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Attorney Kelly Richardson Honored by CAI as the Recipient of Its National 2003-2004 Rising Star Award.

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2004

Kelly G. Richardson, a prominent Southern California attorney, was honored today by Community Associations Institute (CAI) with the presentation of its prestigious "2003-2004 Rising Star Award." The award was presented to him during the national real estate organization's 53rd Annual National Conference and Exposition held at the Town & Country Hotel and Conference Center in San Diego, Calif.

Founded in 1973, CAI has 55 chapters throughout the United States and is composed of entities and professions connected with residential condominiums, cooperatives and other community associations. A nonprofit organization, CAI's chief function is to provide counsel, resources, education, guidance and other appropriate forms of assistance to communities and their management to enable them to operate more efficiently, cost-effectively and harmoniously.

Richardson, a co-founder and Senior Partner with the Pasadena, CA-based law firm of Richardson & Harman LLP, is a veteran trial lawyer who has an extensive background in real estate law, as well as construction defect and real estate litigation. He has represented major Southern California developers, lenders and contractors and currently serves as General Counsel to several Associations Of Realtors in Southern California.

According to Thomas M. Skiba, Chief Executive Officer of CAI, the "Rising Star Award" was initiated in 1997 and is given to one or more members annually -- if deserving candidates can be identified. In making the presentation, he noted that Richardson is the lone recipient for 2003- 2004, commenting: "Volunteer-based organizations rely on talented, dedicated leaders, and Kelly Richardson is such a member for CAI. I applaud Kelly for his tireless efforts to support and strengthen CAI's Greater Los Angeles Chapter and for his commitment to our California members and to CAI nationally. We are fortunate to have members like Kelly who epitomize leadership and the spirit of volunteerism."

While accepting the award, Richardson remarked: "A large and growing fraction of Americans live in common interest developments, and CAI is their lone national support. I am honored to receive this recognition, and am happy to be identified with CAI's efforts to improve the standard of community in homeowner associations nationwide."

Richardson, who currently serves as President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of CAI and is a member of three other CAI chapters, has a long history of service to the organization. A member of its board of directors since 2002, he is a co-author of CAI's Department of Real Estate-certified California Law Course for Common Interest Development Managers, has chaired the Chapter's Publications Committee and served as editor of its bi-monthly magazine for over four years. Richardson has also written articles for its publications and spoken at many of its events.

A noted author and lecturer, Richardson has written numerous articles in business and trade publications on condominium law. He regularly speaks to real estate organizations on a wide variety of legal topics and is a Faculty Member of the Professional Realty Institute. Richardson is a native of Torrance, Calif., and currently resides with his wife and two children in Pasadena. He attended the University of California at Riverside as a National Merit Scholar where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science before obtaining his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Southern California. Richardson is a member of, and active in, numerous local and national legal and real estate trade and professional as well as civic organizations.
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