Robert Diamond, Esq.
Mr. Diamond concentrates on real property law, with special emphasis on the planning and development of condominiums, mixed-use projects and planned unit developments, preparing community association documents for developers and builders. His practice includes risk management for developers/builders, ensuring compliance with secondary mortgage market requirements (FNMA, FHLMC, VA, FHA, VHDA), negotiation of warranty and construction defect claims, and general representation of community associations. More recently, Mr. Diamond has worked on a number of commercial, hotel and continuing care retirement condominiums as wall as litigating association-related issues in state and federal court. His clients include condominium and homeowners associations; developers of new and conversion residential, office and mixed-use condominium and PUD projects; lenders providing construction and permanent financing and assessment-based loans for condominiums and planned communities; and management companies and insurance companies working with community associations.
Mr. Diamond has been active in the development of legislation concerning condominiums and planned communities since 1975. He was one of four drafters of the Uniform Condominium Act for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (now the Uniform Laws Commission). He was a member of the group that prepared the 1975 amendments to the Virginia Condominium Act. He served as Secretary of the D.C. Bar Real Estate Committee and Chairman of the D.C. Bar Subcommittee on Condominiums, which drafted and participated in the enactment of the District of Columbia Condominium Act of 1976 over a period of two years and then drafted amendments in 1983, which were enacted in 1991. Mr. Diamond has been a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Condominiums, Cooperatives and Homeowners Associations since 1974 and chaired the Committee on Uniform Laws from 1988-1990. Since 1997, Mr. Diamond has been a representative to the Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Real Estate Acts. He served as the JEB advisor to the Uniform Laws Commission’s Committee to Revise the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act.
Mr. Diamond currently serves on the Virginia Common Interest Community Board Regulatory Advisory Committee which is recommending changes to the regulations governing registration of condominiums in Virginia.
Mr. Diamond was a member of the Fairfax County Condominium Conversion Task Force charged with examining the issues of condominium conversion and limited new rental housing construction in the County (1979-80). He also served as a member of the Virginia Housing Study Commission Subcommittees charged with examining proposed changes to the Condominium Act and Property Owner’s Association Act. He also has served as a consultant to or witness before state legislatures considering adoption of the Uniform Condominium Act in Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
He has been active in the Community Associations Institute since 1974, elected President of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter in 1984 and President of the national organization in 1996. In 1992 he co-chaired an interagency task force which drafted proposed revisions in the underwriting guidelines used by the secondary mortgage market agencies to qualify community associations for financing. Serving as a member of CAI’s amicus curiae team and as faculty for both the annual Community Association Law Seminar and the Professional Management Development Program, he received CAI’s Distinguished Service Award in 1998. He was also selected as a member of the charter class of the College of Community Association Lawyers.