About John

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John D. Richards III

John received his juris doctorate in 1999 from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and was a third year visiting student at the Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School. He has practiced in the area of HOA representation his entire career. John frequently writes articles for HOA periodicals and newsletters and has acted as associate editor of the 2003 and 2004 Utah HOA Handbooks. In addition, John frequently conducts board training classes, called HOA University, and is a presenter at HOA law seminars, and real estate licensee continuing education courses, on a regular basis. John has also successfully lobbied several bills in front of the Utah State Legislature dealing with HOA issues, including certain amendments to the Utah Condominium Ownership Act and introduction of the Utah Community Association Act.

John is a past president of the Utah Chapter of Community Associations Institute (“CAI”), during its formative years in 2005, and sat on the CAI Board for several years.  John is now a member of CAI’s Legislative Action sub-Committee and is one of only a select few attorneys in the entire Country to be admitted into the College of Community Association Lawyers.  He is a member of the Utah and Oregon Bar Associations.

John received his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Utah.

John plays guitar in a local rock band (yes, you read that correctly), he enjoys exploring Japan with his wife and relaxing at their family cabin at Bear Lake.  John has four children which take priority above everything else.

Achievements & Awards

Past President Utah Chapter of Community Associations Institute (“CAI”); Board member for CAI, and member of CAI’s Legislative Action Committee.  Peer nominated and elected to Utah’s Legal Elite (as shown in Utah Business Magazine) as a top rated lawyer in the State of Utah for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Professional Affiliations

Utah and Oregon State Bar Membership.

Member Community Associations Institute

Admitted in the College of Community Association Lawyers

Admitted as a member of CAI’s Legislative Action Committee

Former Member of the Association of Planned Communities and Condominiums