When Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks opened its doors in 1993, condominiums were still a relatively new concept in New England and condominium law in MA was just beginning to emerge as a legal specialty. But the founding partners, who all had small condominium practices of their own, recognized that condominiums were poised to experience the same explosive growth in this part of the country they had already experienced elsewhere. And they anticipated the need for law firms large enough and specialized enough to provide the full range of legal services condominium communities would need.
Their crystal ball was accurate. Over twenty years ago, the firm had 9 attorneys representing a few hundred community associations in Massachusetts; today, 27 attorneys – 12 partners and 15 associates —representing more than 4,000 communities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire and is a member of a referral consortium with wholly independent offices in Washington D.C., Virginia, California, Colorado, Georgia, Arizona and Hawaii, making us the second-largest condominium law firm in the country based on the number of association clients and the number of attorneys devoted to that practice.
Although condominium law represents the core of our practice, we have also developed considerable expertise in commercial real estate law and land use and development (including time share and resort communities). Diversifying our practice in this way has broadened the services we can offer and increased our ability to attract attorneys with a wide range of interests and experience to the firm.
But it is for our representation of condominiums and our commitment to the community association industry that our firm is best known and on which our reputation rests today. Commitment — to the industry as well as to our clients —is a cornerstone of our philosophy and crucial to our practice. We recognize that our ability to serve our condominium clients requires active participation in and strong support of the industry that supports them. That principle has guided the firm’s development from the beginning. A shared belief in the growth potential of condominiums was only one of the bonds that brought the founding partners together; equally important was their work to secure passage of the Massachusetts Super Lien law that has done so much to ensure the financial viability of condominiums here – one of many legislative initiatives, nationally as well as regionally, in which members of the firm have had a hand.
Our attorneys interpret the “encouragement” to participate in industry affairs as a mandate. All of the name partners have served at least one term as president of CAI-New England, the regional affiliate of the Community Associations Institute; four are members of CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers; other members of the firm serve regularly on CAINE committees, speak at association-sponsored seminars and educational programs, and otherwise volunteer their time and legal expertise to support CAI and the services it provides condominium managers, trustees and owners.
The condominium world has changed over the past 20 years, to say the least. Laws and regulations have multiplied, the challenges confronting condominium boards have become more complex, and our firm has evolved, necessarily, to keep pace with those changes. One thing that has not changed, however, is our belief that the appropriate measure of a law firm is not the number of names on its client list or the number of attorneys on its letterhead, but the energy and commitment those attorneys bring to the practice and the quality of the services they provide.
Business consultants who advise law firms typically emphasize the need to “manage” client expectations. We believe in setting that expectation bar high by returning phone calls as close to immediately as possible; by responding thoughtfully to the questions our clients pose and the problems they ask us to solve; and by making sure the firm’s growth in the future will expand its capacity to serve all of our clients, without weakening the commitment we make or the personal attention we provide to any of them.
If you’re in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire and in need of our HOA legal services, we’d be interested in hearing from you. Contact us today!
Areas of Practice:
- Condominium Law
- Home Owners Association Law
- Condominium Contracts
- Condominium Liens
- Construction Defect Litigation
- and much more!