Meet the WKC Team

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I. Gary Wasserman

 

Founder & Partner

Mr. Wasserman has been practicing law for over forty years. During his time as an attorney Mr. Wasserman either personally or through his firm has represented and continues to actively provide general counsel services to hundreds of commercial, residential and mixed-use developments throughout California.

As a well-recognized industry leader in the field of common interest development representation, Mr. Wasserman assisted US Bank in forming their common interest development lending division. He has donated his time to assist the Building Industry Association's Construction Defect Resolution Taskforce and their Legal Sub-Committees. The taskforce and sub-committees efforts formed the concept, creation and implementation of SB 800 (The Right to Repair Bill). Mr. Wasserman also is a regular participant at legal roundtable and panel discussions with other industry luminaries regarding issues that directly impact common interest developments.

Mr. Wasserman has not only lectured many times on SB 800 issues he has also resolved numerous matters pertaining to construction issues while obtaining many millions of dollars of compensation for his clients - sometimes without even needing to file a lawsuit. He has considerable experience working on condominium conversions, commercial, mixed-use as well as new condominium projects (including mid-rise and high-rise) and single-family residences.

Mr. Wasserman is a military veteran who served on the ground in Viet Nam during 1969-1970, he is a 1973 graduate of California State University at San Jose, a 1978 graduate of Thomas Jefferson University School of Law and was also admitted to practice law the very same year (in 1978). Mr. Wasserman is married and the father of a daughter and twin boys, all who attended high school in Pt. Loma (at High Tech High) and they all went on to graduate from college.

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Craig L. Combs

 

Partner

Craig started with Wasserman Kornheiser LLP in 2004 as an associate attorney. Addressing the myriad issues facing homeowners associations and commercial property owners associations quickly became a passion for him, and he worked for the firm until 2017 when he became a named partner of Wasserman Kornheiser Combs LLP.

Craig has substantial experience in all aspects of community association law, including dispute resolution, litigation, collections, and corporate governance. He is an active member of the Community Association Institute's California Legislative Action Committee, has taught several modules in CAI's Board Leadership Development Workshops, and is published in CAI's Common Ground Magazine, The Law Journal of the California Association of Community Managers, North County Lawyer, and elsewhere on homeowner association legal topics.

In addition to his membership in CAI, CACM, and the BIA, Craig has long been a member of the American Inns of Court, a professional society of lawyers, judges and appellate justices committed to ethics, competence and integrity in the practice of law.

A San Diego native, Craig grew up surfing in Encinitas, CA and graduated magna cum laudefrom the University of California San Diego and magna cum laude from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He still enjoys surfing, soccer and the San Diego lifestyle.

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Patricia M. Jones

 

Senior Associate Attorney

Patricia “Trish” Jones is an associate attorney at Wasserman Kornheiser Combs, LLP.  Trish joined the firm in 2008 after graduating magna cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  For undergraduate studies she attended the University of Washington in Seattle.

Trish’s experience focuses on representation of residential, commercial and mixed-use common interest developments.  She is skilled in many aspects of representation, including providing general counsel, election services, assessment collection, revising governing documents, dispute resolution and litigation. Trish has successfully argued before the Appellate Division of the San Diego County Superior Court and has collected several large judgments for association clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Trish held a diverse range of people-oriented jobs, from bartending to the YMCA. She feels her previous work experience helps her connect with and relate to clients and association members.  In her free time Trish enjoys being outdoors, her proudest accomplishment was summitting Mt. Whitney in one day.  She also loves cooking for friends and plays in a dart league.  Contact Trish at Tjones@wk4law.com.

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Shahin Shahrostambeik

 

Associate Attorney

Shahin Shahrostambeik obtained his bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. He thereafter moved to San Diego to pursue his Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While in law school, Shahin was an Executive Board Member of the Moot Court Honor Society. He also competed and coached in three national competitions.

Shahin joined WKC in April 2017. He is admitted to practice in the state of California as well as in the United State District Court for the Southern District of California. At WKC, Shahin serves as a general legal counsel for common interest developments and handles litigation matters.  At his leisure, Shahin enjoys soccer, football, volleyball, hiking and giving back to the community. He is bilingual and fluent in Farsi.