Phaedra Howard Receives National Recognition as a CCAL Fellow

Hellmuth & Johnson partner Phaedra Howard has been granted fellowship in the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). More than 4,000 lawyers practice community association law in the United States, yet fewer than 175 attorneys nationwide can distinguish themselves as CCAL fellows. This recognition is the highest level of service to the practice of community association law.

Howard has earned this national recognition due to her outstanding leadership, commitment to the advancement of the legal principles and practical tools necessary for community associations to thrive. She possesses high ethics, strong analytical and writing skills, a substantial depth of experience and the ability to teach others in the field.

Howard provides legal advice and representation on a wide variety of issues affecting a broad range of entities, including condominium, townhouse, cooperative, and other community associations. She also represents property owners, landlords, property managers and others on various issues involving real estate. She is a Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist since 2012, serves on the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act (“MCIOA”) committee of the MN Bar Association, and was named to the Best Lawyers in America® list for Real Estate, 2021-2024. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Minnesota Legislative Action Committee for the Community Associations Institute, sits on several other committees within the Minnesota chapter, and has served in various similar leadership roles throughout her career.

CCAL was established in 1993 by Community Associations Institute (CAI), providing a forum for the exchange of information among experienced legal professionals working for the advancement of community association governance. Its goals include promoting high standards of professional and ethical responsibility, improving, and advancing community association law and practice, and facilitating the development of educational materials and programming pertaining to legal issues.

Community Associations Institute
Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in the nearly 350,000 homeowner associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With more than 41,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 64 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates as well as with housing leaders in several other countries, including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home.

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