MEET THE TEAM
By their very design and intent, homeowners associations are often exposed to a wide variety of legal issues confronting them on multiple fronts. The disputes span the spectrum from the very simple to the very serious and everything in between, and each is potentially disastrous when not handled correctly by diligent experts. The Goodman Law Office has exactly the expertise required to avert such disasters by resolving each issue succinctly through capable vigilance.
Clint G. Goodman is an attorney with Goodman Law Office and a founding member of the HOA Institute, for which he is also a managing member and is the chairman of their Legislative Action Committee. Mr. Goodman once worked for the United States Attorney’s Office and earned the respect and esteem of his colleagues for his legal knowledge and investigatory skills. He has dedicated his adult life to serving the legal needs of this community, having once served as a police officer decorated with many awards and commendations before becoming an attorney. He now limits his practice to representing HOA boards and management companies.
As a proactive member of his profession, Clint has written an HOA Questions and Answers column for the Arizona Republic and has also been a guest speaker for the National Association of Residential Property Managers. He’s been featured prominently in several East Valley Tribune and Arizona Republic articles. Clint is deeply committed to education, frequently lecturing at many of the most highly regarded schools in the region, including the Southwestern School of Real Estate. As an instructor at the SSRE, he shared his wealth of experience in homeowners association law by teaching the class “HOA: From the Inside Out.” Most recently, Clint is serving on the Education Committee for the Arizona Association of Community Managers and is also an AACM instructor. A tireless and dedicated family man, Clint enjoys mountaineering, hiking, camping and traveling with his family.
Carrie H. Smith – is Of Counsel to the Goodman Law firm. She has dedicated her legal career to representing clients in litigation, and has devoted the last five years to representing community associations in every arena, from Administrative and Justice Courts to the Arizona Supreme Court. While Carrie believes in aggressive courtroom representation, she also knows that some of the best outcomes have come from creative thinking that provides positive solutions for clients and avoids the courthouse altogether.
Carrie is available to assist associations with collection and enforcement cases as well as other issues such as: Fair Housing, Equal Opportunity Employment, and interpretation or amendment of CC&Rs. Carrie is licensed to practice in Arizona’s State and Federal courts as well as the US Supreme Court. Carrie enjoys taking motorcycle rides with her husband and spending time with her sons.
Marilyn Conner – has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to the pursuit of excellence in an impressive array of roles spanning the spectrum of the legal profession. A Certified Legal Assistant since 1997, Ms. Conner has earned the respect and admiration of her peers and her clients alike throughout her commendable career.
A trusted and highly commended legal secretary throughout most of the 1980′s, she exuded an unparalleled level of professionalism and proficiency that were the hallmarks of her exemplary work ethic. Never satisfied with the tranquility of the status quo, Marilyn worked hard and studied even harder to advance her learning and her career, propelling herself up the ladder to paralegal and Certified Legal Assistant , eventually becoming the owner and lead operative in her own private investigation agency.
The scope of Marilyn’s skills and experience crisscrosses an impressive expanse of the legal system. It has served her well in all phases of litigation, especially in areas of personal injury, insurance fraud, and defense and employment law. She is without a doubt a value-added asset to any legal team; we count ourselves fortunate that she’s on our side.
Sara Simek – Sara Simek spent many years honing her analytical and organizational skills in some of the most competitive retail environments. Along the way, she became a customer service expert and management professional, which she put to excellent use in a variety of fast-paced, high-pressure venues.
After completing an exhaustive curriculum at Harcourt Learning Direct in 2004, Sara became a Collections Paralegal for the Brown Law Group, PLLC and then later for Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado and Wood, PLC. She meticulously maintains over 800 files and prepares them for court, working directly with the signing Attorneys to discover and remedy any issues or obstacles on a particular case.
Sara is an expert computer user and extraordinarily efficient in 10-key touch. She’s also highly rated in Microsoft Office / Excel, Windows, Time Matters (6,7,8) Quickbooks, Prolaw and Outlook, just to name a few.
Kym Childers – Goodman Law Office has come to depend on Kym Childer’s knowledge and expertise in the collections field; she has over five years of training and experience in the collections process. After graduating with honors with a degree in Paralegal Studies from Kaplan University, she began her career with the Mesa Municipal Court as a Court Specialist working directly with the Judge. She moved forward with her career and became a collections paralegal with Carpenter Hazlewood Delgado and Bolen, managing 800 files. Kym worked directly with the signing attorney, courts, and vendors in each case, simultaneously learning the New Mexico HOA laws and court systems to handle the New Mexico cases as well.
Kym’s extensive experience with HOA law and collections, combined with her work ethic and positive attitude, make her a key part of our firm’s progress and success.
Linda Moody – As the firm’s resident customer relations expert and business management champion, Linda Moody brings many years of hands-on experience to every facet of the job. She is particularly adept at accounting, bookkeeping and business finance, but she also possesses a keen understanding of the subtleties and nuances of setting up and managing a successful agency.
As the mother of six beautiful children, Linda has enjoyed an enviable balance between her personal life and her professional career. She’s a grandmother to 13 lucky grandchildren (with two more on the way), but she still finds the time to nurture her own physical and mental health through activities like tennis, snow skiing, running and biking.
Courtney Lowery – The success of any agency relies almost entirely on the indomitable support and committed performance of employees like Courtney Lowery. She embodies the best of what it takes to succeed, and her inspiring spirit serves as a beacon of perseverance that shines for others to follow.
Working up through modest beginnings with pride and dignity, Courtney earned her way onto the Dean’s list at Arizona State University and was awarded the coveted Provost Scholarship, graduating four years later, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in English Literature. In addition to her Legal Assistant duties, she has become the firm’s Marking Director, a position that became necessary as the firm grew. She enjoys managing the firm’s websites and planning events.
The agency relies heavily upon Courtney’s hard work and professional commitment to excellence, and we wouldn’t be the same without her.
Danielle Graham – When Danielle Graham joined the Goodman Law Office as a legal consultant, she brought with her the polished work ethic she’d perfected as a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both Arizona State University in 1997 and Syracuse University in 2000. Ms. Graham exceeded her success as a highly honored alumnus of these prestigious institutions when she was admitted into the District of Columbia and Illinois bar associations.
As an associate in Washington, D.C., Danielle honed her craft by taking an active role in a diverse array of legal cases. Whether representing Fortune 100 companies in complex antitrust and intellectual properties litigation, filing amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on behalf of Guantanamo Bay detainees or representing creditor’s committees involved in multi-billion dollar bankruptcies, Danielle’s tenacity and professionalism was a recipe for success that lead to an impressive percentage of favorable outcomes.
Danielle is a brilliant scholar, an accomplished professional and a wonderful friend and colleague. It goes without saying that the Goodman Law Office is privileged to have an esteemed expert of Danielle’s caliber working for us.
Jessie Fletcher - Central to the success of Goodman Law Office, Jessie is more than your average legal assistant. With over five years of experience in the HOA industry with two prominent management companies, Jessie’s vast knowledge base helps out with all aspects of the law firm. She graduated from NAU with a BS in Public Relations, and then honed her leadership skills as a high school track coach and recreation leader.
In both work and her own life, Jessie is a jack-of-all-trades. Just as she has a hand in all of Goodman Law Office’s successes, she also has various and exciting achievements outside of the workplace: she has completed two full marathons and three half marathons, has played the violin in Carnegie Hall, and loves to read.
Jessie’s importance to Goodman Law Office cannot be overstated.