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Sarah Lappin

Sarah  Lappin

7000 SW Varns St
Portland, Oregon 97223
United States

Telephone: 5036844111
Facsimile: 5035987758
Firm: Vial Fotheringham LLP
Practice Overview:
Vial Fotheringham is a full-service homeowner association law firm and resource team, providing education, analysis, and advocacy on behalf of associations. With 20 Lawyers and four offices in Oregon, Southwest Washington, Idaho and Utah, we are committed to proactive assistance; we offer comprehensive education, training, and answers to HOA questions, in order to help associations navigate community life.

Vial Fotheringham serves as general counsel for hundreds of homeowner and condominium associations across the Northwest and Intermountain West. We represent high-rise condominium homes, residential subdivisions, mixed-use associations, and commercial HOAs. As general counsel we:
• Interpret and amend governing documents
• Collect past-due assessments and fines (without using the association's funds)
• Enforce governing documents, rules, and regulations
• Draft resolutions
• Represent associations in all types of HOA litigation, with special emphasis on construction defects and insurance litigation
• Review contracts
• Run all types of association meetings
• Assist associations through the process of turnover from developer control to owner control
• Comply with state and federal law, including fair housing issues, etc.
• Offer legal advice and answers to questions regarding any general HOA matter


Professional Profile:
Sarah works out of the Portland Vial Fotheringham office, focusing on community collections, collecting dues and assessments for condominiums and homeowners associations.

For the last five years, Sarah focused on her practice of collecting for associations. She has experience working with HOAs of all sizes with all types of issues. In her five years of experience, she has helped associations clear up millions of dollars of delinquencies, as well as work with the associations to develop policies that act as effective collection tools. In addition, Sarah implemented Vial Fotheringham's online collection program, known as Community Collect.

UndergraduateIllinois State UniversityB.A.1999
LawDePaul University College of LawJ.D.2002

Affiliations & Memberships:
Sarah serves as a CASA, a court-appointed special advocate that represents children involved in Oregon's child welfare system. She is admitted to the Illinois and Oregon State Bars.

If she is not at the office, one can find her reading, exploring new restaurants, at the gym, or experiencing the beautiful sites of the Pacific Northwest.