Pamela M. Jonah

Published on: May 17, 2013

AREAS OF FOCUS:  CONDOMINIUM LAW

Pam is a partner in the firm’s Condominium Practice Group and concentrates her practice in the representation of condominium and homeowner associations in Massachusetts. Pam handles all aspects of community association representation offering day to day general advice, including but not limited to document review, interpretation and drafting, lien enforcement matters, association loans and covenant, restrictions and rule enforcement matters.

Prior to joining the firm in 2017 Pam worked for another firm for 9 years concentrating in condominium association representation.

Prior to that Pam was a sole practitioner with a varied practice that included representing individuals in commercial and residential real estate transactions. She has over 22 years of experience in real estate law.

At the same time Pam was a co-owner of a real estate developing company, offering construction services and developing single family homes and small condominiums.

In addition to her legal experience Pam served a two year term in Public Office during 1999-2001 when she was elected the first District Four Councilor under the new Mayor/Council form of government in the Town of Weymouth. She was appointed the Chairwoman of the Ordinance Committee responsible for transferring 375 years accumulated Town By-Laws into newly formed Ordinances. During her term she also served as a member of the Budget Finance; Economic Development; Education and Senior Citizens Committee.

Pam has been an invited lecturer with M.C.L.E., CAI-NE, CAI – National speaking on a variety of condominium issues and has authored articles addressing condominium issues published in magazines and newspapers, including CAI-NE’s Condo Media.

EDUCATION

  • Suffolk University School of Management – summa cum laude – graduated valedictorian of her class (1991)
  • Suffolk University Law School – cum laude (1994)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Community Association’s Institute (New England)
    • Chair of CAI-NE Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) committee
    • Member CAI-NE Attorney’s committee
    • Past member CAI-NE Program committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

ADMISSIONS

  • Massachusetts
  • Admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court

NOTABLE

  • For setting legal precedent, helping to create a new cause of action in Massachusetts known as “AIDS Phobia” (the fear of contracting AIDS from contact with foreign instruments) by successfully arguing a case before the District Court of Appeals.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Q&A “Does the Community Need a Lifeguard?” (New England Condominium, February 2012)
  • “Pool Rules, Meeting ADA Requirements” (Condo Media, March 2012)
  • Quoted in “Dealing with Delinquent Owners” (New England Condominium, May 2012)
  • Q&A “Who Do We Trust?” (New England Condominium, August 2012)
  • Quoted in “Understanding Fiduciary Duty” (New England Condominium, October 2012)
  • Q&A “Are Extended Terms Legal?” (New England Condominium, October 2013)
  • Quoted in “Rules on Records” (New England Condominium, October 2013)
  • Quoted in “Loud and Clear” (New England Condominium, July 2014)
  • “A Hard Lesson Learned, Discrimination Case Results in Hefty Penalty” (Condo Media, August 2015)
  • “HUD To Step Up Violation on Enforcement, Take Notice” (Condo Media, November 2015)
  • Quoted in “Glad to Meet You” Volunteer Spotlight (Condo Media, 2015)
  • Quoted in “Funding Your Reserves Banking Against Surprises” (New England Condominium, November 2016)
  • Q&A “Is More Parking an Improvement?” (New England Condominium, 2017)
  • “Hostile Housing & Harassment, Oh My!” (Condo Media, January 2017)
  • “Winning at He Said, She Said, The Importance of Documenting Events and Conversations” (Condo Media, January 2017)

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