The Law Offices of Ada Cordero-Sacks, Esq.
Ada Cordero-Sacks, Esq., MAAda Cordero-Sacks, Esq., MA
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Ada Cordero-Sacks, Esq., MA

Ada Cordero-Sacks, Esq., MA is one of Los Angeles’ premier multifamily housing attorneys. Her specialties include:

  • Representing affordable housing developers of multifamily housing projects from pre-development to placed-in-service.
  • Representing non-profit owners in refinancing and/or selling their HUD-insured 202/236 projects, transfer of physical assets (TPA).
  • Representing owners re: asset management/compliance issues with HCD, HUD, REAC, 2530s, Enforcement Ctr.
  • Representing owners re: unlawful detainers, good cause, LARSO

An expert in guiding projects through state and federal housing agencies, Ms. Cordero-Sacks has helped to create numerous affordable housing projects.

Ms. Cordero-Sacks earned a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA in 1996 and has worked for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles.

Ms. Cordero-Sacks also practices immigration law and is a native Spanish speaker. Ada is a happily-married mother of two.

Professional Organization Membership

Ada is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • The American Bar Association (ABA), Member, Affordable Housing Section
  • State Bar of California, Real Estate & Civil Litigation Sections
  • The Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, Real Estate & Civil Litigation Sections
  • The Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH)
  • The Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) — Pacific Southwest
  • The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA)
  • The Mexican American Bar Association (MABA)
  • Western Mortgage Advisory Council, Associate Member
  • The Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity

Professional Rewards

  • Reasonable Accommodations/Familial Status, Barker Management, Inc. Seminar, August 2011
  • Fair Housing Primer, Hollywood Housing Community Development Corp. Seminar, July 2011
  • Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement IMAGE Award, February 2010
  • Best Lease Provisions, AAGLA Latino Roundtable, June 2010
  • Apartment Association of Great Los Angeles (AAGLA), President’s Circle, Gold Recognition Award, December 2009
  • Unlawful Detainer Trends—Preparing for Jury Trial, Barker Management, Inc. Seminar, May 2009
  • "HUD-Insured Mortgage May Not Be the Answer", Apartment Age May 2008
  • Outstanding Annual Work Performance Evaluation
    Merit Cash Award, February 2006
  • Outstanding Annual Work Performance Evaluation
    Merit Cash Award, February 2005
  • Federal Service Recognition Award
    Departmental Enforcement Center, July 2004
  • Speaker/Trainer at the AFS-Non-Filers Training, September 2003
  • Outstanding Annual Work Performance Evaluation
    Merit Cash Award, February 2004
  • Co-Chair Hispanic Heritage Month/Celebration, October 2003
  • Trainer - Prep for the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
    Administrative Record, Washington DC, August  2003
  • Outstanding Annual Work Performance Evaluation
    Merit Cash Award, February 2003
  • Co-Chair Black Heritage Month/Celebration, February 2003
  • Co-Chair Hispanic Heritage Month, October 2002
  • Excellence in Performance Award
    Joint Project with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, May 2001
  • Federal Service Recognition Award, Enforcement Actions Reporting
    Departmental Enforcement Center, January 2001
  • Federal Service Recognition Award
    Community Planning & Development, June 2000
  • Monitoring Report $5.4 Million - $.5M returned to the Dept.
    See "Federal housing Officials Dock County $500,000 for Misspending Grant," Riverside Press-Enterprise, 10/16/00
  • Federal Service Recognition Award, Office of General Counsel
    Migrant Farmworker Center, See "$21-Million Deal to Improve Farm Worker Housing: Settlement of Bias Complaints Against Riverside County is the Biggest of Its Kind," Los Angeles Times, 5/23/00, Cuomo Says $21 Million Discrimination Settlement Will Create Housing Opportunities for 2,000 California Farm Worker Families, HUD News, 5/22/00

Academic Awards, Honors, & Scholarships

  • Valedictorian, University of West Los Angeles, May 2005
    Summa Cum Laude, Commencement Speech
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Remedies, Spring 2005
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Wills & Trusts, Spring 2005
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Business Associations, Spring 2005
  • The Alan R. Frieman Evidence Scholarship Award, Fall 2004
  • Dean's Scholarship Award IV, Fall 2004
  • Faculty Merit Scholarship Award, Fall 2004
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Constitutional Law II, Spring 2003
  • Roger J. Taynor Moot Court Competition (Statewide), May 2004
    California Academy of Appellate Lawyers Award - Best Written Brief
    Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Constitutional Law I, Fall 2003
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Evidence I, Fall 2003
  • Faculty Merit Scholarship Award, Fall 2003
    Law Review, Fall 2003
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Best Written Brief & Best Oral Argument, Summer 2003
  • Richard Abbe & Barry Levin Moot Court Competition Winner
    California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate, Division Six, July 2003
  • Dean's Honor List, Spring 2003
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Professional Responsibility, Spring 2003
  • Dean's Honor List, Fall 2002
  • Faculty Merit Scholarship Award, Spring 2003
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Civil Procedure I, Fall 2003
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Legal Analysis & Writing II (Legal Research), Summer 2002
  • Faculty Merit Scholarship Award, Fall 2002
  • Witkin Book Certificate Award
    Criminal Law, Spring 2002
  • Witkin & CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    Torts I, Fall 2001
  • The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) Foundation
    $10,000 David C. Lizarraga Fellowship, June 2001
  • Graduate Student Affairs Academic Grant UCLA, September 1994/1995
  • ASUCI Legislative Council Secretary
    University of California, Irvine, September 1989 - June 1990
  • UC Irvine, Dorm President
    University of California, Irvine, September 1988 - June 1989
  • Undergraduate Honor Student, Dean's Honor List
    University of California, Irvine, September 1989
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Finalist
  • Nominated by the University of California, Irvine, February 1989
  • Cuban-American Scholarship
    Cuban-American Association, Bell Gardens, California, February 1989
  • LaCadana's Women Club Scholarship
    Burbank, California, June 1988 & June 1989
  • PTA Scholarship Award
    Burbank, California, June 1988
  • Commencement Speech
    John Burroughs HS, Burbank, California, June 1988

Training

Ada has been trained in environmental clearances, entitlements, construction management, prevailing wages, relocation, loan underwriting and numerous other relevant areas.

  • HUD Lender's Conference, New Loan Docs, May 2011
  • HUD MAP Underwriting, December 2010
  • HUD Affordable Housing Trust Agreements Symposium, August 2010
  • HUD Lender's Conference, April 2010
  • Creating and Representing 501(c)(3)s, Public Counsel Workshop, June 2009
  • Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) Workshop, Los Angeles, February 2008
  • Preparing Evidence for Trial, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trial Advocacy, January 2008
  • Investigating Conflicts of Interest - Certified Fraud Examiners, Los Angeles, CA, May 2007
  • Certified Fraud Examiners Introductory Course — Certified Fraud Examiners, Los Angeles, CA, May 2007
  • Investigating Section 8 Fraud — Office of Inspector General, Long Beach, CA, March 2007
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Litigation Program, Los Angeles, CA, February 2007
  • Enforcing Regulatory Violations of FHA-Insured Properties — Preparing for Foreclosure & Relocation, Chicago, IL, August 2006
  • Reasonable Accommodation, Federal and State Law, September 2005
  • Trainer, Preparing the Admin Record for the Administrative Law Judge
    Washington, DC, September 2003
  • Financial Analysis Training — Preparing the Administrative Record, Bradson Corp. Los Angeles, California, January 2003
  • Correcting Problem Employee Conduct, USDA Graduate School
    Los Angeles, California, August 2002
  • Debarment & Suspensions, DEC Legal Division
    Washington, DC, July 2002
  • WestLaw Advanced Legal Research — WestLaw Certified
    Los Angeles, California, July 2002
  • Real Estate Management System (REMS) DEC
    Washington, DC, March 2002
  • Cross-Functional Communication — American Management Association
    Los Angeles, California, September 2001
  • Mold and Its Impact on Affordable Housing
    Washington, DC, February 2001
  • Multifamily Programs, Budget Analysis, Preparing for Litigation
    Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2000
  • Brownfields Economic Development Initiative
    Riverside, California, May 2000
  • Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS)
    Los Angeles, California, April 2000
  • CDBG Comprehensive Training, San Francisco, California, March 2000
  • Lead-Based Paint Training, Tonya Inc.
    Los Angeles, California, February 2000
  • CDBG, HOME & ESG, Washington, DC, February 2000
  • Proposal Writing Workshop - Center for Nonprofit Management
    Los Angeles, California, January 2000
  • Uniform Relocation Act - Community Planning & Development Training Institute, Los Angeles, California, January 2000
  • Community Reinvestment Act, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    Los Angeles, California, November 1999
  • Environmental Training - 24CFR Part 50
    Los Angeles, California, October 1999
  • Consolidated Plan Training
    Los Angeles, California, October 1999
  • Special Needs Assistance Program, Tonya Inc.
    Pasadena, California, September 1999
  • Community 20/20 Software
    Los Angeles, California, July 1999
  • Environmental Training - NEPA Review
    Los Angeles, California, July 1999
  • Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH)
    Project Manager Training, June 1999
  • Lending & Underwriting Workshop - Michael Manigault
    Los Angeles, California, May 1999
  • Construction Scheduling - Nedell & Associates
    Los Angeles, California, April 1999
  • Homeownership, Single Family Home Underwriting
    Enterprise Foundation, Los Angeles, California, April 1999
  • Construction Management - Avoiding Litigation - Guccoine & Associates
    Los Angeles, California, April 1999
  • Building HOME - Community Planning & Development Training Institute
    Los Angeles, California, February 1999
  • Relocation Plan Training - Bill VonKloug Relocation Trainer
    Los Angeles, California, January 1999
  • Project Manager - Time Management Seminar, Franklin Covey, Inc.
    Los Angeles, California, November 1998
  • Fair Housing Practices Workshop Fair Housing Congress of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, March 1998
  • OMB Circular A110 Regulation for NonProfits Workshop
    Los Angeles, California, February 1998
  • Commercial Relocation Training - Bill VonKloug Relocation Trainer
    Los Angeles, California, December 1997
  • Residential Relocation Training - Bill VonKloug Relocation Trainer
    Los Angeles, California, October 1997
  • Federal Labor Compliance Training Davis-Bacon Act
    Los Angeles, California, September 1997
  • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Federal Regulation Workshop
    Los Angeles, California, August 1997
  • Accounting for Non-Profits - Center for NonProfit Management
    Los Angeles, California, August 1997
  • Monitoring & Compliance of a LIHTC Project
    CA Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Irvine, California, March 1997