Julianne E. Dymowski

Julianne E. Dymowski

PARTNER
jdymowski@wtplaw.com
WASHINGTON
T: 202.659.6795
F: 202.327.6145



Ms. Dymowski, who is the Managing Partner of the Washington office, is an experienced business lawyer and litigator, who has developed a particular focus in representing community associations in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Memberships & Activities

  • Member: Whiteford, Taylor & Preston 3-person Management Committee (2006-2009)
  • Managing Partner: Whiteford, Taylor & Preston D.C. Office (2010-present)
  • Member: District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member: Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member: Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member: Community Association Institute
  • Member: Maryland Legislative Action Committee for Community Associations Institute (1994 - present)
  • Panel Chair: Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (2006 - 2015)
  • Former Legislative Council Chair: of the Community Associations Institute's Washington Metropolitan Chapter

Community Associations

  • Representation of condominiums, homeowners associations, cooperatives and mixed-use communities in the District of Columbia and Maryland
  • Frequent lecturer and writer on best practices for community associations and corporate Boards of Directors
  • Drafted portions of Maryland’s Condominium Act, Homeowners Association Act and Cooperative Act
  • Panel Chair, Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities
 

Counsel to Boards of Directors

  • Advise Boards of Directors on corporate and operational issues
  • Training and counsel on fiduciary duty and indemnification issues
  • Counsel on elections, voting and meetings of Members and Shareholders
  • Advise on Governing Document compliance and statutory requirements
 

Delinquent Assessment Collection

  • Advise on collections and foreclosure process
 

Contract Negotiations and Dispute Resolution

  • Negotiate service and construction contracts
  • Draft and interpret Easements, Leases and Licenses
 

Developer/Warranty Issues

  • Advise on enforcement of Developer warranties and bonds
 

Interpretation/Amendment of Governing Documents

  • Draft, interpret and enforce rules, bylaws and covenants
 

Rules and Covenant Enforcement

  • Draft enforcement policies
  • Advise on fine procedures and hearings
  • Litigate injunctive relief actions
 

Litigation: General and Community Association

  • Experienced practitioner in the Courts of D.C. and Maryland, including District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Special Appeals
  • Defend directors and officers in claims brought by members/shareholders and third parties
  • Successfully litigated numerous injunctive relief cases for Associations
  • Handle collection litigation for Community Associations and small businesses
  • Litigated developer warranty claims for new construction
  • Contract litigation on construction projects and service provider agreements
  • Representation in Arbitrations and Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings
 

Educational Accreditation

  • Represent and advise Educational Accreditation agencies and boards of directors
  • Draft, interpret and enforce Accrediting Standards, bylaw and articles of incorporation provisions
  • Representation of accrediting agencies in administrative hearings and litigation
  • Representation of accrediting agencies in State and Department of Education proceedings and responding to subpoenas
 

ABRA Proceedings (DC Alcohol Beverage Regulations Administration)

  • Representation at protest hearings
  • Negotiate voluntary agreements
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Co-Author: Maryland Legislative Update, June 2007, Quorum Magazine

Author: Satellite Dishes - 10 Years Later, Quorum Magazine

ARTICLES

Maryland Legislative Update

A new law effective October 1, 2018 makes it easier for a Maryland Condominium Association to suspend use of common element parking and recreational facilities by delinquent owners. 


Changes Effective October 1, 2016 to Resale Disclosures in Maryland

This past legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly undertook a review of the resale disclosure laws for condominiums and homeowners associations.  After input from CAI’s Maryland LAC and other organizations, a limited number of changes were passed and will become effective October 1, 2016.


2014 Maryland Legislative Update

This was another busy year in Annapolis.  The bills that passed and will become law include the following topics:

  • Pit Bulls
  • Cooperative Housing Act Amendments
  • Foreclosure of Leins

Maryland Passes Priority Lien Bill and other Legislative Updates for 2011

After 17 years of pursuing this legislation, Maryland has passed a priority lien bill. Pursuant to this new law, Association liens have a limited priority over the claim of a mortgage holder whose loan is entered into on or after October 1, 2011. The Association's priority is limited to four months of assessments with a cap of $1,200. This priority amount will be paid from the funds of any foreclosure sale prior to the claim of any other creditor, including a mortgage holder. While this law applies only to future mortgages, it will quickly become an important collection tool for Associations, who today often see their liens extinguished by foreclosure with no payment made towards the delinquency.


NEWS

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Announces Management Changes

As it celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP is delighted to announce its new leadership team.

Having completed four terms as Managing Partner, Albert J. Mezzanotte, Jr. will serve one more year as the Firm's Managing Partner and transition those duties to Martin T. Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher is a present member of the firm's Management Committee and after serving a one year term as Managing Partner Elect will then commence a three year term as Managing Partner.