Kevin V. Harker
Kevin’s legal experience comes from working in a wide range of areas, including civil litigation, construction defect litigation, business entity formation, HOA, and landlord-tenant law. During law school he worked for the legal department of SEIU Local 503 assisting with union member grievances and arbitrations.
Kevin has practiced community association law for the last 11 years, litigating numerous construction defect cases, handling the collection of assessments, revising governing documents, and serving as legal counsel to condominium and homeowner associations in Washington, Oregon and Utah. For over a decade, Kevin worked at a regional HOA law firm, first as an associate, then as a partner. In December 2014 Kevin formed Community Association Law Group and continues to represent, and advocate for, community associations.
In his spare time, Kevin enjoys skiing, running, and spending time with his family. Most of all, Kevin likes to climb mountains. Click here to view Kevin’s climbing log.
LEWIS & CLARK LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2004
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
B.A., History, 1994
• Oregon, Washington, Utah
Speaking Engagements and Publications
•Speaker: 2013 National Community Association Institute Law Conference, “Cloud Computing to Increase Firm Efficiency.”
•Speaker: Sept 2013 Oregon Washington Community Association Manager Expo, “Effective Nonprofit Board and Meetings.”
•Speaker: October 2013 Sterling Education Seminar, “Pitfalls of Landlord-Tenant Law.”
•Speaker: 2012 National Association of Legal Secretaries Annual Conference, “Common Interest Communities.”
•Speaker: 2010 National Community Association Institute Law Conference, “Keeping out the Riff-Raff: Making Your Community Safe.”
•Speaker: 2007 Lorman Education Services Continuing Education Seminar, “Legal Aspects of Homeowner and Condominium Associations. “
•Author, “Oregon Community Association Guidebook,” Community Association Law Group 2015.
•Contributing author, “Community Associations,” Institute for Real Estate Management, 2010.
•Co-Author, “Washington HOA Handbook,” Vial Fotheringham, 2006
•Co-editor with Lyndon W. Cook, “My Life’s Review, the Autobiography of Benjamin F. Johnson,” Grandin Book, 1999.
Bruce V. Lepore
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. If you are reading this page, I assume you are interested to find out a little bit more about me or the services I provide. My work as an attorney is my third profession. I have always been eager to try and learn new things, so I entered law school when I was 42 years old. I began working here at Community Association Law Group part time in January of 2016. I stayed involved with the business while attending Lewis and Clark Law School, and have now come back full time. I earned my JD summa cum laude in January of 2019 and passed the Oregon Bar Exam in February of the same year.
Prior to embarking on a legal career, I worked as a manager of community associations at Fieldstone Management in Bend, Oregon. While at Fieldstone I held the the CMCA certification and Oregon Property Manager’s license. I managed several homeowner and condominium associations, performing the full range of management tasks including record keeping, inspections, advising boards of directors, enforcement, architectural review, and the various other services that managers provide. I developed a reputation among my clients for having a detailed understanding of the laws governing community associations and a keen mind for solving the complex issues that associations face. At that time, I met Kevin Harker through a mutual client, and immediately felt that he was someone I could work well with. To me, Kevin had a refreshingly pragmatic and down to earth approach and an uncommon appreciation of the service-oriented nature of the legal profession. Because of the respect I had for him, I was convinced that embarking on a new career later in life was a risk worth taking.
Prior to moving to Oregon, I enjoyed my first successful career as an executive search and selection consultant in Tokyo, Japan. I began working at Hudson Global Resources in 2004 and quickly established myself as an expert in financial technology related hires. My clients included global financial services companies like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America. In 2007 I co-founded the Tokyo branch of a leading Australian Executive Search firm. My partners and I successfully navigated the global recession which devastated the recruitment industry in general. During five years between 2007 and 2012 we grew our office to a peak of 30 staff and $6 million in annual revenue. In 2011 I successfully negotiated an equity buyout, after which I served as General Manager of the office until my relocation to the U.S. in 2013.
In addition to my business experience and my legal education, the main things I’d like you to know about me are that I am hard-working, diligent, reliable, and smart. The law is complicated, and there are no perfect lawyers. Asserting one’s rights can be an expensive proposition. My hope is that our clients believe we have provided them with assistance worth more than the costs. I hope you will give us the opportunity to do so for you.
LEWIS & CLARK LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, 2019
Article Editor, Lewis and Clark Law Review
Larry Kressel Memorial Prize in Land Use Planning
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
B.A., Writing Seminars, 1996
Bruce Lepore, Can We Do That? Defining the Scope of Rulemaking Authority in Oregon’s Common Interest Developments; Part I: Statutory Scope of Authority, Lewis & Clark L. Rev. Online J., Spring 2018, at 1, https://law.lclark.edu/live/files/28075-can-we-do-that-defining-the-scope-of-rulemaking
Welcome to Harker & Lepore and thank you for taking some time to read my profile. Working in the legal field was not my initial dream as my childhood was filled with the desire to serve in the military. Following that dream, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2005 as a field radio operator. The Marine Corps fulfilled my desire to not only serve my county at large, but give back to my local community as well. From 2005 to 2009, I proudly served my country and would have continued to do so but for an unfortunate incident and injury in 2008. In 2009, I was honorably discharged and left with a want to serve that needed to be filled. Due to my injury, I was unable to serve my community in a more traditional role and I was forced to think outside the box. I eventually found my answer in the Portland legal community.
In 2016, I enrolled at Lewis & Clark Law School to begin the arduous path of becoming an attorney. During my time at Lewis & Clark, I had an opportunity to serve various members of the community through my work at the Oregon DOJ, Western Resources Legal Center, Port of Portland, and Goldwater Institute. In June 2019, I earned my JD cum laude and I am currently awaiting the results of the July 2019 Bar.
Many of the skills learned in the military have transferred well to the legal field. As a self-motivated and driven individual, I take the initiative to seek out challenges and opportunities which will broaden my horizons. The values I learned in the Marines have continued to be a driving force in my life; leading me to approach all situations with integrity and a determination to overcome any challenge. I hope that you will allow us at Harker & Lepore to tackle that challenge.
Lewis & Clark Law School
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2019
Lead Article Editor, Lewis & Clark Law Review
Portland State University
B.S., cum laude, Political Science, 2016
Phi Kappa Phi, President’s List
Honors Thesis: Determinants of State Firearms Policy Variation
I graduated from Whitman College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Psychology. During my senior year, I took a legal internship with the intention of losing my interest in becoming an attorney. That plan backfired, so I plan on going to law school.
In my spare time, I cook, run, read, and train my cat Jimmy to speak or at least give high-fives.
B.A., English, 2019, Magna Cum Laude
Avery Morrison joined Community Association Law Group in January 2019 as a Paralegal. She graduated from Portland State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in German, although she enjoyed German more than Economics. After graduating, she was able to pursue her interest in the legal field by enrolling in Portland Community College, where in 2018 she received her Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies.
Avery enjoys hiking, jogging, the Scottish sport of curling, and keeping her German language skills up to date."
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S., Economics (minor in German), 2017
PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
AAS Paralegal, 2018
Rory Bialostosky joined Community Association Law Group in January 2019 as a Project Assistant. Raised in West Linn, Oregon, he graduated from West Linn High School and most recently interned with the National District Attorneys Association in Washington, D.C. while attending American University. He developed a passion for law through a lawsuit that he brought forth against the City of West Linn. He took time off from college to gain work experience in the legal field and that brought him to the firm. He is completing college and plans to pursue a J.D.
Rory enjoys playing golf, advocating at city council meetings, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world to Spanish speaking countries, and reading about the law.