ROCK LAW LLP

About Us

Experience Matters.


The only law firm your HOA needs.

We are the only SF-based firm that provides start-to-finish legal services for homeowners associations.  Whether its amending governing documents, assisting with board elections, handling member disputes, collecting overdue assessments, or litigating construction-defect cases, our specialized lawyers can do it all - and for a lot less than what other firms charge. 

Because we are a small firm, the cost savings come back to our clients. At ROCK, all of our lawyers are Partner-level attorneys with decades of experience. But instead of paying high legal fees to a large law firm, we're able to tailor our expertise to meet our clients’ unique circumstances - and that means our clients save time and money. 

Most importantly, we get maximum results.  Our team has recovered over $400 million for our homeowners associations, property owners, and consumer clients.  

 

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We know that finding the right legal partner is not a choice to be taken lightly. That is why we offer a free consultation to discuss your situation.

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Partner & Founder

Jeffrey B. Cereghino

Jeffrey Cereghino, a founding partner, has been practicing law for over 35 years. He has settled or tried over 100 complex construction cases and consumer class actions, resulting in recoveries in excess of $200 million.

Mr. Cereghino has tried two class action cases to a successful verdict for the Plaintiff Classes.  One matter involved a three-month trial in Placer County, and the verdict was partially upheld by the Third District Court of Appeal in McAdams v Monier Inc.

Mr. Cereghino has also been a frequent lecturer to various common-interest development organizations, including the Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO) and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). He has also spoken at the National Multi-Housing Council on mold-related issues. 

 

Education

GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1981

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Affiliations

  • Recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers (2012-2017)

 

 
 

 
 
 

Partner & founder

Jan A. Kopczynski

Mr. Kopczynski is a founding partner who has been representing homeowners associations and property owners for 17 years. He specializes in litigating construction-defect cases and real-estate disputes. He also provides general counsel to community associations throughout California.

Mr. Kopczynski has personally negotiated over 50 million dollars in settlements for his HOA and commercial clients.

 

Education

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1998

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Masters, with honors, 1993
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1992

 

Affiliations

  • State Bar of California,1999
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2005
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers (2014-2017)
 
 

 
 
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partner

Matt Malone 

Matt J. Malone has been practicing law for over 15 years.  Mr. Malone also represents consumers in class actions nationwide involving defective building products, food product mislabeling and safety, and data breaches. He also counsels individuals, homeowners associations, municipalities, corporations and other real estate clients in residential and commercial construction defect actions; serves as corporate counsel to homeowners associations and businesses; and advocates on appeal. 

Mr. Malone also focuses on appellate litigation and complex law and motion work in cases throughout California at all levels. He represented the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO) before the California Supreme Court as amici curiae in Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP, et al., the landmark California Supreme Court case establishing an architect’s duty of care to residential purchasers and their homeowners associations. 

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF LAW  
2002

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
Bachelor of Arts, 1999

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Amicus Committee

 


 
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of counsel

Erica Brynes

Ms. Brynes has been practicing law for 20 years and represents homeowners associations and small business in all aspects of their day-to-day operations. Her expertise includes analysis of, revisions to, and enforcement of HOA governing documents; handling of elections; insurance-coverage matters; management of vendor relationships; resolution of easement and boundary-line disputes; and, representation of homeowners associations in member disputes and litigation. Ms. Brynes also provides mediation services to small businesses and individuals, and she assists with creating mutually beneficial contract and lease terms for entrepreneurs.

Affiliations

  • State Bar of California, 2001
  • State Bar of New York, 1998

Education

ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1997

ITHACA COLLEGE
Bachelor of Science, 1994