Karen St. Onge


KAREN ST. ONGE has been an associate with Chapman & Intrieri, LLP since 2008 practicing out of its Alameda office. For the past several years, she has enjoyed focusing her practice on community association law, assisting community managers and board members with a wide range of issues that affect residential and commercial common interest developments, including education and compliance with the ever-changing law that effects CIDs.  She also assists with compliance with association governing documents, addressing election disputes, educating boards about their fiduciary duties, drafting and revising governing documents such as Declarations of CC&Rs and various types of Rules & Regulations, investigating neighbor nuisance complaints, participating in mediations and “meet and confer” dispute resolution sessions involving members and associations, and addressing member violations of governing documents.  In addition, Ms. St. Onge has litigation experience involving nonjudicial foreclosures of assessment liens. Ms. St. Onge approaches her legal practice with an eye toward efficiency, embracing knowledge management and technology to reduce costs to the client.  Ms. St. Onge is drawn to community association law because it touches on the personal, economic and societal aspects of our lives as neighbors, community members and Californians.

Ms. St. Onge also has extensive litigation experience defending business entities and individuals in actions ranging from personal injury claims to complex tort actions, including, premises liability, trucking accidents, habitability claims, unfair business practices, discrimination, harassment, contract disputes and toxic torts.  Ms. St. Onge submitted a successful brief to the appellate court upholding summary judgment for her client.

Ms. St. Onge received her Juris Doctor from San Francisco University School of Law in 2006. Ms. St. Onge graduated with honors from the University of California San Diego with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Literature.

Ms. St. Onge is a member of the Bay Area and Central chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI) Legislative Support Committee, and the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).  She is also active in her community of Alameda through membership in the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society, by serving as a volunteer in public schools, for the Alameda Education Foundation, and the Cub Scouts, and by hosting get-out-the-vote efforts and parent support groups.