Biography of Michael Chulak

Michael Chulak established Michael T. Chulak & Associates, A Law Corporation, as a general practice law firm. The firm represents clients in litigation and transactional matters, and provides consulting services.

Michael Chulak practices in the areas of homeowner association law, real property, construction, construction defects, business - corporate law, estate planning and criminal defense.

Born in Los Angeles, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University at Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from Ventura-Santa Barbara College of Law. In addition to being an attorney, Michael Chulak is a licensed general building contractor, and a California real estate broker. In 1979, he earned the Certified Property ManagerŪ (CPMŪ) designation.  He has been an instructor at six California colleges including UCLA.  Course topics have included homeowner association law, real estate finance, property management and leasing, legal aspects of real estate, and the foreclosure and loan modification process.

Michael Chulak has provided legal advice to hundreds of corporations, LLCs and partnerships and has provided consulting services to over one hundred law firms in various matters including litigation and white collar crime. He has testified as an expert witness in property management matters and mortgage lending matters more than 150 times over the last thirty years.

Michael Chulak formerly served as President and CEO of Union America Mortgage and Equity Trust (UMET), a New York Stock Exchange listed Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that owned and managed properties in nineteen states. Properties included regional and neighborhood shopping centers, highrise and garden office buildings, medical office buildings, apartment communities, hotels and motels, highrise condominium buildings, and mini-storage facilities. In addition, Michael previously served as Senior Vice President of Long Beach Savings where he was responsible for loan originations, loan underwriting, real estate appraisals, loan closings-escrows, construction lending, joint ventures, and the apartment construction division. Michael Chulak has extensive corporate-business experience having served on several boards. He is also the legal advisor to the U.S. Wenzhou Association which has over 500 members.

Michael Chulak writes legal columns for several newspapers and has hosted a radio talk show on KVTA AM 1520 and KRLA AM 840 known as On the Law with Attorney Michael Chulak. He is the author of the website, serves as a mediator and provides free legal seminars. Michael Chulak is also one of the owners of which has provided property management services to homeowner associations and other property owners in Los Angeles and Ventura counties since 1987.

Michael Chulak was the founding and managing partner of Chulak, Shiffman, Quisenberry & Drescher LLP as well as the sole owner of the firm. He is a member of Rotary of Westlake Village, North Ranch Country Club, Westlake Yacht Club where he has served as Judge Advocate, and has been a member of The Magic Castle for more than twenty five years. He is available as a speaker for community organizations. Topics include homeowner associations – everything you need to know (Davis-Stirling Act), asset protection, pet trusts and legal considerations when starting a business.



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