Best Lawyers for Community Association Law in America

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  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law Litigation - Real Estate Community Association Law
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James A. Askew was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

James A. Askew

Askew & White, LLC
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Real Estate Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas San Antonio, Texas Sugar Land, Texas Houston, Texas Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Bellevue, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Tempe, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Community Association Law Nonprofit / Charities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Community Association Law
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Stephan S. Cohn was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Stephan S. Cohn

Berger Kahn , ALC
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation Community Association Law Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Tempe, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Municipal Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Land Use and Zoning Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Community Association Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Commercial Litigation Aviation Law Community Association Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Community Association Law Commercial Litigation Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Community Association Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Community Association Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Construction Litigation - Real Estate Community Association Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Fort Myers, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Land Use and Zoning Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Commercial Litigation Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Construction Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Community Association Law Immigration Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Community Association Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
Michael H. Mannes was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Michael H. Mannes

Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Community Association Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Falls Church, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Community Association Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Trusts and Estates Construction Law Insurance Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care Appellate Practice Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Community Association Law Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Community Association Law Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Community Association Law Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Community Association Law Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Community Association Law Collaborative Law: Family Law Sports Law Family Law Collaborative Law: Civil Mediation Construction Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Arbitration Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Community Association Law Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Real Estate Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Personal Injury Litigation Community Association Law Construction Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Mediation Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Municipal Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Economic Development Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Community Association Law Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment Community Association Law Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Mergers and Acquisitions Law Timber Law Banking and Finance Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Naples, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Community Association Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Community Association Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Community Association Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

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Practice Area Definition

Community Association Law Definition

Community Association Law refers to the body of law that applies to common interest developments, including condominiums, planned developments, stock co-ops, homeowner associations, and commercial property owner associations.  

 

The practice of community association law includes, among other things:

Creating common interest developments, preparation of governing documents, review, revision, and amendment of governing documents.

  • Updating documents from time to time to comply with statutory changes.
  • Representing boards of directors of common interest development associations.
  • Representing members of common interest development association.
  • Writing opinion letters for boards of directors or members of associations, interpreting governing documents, and advising boards on enforcement of governing documents.
  • Assisting boards in collecting assessments or imposing discipline on members for violation of governing documents.
  • Advising associations with respect to contracts (management, landscaping, maintenance).
  • Counseling associations with respect to performance of statutory duties imposed upon associations.
  • Representing associations in defective design and construction lawsuits.
  • Attending board meetings and general membership meetings as counsel for the board of directors of an association.

Lawyers whose practice is largely devoted to community association law are most likely to be members of the community association institute (CAI), and leading practitioners of community association law may be elected to membership in the College of Community Association Lawyers.

Hanna & Van Atta

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Community Association Law refers to the body of law that applies to common interest developments, including condominiums, planned developments, stock co-ops, homeowner associations, and commercial property owner associations.  

 

The practice of community association law includes, among other things:

Creating common interest developments, preparation of governing documents, review, revision, and amendment of governing documents.

  • Updating documents from time to time to comply with statutory changes.
  • Representing boards of directors of common interest development associations.
  • Representing members of common interest development association.
  • Writing opinion letters for boards of directors or members of associations, interpreting governing documents, and advising boards on enforcement of governing documents.
  • Assisting boards in collecting assessments or imposing discipline on members for violation of governing documents.
  • Advising associations with respect to contracts (management, landscaping, maintenance).
  • Counseling associations with respect to performance of statutory duties imposed upon associations.
  • Representing associations in defective design and construction lawsuits.
  • Attending board meetings and general membership meetings as counsel for the board of directors of an association.

Lawyers whose practice is largely devoted to community association law are most likely to be members of the community association institute (CAI), and leading practitioners of community association law may be elected to membership in the College of Community Association Lawyers.