Industry Expert, Karen Kannen, Joins Powerstone as In-House General Counsel

Top Quote Former partner at Berding & Weil brings over 20 years experience to create key role at leading property management firm. End Quote
  • Orange County, CA (1888PressRelease) July 13, 2018 - Powerstone Property Management Inc. a full service California based property management firm, today announced that Karen Kannen joins the firm in the new position as in-house General Counsel. She will join the leadership team and will provide general legal guidance and representation to Powerstone. According to Powerstone CEO Rene’ Decker, bringing Karen into the company represents quite a coup. He says: “I have known and admired Karen for 23 years as she has worked with Powerstone since the beginning in providing legal representation for our clients. She has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge and expertise and will be a welcome addition to our growing organization.” He added: “She will no longer be representing community associations but will be developing and implementing programs and processes to minimize legal risks to the company as we continue to expand.”

    Karen is a graduate of Cornell University and received her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and graduated cum laude in 1990. Ms. Kannen had this to say on joining Powerstone: “I’m thrilled to join such a great organization. Powerstone is at the stage where I will have an opportunity to create new programs for the company as it continues its expansion throughout California.” She added: “I’m especially excited about working with the leadership team as I’ve known them all for many years and have the utmost respect for their abilities and their commitment to the highest level of service for their clients. Their impact in the industry has been profound.”

    Michelle Burge, Powerstone’s CFO stated: “Karen Kannen is exactly the type of accomplished strategist we need. Our clients deserve expert attention from our team with professional due diligence regarding the governance of their associations. This is why we already have three CPA’s on staff. As we have matured as an organization the challenges as well as the opportunities get larger and with Karen’s years of experience, her insights will be invaluable. I’m excited to have her join our team and am looking forward to our next chapter as a company.”

    About Powerstone
    Known for its exceptional service, Powerstone is a recognized leader and one of the largest property management firms based in California. Since 1993 Powerstone has served the CID industry (common interest development) with integrity, professionalism and expertise, including three on-staff CPA’s and an in-house General Counsel. From professional business planning, governance, and community management, to modern yet easy to use customized websites and on-line services, Powerstone provides homeowner associations complete and unparalleled service including customized Community Planning. Powerstone believes that every association deserves the chance to attain their vision for their property and that’s why we created the best combination of people and technology to not only better serve, but also to better achieve. For more information, go to

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