigation.
A Colorado native, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2001, magna cum laude. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 2004, with honors, and took top awards in International Trade and Water Law. She was Articles Development Editor of the American Indian Law Review, which also published her article on American Indian water rights issues. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in Colorado state and federal courts.To contact Lindsay directly, you may e-mail her at email@example.com.
Brianna L. Schaefer
Brianna Schaefer is a partner at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis and Payne, LLP, where she specializes in the representation of community associations. Brianna has been practicing in HOA law since 2004 and has primarily focused her practice in the areas of collections and foreclosure. She enjoys finding creative ways to assist communities to thrive financially and encourages open communication between board members and owners. She is also an enthusiastic educator and enjoys developing and teaching classes on association related topics.
Brianna is a Colorado native and received her undergraduate degree from The University of Northern Colorado. She then moved to Massachusetts to pursue a law degree and received her Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law in 2002.
She is an active member of CAI, the 1st Judicial District Bar Association, The Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, assists the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in the Colorado Poverty Law Project, and is admitted to practice before the State and Federal Courts in Colorado. To contact Brianna directly, you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molly A. Foley-Healy
Molly A. Foley-Healy is of counsel at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, and has been an attorney since 1989. Prior to joining the firm and entering private practice in Colorado, Molly was involved in the community association industry as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Community Associations Institute. In that capacity, Molly was the chief lobbyist for CAI National and helped legislative action committees around the country craft proactive legislation to further the interests of community associations and the individuals who reside in them, and to address onerous legislation. Molly was also actively involved in governance issues and was the senior executive responsible for working directly with the College of Community Associations Lawyers and assisting the CAI Board of Trustees in transitioning to John Carver’s Policy Governance Model®.
Molly moved to Colorado in 2007 to practice community association law. Molly provides general counsel to community associations including the review and amendment of governing documents; drafting and revising Responsible Governance Policies; reviewing, amending and negotiating contracts; providing legal opinions on maintenance and insurance responsibilities and assisting directors of self-managed communities in understanding and carrying out their fiduciary duties. Molly is committed to a preventative approach to community association law that focuses on problem-solving and sound governance techniques.
Molly actively teaches classes to managers and board members on topics ranging from legislative updates to complying with CCIOA to effective governance. Molly served as Chair of CAI’s Colorado Legislative Action Committee for three years and is currently serving as the Legislative Liaison for the Committee. While serving as Chair, Molly authored the Capitol Chronicles column in the Common Interests magazine. Molly is also a prolific contributor to our blog.
Molly graduated from Central Michigan University in 1986 earning her B.A.A., with a double major in Political Science and Interpersonal and Public Communications. Molly graduated from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1989. Molly is one of less than 150 lawyers admitted to CAI’s prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. To contact Molly directly, you may e-mail her at email@example.com.
Wendy Weigler is of counsel at WLPP, and has focused much of her community association practice on litigating, mediating and arbitrating numerous types of covenant enforcement, contract and collection issues for community associations. She has been successful in both state and federal appeals and has several published opinions. In addition to handling disputes for clients, Wendy has a robust transactional side of her community association practice, handling contract negotiations, document drafting and advising on general business matters. To contact Wendy directly, you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Porter is of counsel at WLPP, where she focuses on the transactional side of the practice by representing homeowners associations and condominium communities. While this is the mainstay of her legal work, Kim also practices real estate and business law and has experience in bankruptcy, collection, employment and administrative law – all areas that routinely impact community associations. Kim excels at counseling her community association clients on the diverse issues and challenges that associations face on a routine basis. Kim can be reached by phone at 303-863-1870 or via email at email@example.com.
Marci Achenbach is an attorney at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP, where she practices general community association law. Prior to joining WLPP, Marci spent many years representing homeowners and homeowner associations in construction defect matters. Marci received her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law where she was a member of the University of Colorado Law Review and a member of the environmental law moot court team. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is licensed to practice in both Colorado and federal courts. To contact Marci directly, you may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.