James R. McCormick, Jr., Esq., CCAL is a managing partner in the Law Firm of Peters & Freedman, L.L.P. James attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his undergraduate degree in Political Science. James then attended law school at the University of San Diego, where he was a teaching assistant for legal research, writing and oral advocacy and recognized as a Dean’s Outstanding Scholar. James has been formally trained as a mediator and mediated disputes for the former San Diego Mediation Center, now known as the National Conflict Resolution Center.
Since starting in the community association industry in 1996, James has served on various industry committees, has presented at numerous Community Association Institute (CAI) and California Association of Community Managers (CACM) events and has published many industry-related articles James chaired the San Diego CAI Legislative Support Committee (CLAC) for several years and currently serves on the CACM Legislative Affairs Committee, the CAI Coachella Valley CLAC committee, the CAI Orange County PR Committee, and co-founded and serves on the CAI Coachella Valley Marketing Committee. As a result of his work in this industry, James is one of less than 150 attorneys nationwide to be accepted into the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL).
James is passionate about teaching and has created training programs for managers and Board members in San Diego County, the Coachella Valley, Orange County, Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. In addition to teaching, James was board president for over seven years for his very own homeowners association.
James tracks the latest technology advances that can be used by the common interest development industry and led his firm in implementing the Firm’s online collections program which allows managers 24/7 access to status reports and information for their association’s collections accounts. In his spare time James also creates and manages several online communities. For his hard work, James has received Most Valuable Professional awards from Microsoft for the prior ten years in a row and has been featured in various print and online media stories.