Karen K. McCay

KAREN K. McCAY Managing Partner (408) 286-5100
 

Managing Partner
408.286.5100

Assistant:
Lupe Austin

 

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law
General Counsel
Contract Law
Labor and Employment

Education

University of Florida
B.S.B.A., 1991, Finance with Honors

American University, Washington College of Law
J.D., 1995, Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

California
Florida

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Industries

Multi-Family Housing
Affordable Housing
Real Estate

 

 

Biography

Karen K. McCay is the Managing Partner of the Firm. Her practice involves all aspects of real estate and contract law, with particular emphasis on operational issues in the multi-family housing industry. Her residential rental housing experience is divided into two spheres – market-rate and subsidized housing.

Ms. McCay’s clients include large REITs, individual property owners, management companies, developers, large and small non-profits and local housing authorities. With over twenty years of experience, much of Ms. McCay’s law practice is dedicated to preventative advice and compliance counseling for non-profit and for-profit businesses, although she remains strategically involved in her clients’ litigation as well. In addition, she conducts trainings in fair housing, preventing sexual harassment, disability accommodation and similar subjects for clients and industry organizations such as the California Apartment Association, AHMA-NCH, Leading Age, Housing California and CSH (formerly known as the Corporation for Supportive Housing).

Karen McCay also works frequently with staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee regarding issues relevant to the affordable housing industry and was instrumental in drafting the California Addendum to HUD Leases, which has been approved for use throughout the State of California. She also has assisted many of her for-profit clients in navigating the uncertain waters of various local Below Market Rent Programs.

Honors and Recognitions

  • 2015 Junior League of San Jose, Inc. Sustainer of the Year
  • 2011 “Woman of Influence,” San Jose Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • 2009 AHMA-NCNH Associate Member of the Year
  • Articles Editor, American University Law Review 1993-1995

Professional Associations and Activities

  • California Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Real Property Law Section and Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Subsection
  • Florida Bar Association Out of State Practitioners Division
  • California Apartment Association Legislative Steering Affordable Housing Subcommittee, Fair Housing and Discrimination Subcommittee

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Housing Industry Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors, 2003-Present
  • San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of Directors, 2007-2012
  • AHMA-NCH, Member of the Board of Directors, 2009- 2011
  • Church of the Valley Retirement Homes, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors 2010-2014

Published Works

California Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Practice Guide, The Rutter Group, Contributor

Speeches and Presentations

“Fair Housing Hot Topics,” California Apartment Association Rental Housing Conference & Expo, April 5, 2016

“Legal and Practical Considerations for Providing Preferences to House the Homeless,” City of San Jose Supportive Housing Roundtable, January 26, 2016“Legal Issues Seminar,” LeadingAge CA 2015 Senior Housing Conference, October 14, 2015

“Legal Tips & Tricks for Property Managers,” AHMA-NCH Annual Conference and Trade Show, September 21, 2015

“Legal Tips & Tricks for Property Managers,” LeadingAge CA 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition, May 5, 2015

“Fair Housing and You,” California Apartment Association Rental Housing Conference & Expo, April 8, 2015

“Avoiding Fair Housing Pitfalls,” Malibu Association of Realtors, October 28, 2014

“Legal Issues and Trends in the Rental Housing Industry,” Southern California CAA Connect Rental Housing Conference & Expo, August 27, 2014

“Preventing Housing Discrimination: A Practical Course of Do’s and Don’ts,” CSH, May 21, 2014

“Accommodating the Disabled,” Northern California CAA Connect Rental Housing Conference & Expo, April 9, 2014.

Hoarding Panel Discussion, AHMA-NCNH Annual Conference & Trade Show, September 9, 2013

Fair Housing Panel Discussion, AHMA-NCNH Annual Conference & Trade Show, September 9, 2013

“Developing Projects for Multiple Targeted Populations: Legal and Practical Best Practices to Help Avoid Fair Housing Complaints,” LA County of Mental Health’s Housing Institute, June 12, 2013

“Fair Housing and You: Don’t Flunk Out – Study Up on Legal and Practical Fair Housing Issues,” CAA Greater Bay Area Rental Housing Expo, April 30, 2013

“Legal Regulations & Requirements: A Discussion of Legal and Practical Concerns When Processing Accommodation Requests,” CSH Property Management Knowledge Exchange, April 24, 2013

“Ask the Attorney 2013 Hot Legal Topics in Affordable Senior Housing,” LeadingAge California, February 12, 2013 (Pasadena) and February 20, 2013 (Walnut Creek)