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Matthew A. Gardner is a Senior Associate with Richardson Harman Ober PC. He concentrates his practice on real estate and homeowner association law, representing various types of entities and community associations, including condominium developments, planned unit developments, commercial developments and mobile home communities.


Mr. Gardner is licensed to practice law in California and Ohio, as well as before the United States District Court Central District of California. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association and the Pasadena Bar Association.


He is an active member of the Community Associations Institute and serves as the Chair of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter’s Publications Committee, overseeing the monthly news magazine, website and the annual membership directory. He also serves on the chapter’s Membership Committee. Mr. Gardner is also an active member of the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles, an alumni organization for graduates of the University of Notre Dame, where he serves on the Board of Directors.


A native of Cincinnati, Mr. Gardner attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law, where he was the recipient of the President’s Scholarship (2000-2001) and the Social Justice Scholarship (2002), as well as the 2003 CALI Excellence Award for the highest grade in his class. Prior to joining Richardson Harman Ober PC, he headed his own law firm in South Pasadena, California, which specialized in providing legal services to homeowners and mutual benefit corporations.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 100%
    10 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Richardson Harman Ober PC

234 E. Colorado Blvd.
8th Floor
Pasadena, CA, 91101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Pasadena Top AttorneyPasadena Magazine2013
University of Dayton School of LawCALI Excellence Award2003
University of Dayton School of LawSocial Justice Scholarship2002
University of Dayton School of LawPresident's Scholarship2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociateRichardson Harman Ober2012 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Matthew Gardner2010 - 2012
Associate AttorneyAdams Kessler PLC2006 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Gabriel Valley Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Pasadena Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Notre Dame Club of Los AngelesBoard Member2009 - Present
Community Associations Institute – Greater Los Angeles ChapterCo-Chair, Publication Committee Member2009 - Present
Community Associations Institute – Channel Islands Chapter, California Legislative Action CommitteeMember2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Channels of CommunicationBored with Meetings? Remember the Basics2012
Focus MagazineWhat Do Directors Need to Know?2012
Focus MagazineForeclosures2011
Focus MagazineDocument Disclosures2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Notre DameN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Bay Evening Educational ProgramHOA Meetings2012
Pasadena Satellite Education ProgramHOA Meetings2012