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About

The Travis Law Firm is committed to making a difference in the practice of community association law.

The legal landscape for Associations continues to change as the statutes and case law governing their conduct continue to evolve and litigation involving Association disputes increases.  Board Members and property management companies strive to act in the best interest of the Association with minimal legal action. The legal responsibilities of an Association and its Board of Directors create an essential need for legal guidance through the maze of new statutes, cases and disputes.

All Board Members and Property Managers have encountered the need for an HOA attorney on their team.  The Travis Law Firm, PLC is a unique HOA law firm established to help you navigate the complex maze of HOA related laws and operational issues. We provide quality legal services to Community Associations throughout Arizona. We have invested in developing systems and tools to reduce costs for you, while still providing an exceptional level of service for our clients. Our relationships are important to us, and we are responsive to our clients’ needs by striving to creatively solve problems at the source.

Our Expertise

Our approach simplifies the legal process for you by incorporating contingency programs and flat fees for certain Collection and Covenant Enforcement Services. Our expertise in assessment and monetary penalty collection for Community Associations ensures you of competent legal collections with cost certainty. In addition to legal collections, we offer CC&R/Rule Enforcement, Document Amendment, Civil Litigation, and General Counsel for Homeowner and Condominium Associations.

We are devoted exclusively to the practice of community association law and related litigation. Our clients rely on us to understand their options and identify the best solutions to meet their goals. Clients tell us they appreciate our approachability and responsiveness to their legal needs. We are here to be partner, navigating this ever-changing industry.

Our People

Chandler W. Travis, Founding Attorney

Chandler Travis is an attorney focused exclusively on representing community associations throughout Arizona. As the founding attorney of The Travis Law Firm, he provides general counsel, litigation, collection and covenant enforcement services to community associations.

Chandler has practiced law since 1996 and litigated and defended numerous issues for associations, including claims against directors and officers for breach of Declaration and fiduciary duty. His expertise also spans litigation collection of delinquent assessments, lien foreclosure, covenant enforcement, and defamation cases for associations. Chandler was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1996 and is licensed to practice law before all Arizona state courts, and the United States District Court of Arizona.

In order to best represent clients, Chandler maintains an affiliate membership with the Arizona Association of Community Managers and a member of the Community Associations Institute- Central Arizona Chapter. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Leadership Centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of community members. He has taught continuing legal education classes to attorneys, community managers, board members and developers on all aspects of association law. While in law school, Chandler was a member of the Cincinnati Law Review. He continues to write for legal publications, contributing association articles relating to community associations and Arizona legislative updates.

Education: University of Michigan, B.A., University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D.

Jessica A. Travis, President of Business Operations

Jessica Travis oversees the firm’s business operations, including finance, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. Jessica’s operations management experience originates from her nine years with the world’s largest semiconductor company. There, she managed several important industrial engineering projects, key business processes and cost management plans for improved business results. Jessica is passionate about using technology to create a cost effective, legal choice for community associations.

Jessica’s operations management approach stems from her ability to synthesize client input and market projections to create the firm’s timely legal services at reasonable prices. Directing the strategic vision and growth strategy for The Travis Law Firm, she has developed an aggressive plan to position The Travis Law Firm as the go-to firm in Arizona for community associations.

Education: University of Michigan, B.S. Engineering

Melissa Lavonier, Attorney

Melissa Lavonier is an attorney with the Travis Law Firm, solely focusing on the representation of associations and non-profit corporations. She practices in all aspects of community association law including general counsel, covenant enforcement, litigation and collections. Melissa writes articles regarding community association law and teaches classes on various association issues for The Leadership Centre. She is admitted to practice with the State of Arizona and the United States District Court of Arizona.

Melissa is a member of the Central Arizona Chapter of the Community Association Institute and   an affiliate partner with the Arizona Association of Community Managers. She graduated from Washburn University Law School in December 2007 with Deans Honors.  In law school, Melissa participated in the Washburn Law Clinic and served as an editor of the Family Law Journal.  Melissa received her Bachelor of Science from Brockport University of New York, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  Prior to law school, Melissa started her career in community association law as a paralegal focusing on collections.

Edward D. O’Brien, Attorney

Edward D. O’Brien is an attorney with The Travis Law Firm. He focuses his representation on homeowner and condominium associations. Ed provides legal counsel on collection, general counsel and covenant enforcement cases. Ed has also represented large financial institutions in asset recovery and collections, including prevailing in trials and arbitrations all over the State of Arizona.  After spending time handling hundreds of Court hearings on behalf of creditors, he went on to represent community associations and individuals in construction defect litigation, litigating complex cases against developers and contractors throughout central Arizona. Ed is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, and is licensed to practice before the United States District Court of Arizona.

Ed attended the Arizona State University, where he received his B.A. in History and B.S in Political Science in 2005, and then his J.D. degree from the University of Oregon in 2008. In law school, he was an editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and a certified student public defender, representing indigent clients in the Lane County Circuit Court.