MARY GOODHUE DEUTSCH – A principal attorney in the law firm of ZimberoffDeutsch, APC, obtained her undergraduate education at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, from which she graduated in 1976 with degrees in English and Psychology. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1980, and was awarded the George Hickman, Jr. award as the outstanding constitutional law scholar of her graduating class.
Ms. Deutsch is an experienced litigation and trial attorney. Between 1985 and 1988, while working for an established San Diego litigation firm, she represented the plaintiff in a $44 million federal anti-trust suit filed in Federal Court in Anchorage, Alaska. Between 1988 and 1991, she represented national insurance carriers in multi-million dollar insurance coverage disputes, which included several lengthy jury trials. In 1991, she represented the plaintiff in connection with an insurance bad faith claim, in which the court rendered a $1.9 million verdict in favor of her client.
In 1991, Ms. Deutsch joined the community association law firm of Epsten & Grinnell as a senior litigation attorney. She handled numerous construction defect litigation matters, and served as lead counsel for homeowners associations in several jury and bench trials. Ms. Deutsch also handled innumerable litigation matters involving homeowners associations, including governing documents enforcement litigation, assessment collections, judicial foreclosures, and defending Boards of Directors in a broad range of claims including alleged discrimination, labor code violations, personal injury and property damage, and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
In 1999, Ms. Deutsch established her own community association legal practice representing homeowners associations, with the majority of her clients being individual homeowners dealing with issues involving their rights and duties as members of HOA communities. In 2018, Ms. Deutsch and Daniel Zimberoff formed Zimberoff Deutsch, APC. Ms. Deutsch has been an active member of the San Diego and Greater Inland Empire chapters of the Community Associations Institute and the California Association of Community Managers, and a former Editor of the Community Association News.
When not in the office or courtroom, Ms. Deutsch enjoys riding her bicycle, motoring on her boat or sipping a nice glass of wine.