Edward J. O'Connell III Inducted as President of WMCCAI

Date: November 18, 2013

Falls Church -- Whiteford Taylor & Preston is delighted to announce that our partner, Edward J. O'Connell III has been inducted as the president of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

Mr. O'Connell, who is co-chair of the firm's Community Associations group, has almost 20 years of experience in all facets of common-interest associations, from day-to-day business operations to litigation between boards and owners. This form of ownership, which includes condominiums, co-ops and homeowners' associations, has spread rapidly in the past few decades and raises its own unique legal issues of relations between boards, who operate in some ways like elected city councils, and homeowners.

Mr. O'Connell, who is admitted in both Washington DC and Virginia, represents communities in both jurisdictions, and has been active in the Washington chapter of the CAI for many years. He has been a board member since 2008 and served as Vice-President prior to becoming the President. He is also a member of the Chapter's Virginia Legislative Committee and a frequent contributor to Quorum Magazine, the chapter's publication. 

The Community Associations Institute serves the educational, business and networking needs of the community association industry. Members include professional managers, attorneys, accountants and community association volunteer leaders from condominium, cooperative and homeowners associations.  It also includes entities that provide products and services to condominiums, cooperatives and home owner associations. The Washington chapter serves the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, and is the largest of the Institute's 61 chapters worldwide.

The Community Associations group at Whiteford is made up of over 20 attorneys and 10 paraprofessionals. The group's clients range from southern Virginia to Delaware, and the firm has just opened a new office in Bethany Beach, Delaware, to serve the legal needs of common-interest resort communities.

About Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP: The 165 attorneys at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston are dedicated to helping our clients protect and grow their businesses through strategic business and litigation services. We serve our clients in the region, across the nation and around the globe from our base of ten offices in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Delaware, and Michigan.