Halk, Oetinger, and Brown traces its Arizona roots back to 2006 when Philip Brown formed the Brown Law Group. As the creator of the first contingent assessment collection program in Arizona, the firm experienced rapid growth throughout the state. The firm collects the Association’s money at our expense and collect our fees from the debtor. This perfectly aligns the Association’s interest in collecting assessments with the firm’s interest in recovering the attorney’s fees and costs advanced.
Kelly Oetinger joined the firm in 2011 focusing her practice on general counsel work. Kelly became a partner in 2015. John Halk joined the firm in 2015 to manage the firm’s litigation and collections department. John and Kelly became members in 2023. The firm will continue serving our clients across Arizona with the same services that our client shave come to rely on – sound concise legal advice, general counsel work, and assessment collections under the “no fee” contingent collection plan.
The firm has always had a goal to provide expert legal representation to planned communities and condominiums with affordable fee structures. We’ve grown into a leader in Arizona because we’ve done just that. We lead the state in assessment collection for a reason.
Phil opened the Brown Law Group in 2006 and continues to serve as the firm’s managing partner. With offices in Phoenix and Tucson, the firm focuses on Community Association Law and governance.
Phil teaches classes on Budgets, Reserves and Collecting Assessments, Transition from Developer Control, Enforcing the Covenants, Arizona Community Association Law, Board Responsibilities, to name a few.
Phil and his partner in life, Michelle, are happily raising their three girls and two dogs. In their spare time, they are reading and trail running.
Kelly Oetinger joined The Brown Law Group in in 2012. Since 2015, she has served as the Senior Partner in The Brown Law Group’s Tempe Office. Kelly practices in all areas of community association law with a focus on general counsel issues and covenant enforcement. Kelly is a graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Prior to attending law school, Kelly obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. Kelly is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona.
Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and exploring the hiking trails of Arizona.
John Halk manages litigation cases for the firm in both the Phoenix and Tucson Offices. John is licensed to practice law in Arizona and has worked in real estate and collections since 2015. A graduate of the Phoenix School of Law, John was a CALI award winner and recognized on the Dean’s List. He volunteers his time with various organizations to assist Arizona residents with their financial and real estate issues appearing on ABC 15 and the Arizona State Bar’s social media outlets.
Outside of his professional engagements, John participates in obstacle course races around the country, practices Krav Maga martial arts, and is an Eagle Scout. He is also involved with real estate investing, a member of AZREIA, and enjoys travel in his free time. John is committed to supporting his community and everyone in it.
over 30 years of law experience
Halk, Oetinger, and Brown represents planned communities and condominiums. We assist clients with covenant enforcement, assessment collection, association litigation, and general association governance.
Our firm takes a different approach to legal representation for associations. We focus on solving problems, not billing hours.