Edward J. O'Connell III
Mr. O’Connell 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.
Memberships & Activities
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2020
Memberships & Activities
- Member: Virginia State Bar
- Member: District of Columbia Bar
- Member: Fairfax Bar Association
- Member: Community Associations Institute - Washington Metropolitan Chapter
- WMCCAI Board of Directors (2008 - present)
- WMCCAI Vice President (2012)
- WMCCAI President (2013)
- Member: WMCCAI Virginia Legislative Committee
Common-Interest Community Associations
- Mr. O’Connell is experienced in representing community associations in Virginia and the District of Columbia
Counsel to Boards of Directors
- Advises common-interest community association boards on day-to-day business operations, compliance with governing documents, operating procedures, meetings (including quorum, voting and proxy issues), insurance matters, director issues and disputes, member issues and disputes, financial and real property transactions, land use and rezoning issues, assessment collections, employment issues and appropriate responses to changing federal, state and local laws
Contract Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
- Experienced in negotiating agreements for construction, maintenance and improvements of the common interest community association property and common facilities
- Experienced in negotiating financing for capital improvement and repair projects for common-interest community associations
Real Estate and Land Use
- Represents master property owner association clients in obtaining rezoning for capital improvements to the community facilities
- Represents common-interest community association clients before county and city governments on land use and zoning issues
- Represents large and small association clients in real property transactions involving the acquisition and sale of land, boundary dispute issues, and the negotiation of public and private easements, licenses and covenants, including considerable experience in negotiating bulk cable television and internet contracts
- Extensive experience in consulting on and preparing amendments to the governing documents for both traditional and age-restricted adult active communities
- Prepares corporate and governing documents for large master property owners' associations and smaller property owners' associations in Virginia
- Negotiated favorable results for common interest community associations in statutory warranty claims in Virginia
Administrative Investigations & Proceedings
- Represents common-interest community associations in responding to investigations by federal, state and local administrative agencies on fair housing complaints
- Represents common-interest community associations in responding to investigations by the Virginia Common-Interest Community Board on complaints filed by owners and citizens
Condemnation / Eminent Domain
- Negotiated favorable settlement with VDOT relating to condemnation proceeding for client impacted by the Capital Beltway Hot Lanes Project
- Represents common-interest community associations in condemnation/eminent domain proceedings in Virginia
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Active Adult Communities
Provide governance, regulatory and contractual advice and assistance to directors, officers and management of continuing care retirement community and active adult community clients
Contributing Author: Quorum Magazine - WMCCAI publication
Author: "How to Get Rid of a Board Member," Quorum Magazine, a Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute publication (January 2020 Issue)
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.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is delighted to announce that Susan Jaffe Roberts has been elected a partner of the firm, and Daniel A. Griffith, and Edward J. O'Connell III have been named equity partners, effective January 1, 2010.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Increases Its Number of Falls Church Attorneys and Expands Its Northern Virginia Location
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) has expanded its Falls Church office - by increasing the number of attorneys and enlarging its office space. Glenn R. Bonard, Eileen Morgan Johnson, Thomas Mugavero, Christy Richardson, and Andrew J. Terrell have joined Raymond J. Diaz, Michael Gartner, Christopher A. Jones, Katherine McCarthy, Edward J. O'Connell, and Eric A. Vendt in WTP's offices at 3190 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 300, Falls Church, VA 22042.
Prior to its 75th anniversary, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (WTP) is proud to announce the opening of its Falls Church office. Located at 3190 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042, the office officially opened for business on May 31, 2007.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (WTP) announced today that Raymond J. Diaz, former President of the Virginia State Bar, and Edward O'Connell III have joined the firm's expanding Community Associations (CA) practice.