Jonathan D. Massie graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 and then obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Communications Disorders from California State University, Fullerton, 1984. Mr. Massie is a licensed Speech Pathologist (inactive). After practicing as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, Mr. Massie attended the University of San Diego, School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude with his Juris Doctor degree in 1989. Mr. Massie is a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Justice; and the American Bar Association Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law Award. Mr. Massie obtained a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California in 2009.
After becoming a member of the California bar in 1989, Mr. Massie joined the law firm of Hyatt & Roads which focused exclusively on the representation of common interest developments. In 1991, Mr. Massie became a named partner in the firm of Dunbar & Massie, where he practiced law until forming Massie Berman, his present firm, in 1994 with Andrew Berman.
Mr. Massie is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and is admitted to practice law in California, Nevada and in the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Mr. Massie has tried cases to verdict. Mr. Massie is a past faculty member of the Community Association Law Seminar, where he lectured on The Law of Property Management. Mr. Massie is a member of Community Associations Institute (CAI) and California Association of Community Managers (CACM). In 2017, Mr. Massie was named Author of the Year by the Community Associations Institute’s San Diego Chapter.
Mr. Massie was the co-host and co-originator of “Condo Talk,” a weekly radio call in show that explored issues affecting common interest developments. Mr. Massie has lectured on behalf of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and California Association of Community Managers on various issues relating to common interest developments. Mr. Massie has also lectured at the request of the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association concerning judgment enforcement. Mr. Massie has written numerous articles for Common Assessment, Condo Management and Common Grounds on various issues affecting common interest developments.
Mr. Massie has participated in all facets of community association litigation including Superior Court jury and bench trials, petitions to amend governing documents, rules enforcement actions and arguing cases before the California Court of Appeals. In Park Place Estates Homeowners Association v. Naber (1994) 29 Cal.App.4th 427, Mr. Massie represented the Association whereby the California Court of Appeals agreed with his argument that owners who are delinquent in paying their monthly assessments are not allowed a claim of set-off due to a failure of the association to perform common area maintenance. Park Place Estates greatly strengthens all association’s ability to collect assessments.
Mr. Massie believes in practicing preventive law. Mr. Massie’s goal is to resolve disputes prior to litigation and to keep his clients out of court. Mr. Massie is keenly aware that clients expect and deserve telephone calls returned and work completed in a timely and efficient manner. Mr. Massie makes every effort to ensure his clients are provided with quality legal service at competitive costs.