5.0 stars 3 totalReview Anthony Rafel
Posted by Dave
I chair the Board of Directors at the Encore (177 unit high-rise condo in Portland, OR). The Encore condo owners association entered into an engagement agreement with Tony Rafel in August 2012 for general counsel and other legal services following turnover of condo association responsibility from the developer to owners.
Since that time Mr. Rafel has provided very effective legal service to the Encore on a wide range of important matters, including negotiating successful agreements on building defect, mechanical and plumbing system problems, as well as advising and supporting the Board on contracts, resolutions and policy and rules matters.
As volunteer Board members, we appreciate Tony's solid knowledge and experience in condo association law and especially defect claims. He is able to communicate complex legal and technical issues in a way that homeowners can understand and take appropriate action through the condo owners association and the Board.
Tony is very responsive to telephone and email inquiries and readily available to meet with the Board or property management staff, often during evening meetings. He is also respectful of our association's limited budget for legal support and very effective at helping us to balance cost and benefit considerations when approaching legal matters.
His sound judgment and excellent legal advice has greatly benefited the Encore and its owners. He has enabled the Encore to weather the inevitable bumps and conflicts in first few years following owner control of the condo association and put us on a more stable path for success.
On behalf of the Encore Board of Directors, I commend Tony Rafel for his great partnership with the Board and Encore owners during the past four years and recommend him to other condo associations seeking legal support and services.
Posted by David
I had an IRA investment that had gone bad due to the neglect of the manager of the hedge fund in which the IRA was invested. Tony met with me, and quickly got up to speed on the 6" stack of documents supporting my complex situation. Since the hedge fund was located in Oregon, and I live in Washington state, it was imperative that my attorney be licensed in both states, which Tony is. Thanks to his comprehensive grasp of the situation, he wrote a compelling letter to the hedge fund manager on my behalf. Fortunately, we did not have to resort to filing a lawsuit, but Tony instead was able to negotiate an excellent settlement. The settlement took several months to negotiate, but Tony kept after it, and made sure it didn't languish. After the settlement agreement was signed, he kept on top of the payment schedule, and even had to press for payment in a couple of instances. At this point, all but the final payment have been received, and I fully expect to receive that final one as well! Throughout the process, Tony responded quickly to my emails, and was very professional. He provided sound advice, and was a firm negotiator on my behalf. He was a delight to work with, and I highly recommend him!
Posted by anonymous
Tony Rafel is a top-tier attorney and a force to be reckoned with in and out of the courtroom. He is wise, experienced, talented, incisive, deliberate, and deeply committed to his clients. I've been in two cases with Tony and have always been very proud to have him on my side. He was intensely dedicated to my case, even though it was a pro bono effort. I highly recommend him.