Stephen M. Kirkland is a partner at the Law Firm of Peters & Freedman, L.L.P. where he provides corporate counsel on all legal issues faced by common interest developments. Stephen graduated from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (he is a proud “Kiwi”), with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Philosophy.
Shortly after moving to the United States, Stephen started working at Peters & Freedman, L.L.P. After a number of years and many different roles at the Firm, Stephen attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he graduated cum laude and was a member of Law Review. During his time in Law School, Stephen received an American Jurisprudence award for contract, a Witkin award for Academic Excellence in the fields of family law and criminal procedure, and a CALI award for civil motion practice.
While obtaining his membership with the California State Bar, Stephen worked as a paralegal in delinquent assessment collections and construction defects departments. Having worked with the Peters & Freedman, L.L.P. for over 24 years, Stephen now oversees the Firm’s delinquent assessment collection department and actively works to continually improve the effectiveness of delinquent assessment collections for the Firm’s clients.
Stephen’s service for several years as a volunteer director on the board of directors of the association in which he owns a home allowed him to gain valuable experience of the challenges faced by association directors. This experience has allowed Stephen to provide better counsel to the Firm’s clients.
Stephen is actively involved with common interest developments on a daily basis and has dedicated his practice to ensuring they receive the best legal representation possible. In furtherance of this goal, Stephen is an active member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Greater Inland Empire Chapter and serves as co-chair of the Ambassador Committee.