Ritchie Lipson is Senior Counsel and leads our business development efforts in Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. For the past 15 years, Ritchie has limited his practice to representation of commercial investors, homeowner associations and residential property owners, to assist in the fair resolution of their claims for defective construction. During that period he has been involved in over 70 cases, including several class action lawsuits, recovering over $95 million for clients. Ritchie has extensive political, business, and real estate development experience. As the former CEO and owner of a multi-state retail chain with 400+ employees, he has been involved in retail and industrial development transactions totaling more than 1.3 million sq. ft. Prior to his business ownership and real estate careers, he spent time at the Security Exchange Commission, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and in the Office of the Minority House Leader in Washington, D.C. Ritchie graduated from the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law at Arizona State University in 1985, and has a degree in International Business Studies from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). He also studied international law at the University of Exeter in England. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Colorado College. He is admitted to practice in Arizona and the District of Columbia. Ritchie is a member of the Community Association Institute, and served as a past board member and Vice President of the Southern Arizona Chapter. He is a member of the Arizona Association of Community Managers, and regularly serves as an instructor for CAAM Certification courses. As a past board member of the Leadership Center in Chandler, Arizona, he was the recipient of the Brian L. Zemp award in recognition of his commitment toward homeowner education. He is also a member of the California Association of Community Managers. Ritchie is an avid surfer and skier and travels the world doing both. He has been a multi-engine, instrumented rated pilot since 1981, is type rated in Citation Jets, and has accumulated over 4000 hours of flying time.