HOA Managers are NOT attorneys and are NOT allowed to give ANY legal advice. That is why you have an Association Attorney.
In California, if your HOA Manager is giving your HOA or Board of Directors legal advice, they are likely guilty of Impersonating an Attorney which is punishable by 1 year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
Even if you don’t suspect your HOA manager is impersonating an attorney, you should ALWAYS demand that you receive your Association Attorney’s position in writing. This will eliminate any confusion and ensure you’re protected.
If you are concerned your HOA Manager is giving legal advice, you can report this to the State Bar for investigation: https://apps.calbar.ca.gov/complaint/upl/index