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Linda Sue Loftin

Linda Sue Loftin

also known as Sue Loftin, L. Sue Loftin

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About Me

As the founding partner of The Loftin Firm, I am proud to offer professional and creative solutions to assist our clients with their varied legal requirements.  The Loftin Firm is a dynamic full service law firm, serving the needs of clients in the areas of real estate, finance, corporate law and litigation support for these areas, as well as trusts and estate planning. The Loftin Firm has established itself as providing high quality legal services with an emphasis on creative resolution. We are a client-focused firm, which is passionate about our work and dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal services, yet at competitive rates for the benefit of our clients.


The Loftin Firm offers a full complement of legal services, which are generally divided into its six core practice areas:


  • Real Estate, Land Use and Planning

  • Homeowner Associations/Common Interest Developments

  • Corporate, Business and Finance

  • MobilehomeParkSpecialty Services

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Trusts and Estate Planning

  • Equestrian


This article features the first three of those areas.


Real Estate, Land Use and Planning. The Loftin Firm represents a broad range of clients with a diverse array of real estate, land use and planning matters. Our clients range from private real estate developers and land owners (both small family developers and large institutional development companies) to public municipalities. We bring a breadth of experience in all areas of real estate and land use to effectively manage and advise our clients.  


Homeowner Associations/Common Interest Developments. The body of law governing homeowners associations is complex and highly regulated by various State agencies. The Loftin Firm acts as general counsel or HOA counsel to such associations throughoutCaliforniaand can provide guidance on the formation, operation and enforcement matters that face any association, whether developer-controlled or resident-controlled.


Major changes have occurred in the law governing common interest developments necessitating changes to Operating Documents such as bylaws and CC&Rs, along with the crafting of appropriate Policies and Procedures for the enforcement of association dues obligations and the Operating Documents. The Firm is proactive in assisting its common interest development clients (most, but not all of the homeowners associations fall into this category) to comply with the rapidly changing operational laws to avoid potential litigation.


Corporate, Business and Finance. Within our corporate, business and finance practice group, we provide a wide range of legal support for general business and financing transactions for individuals and businesses of all sizes, from initial formation through and including operations of a business enterprise, including drafting and counseling businesses regarding their contracts, to financing and other complicated transactions.


The Loftin Firm is conveniently located in Carlsbad, California, but actively works on projects throughout the State, with several active projects throughout California.For more information, please contact us at (760) 431-2111 or visit our website at






Practice Areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
  2. Business: 35%
  3. Litigation: 25%



Hourly ($300-400/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Pro Bono (5%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

The Loftin Firm

5760 Fleet Street Suite 110
Carlsbad, CA, 92008



Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
WBE CertificationThe Supplier Clearinghouse2012
Certificate of RecognitionCalifornia State Senate - Senator Mark Wyland2012
Medium Business of the Year FinalistCarlsbad Chamber of Commerce2012
SBE CertificationCalifornia Department of General Services2012
Patrioic EmpoyerDepartment of Defense2011
Business of the Year FinalistCarlsbad Chamber of Commerce2010
Star AwardSan Diego Performing Arts Association2004
Who's Who of Business EntrepreneurInternational Who's Who2001
Presidential AwardCalifornia Ballet Association2001
International Women EntrepreneursInternational Who's Who2000
Life MemberNational Registry of Who's Who2000
Spirit of DanceCalifornia Ballet1998
Service AwardSan Marcos Mobilehome Owners Association1988
Outstanding Achievement AwardSan Marcos Mobilehome Owners' Council1985
Recognition for Outstanding Legal WorkSan Marcos Mobilehome Owners Action Committee1983
The East County AwardSan Diego County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District1983
Resolution 3130 for Service to CommunityCalifornia State Assembly1983
Scholarship Key # 5236Delta Theta Phi1979
National Outstanding StudentDelta Theta Phi, Law Faternity1978
ScholarshipPhi Beta Kappa1971
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerThe Loftin Firm LLP1980 - Present
Law ClerkAppellate Defenders1978 - 1979
Law ClerkCA Attorney General Office1978 - 1978
Association NamePosition NameDuration
California Center for Cooperative DevelopmentMember2006 - Present
Carlsbad Chamber of CommerceLegislative Committee2005 - Present
San Diego North County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Bravo San DiegoSecretary1999 - 2004
San Diego Environmental FoundationCorporate Counsel; Secretary1998 - 2005
California Ballet CompanyBoard Member, Held various offices; Advisory Board1995 - Present
Del Mar/Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary ClubPresident, President-Elect, Secretary, Fundraising Chair1994 - 2007
San Diego County Bar AssociationReal Estate Business Section; Attorney Fee Arbitration Committee1994 - Present
Delta Theta PhiFirst Women National Officer - 19801977 - Present
Nu Beta EpislonMember1974 - Present
Phi Beta KappaMember1971 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
San Marcos Mobilehome Owners' Assc. et al. v. City of San Marcos, et al.The Defendants prevailed and the San Marcos Rent Control Ordinance was upheld
Property Owners of Whispering Palms, Inc. v. Newport pacific In., et al.,Apeal reversed trial court's ruling and remanded
Liker v. Foundation for Preservation of Mt. Helix Nature TheaterAppellate Court confirmed the Trial Court Decision
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Publication NameTitleDate
Carlsbad Business JournalCelebrating Woman-Owned Small Businesses2012
National Business InstituteUnrelated Business Income2006
National Business InstituteComplying with Intermediate Sanction Regulations2006
National Business InstituteExempt Organizations: A Legal Guide2003
National Business InstituteCA Nonprofits: Tax and Business Answers2003
National Business InstituteCommercial Evictims in California2003
California Redevelopment AssociationCalifornia Affordable Housing Handbook1997
Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerice, Economic BulletinPositioning Your Business to Sell In National & International Markets1997
Criminal Justice JournalExecutive Editor1979
Criminal Justice JournalExecutive Editor1978
Criminal Justice JournalBook Review Editor1977
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Oklahoma City University; University of TorontoPhilosophy/History/EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Protecting the Value of Your CommunityProtecting the Value of Your Community2011
Redevelopment Agency of Chula VistaResident Ownership of Mobilehome Parks2010
Resident Owned & Run Mobilehome ParksAnnual Reporting Requirements2009
Management & Operations in the Economic Down TurnNuts & Bolts of Operations2009
How to Insure Your HOA Survives in THis EconomyDuties of Association & Board of Directors2009
How to Save on Attorneys' Fees: Be Management ProactiveAnnual Budget Preparation & Monitoring of Budget2008
National Business InstituteUnrelated Business Income2006
Nationa Business InstituteComplying with Intermediate Sanction Regulations2006
Real Estate SectionNew Developments in Lending2005
National Business InstituteExempt Organizations: A Legal Guide2003
National Business InstituteCA Nonprofits: Tax and Business Answers2003
National Business InstituteCommercial Evictions in California2003
California Redevelopment Agency Annual MeetingLa Moree: A study in Mobilehome Park Conversions1997