rdiamond@reedsmith.com

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Robert 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, Robert has worked on a number of commercial, hotel and continuing care retirement condominiums as well 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.

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected by Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite:  Real Estate/Land Use" attorneys (2010)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition for his real estate practice (2009 - 2016)
  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading lawyers in the area of Real Estate: Northern Virginia lawyers (2008-2010, 2014, 2016)
  • Beginning in 2006, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Virginia Super Lawyers named Robert a "Super Lawyer" for his Real Estate practice.  Super Lawyers identifies the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.
  • Listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Southeast and Who's Who in American Law for several years
  • Received Community Associations Institute’s Distinguished Service Award in 1998.

Teaching Experience 

  • Guest Lecturer:
    • American University School of Law 
    • George Washington University Law School
  • Urban Land Institute 
  • Community Associations Institute 
  • College of Community Association Lawyers 
  • Engineers & Surveyors Institute 
  • National Association of Home Builders 
  • Virginia State Bar Virginia Association of Surveyors

Credentials

  • Columbia University School of Law, 1974, J.D.
  • Colgate University, 1970, A.B., 1969 - Exchange student at Vassar College

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia

  • Community Association Management Insider, Advisory Board Member 
  • Community Associations Institute
  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Committee on Condominiums, Cooperatives and Homeowners Associations, Member (1974-present)
  • Committee on Uniform Laws, Chair (1988-1990)
  • Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Real Estate Acts, Representative (1987-present)
  • Uniform Laws Commission’s Committee to Revise the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, JEB Advisor
  • Virginia Common Interest Community Board Regulatory Advisory Committee, Member
    •  Which is recommending changes to the regulations governing registration of condominiums in Virginia
  • Fairfax County Condominium Conversion Task Force, Member (1979-1980)
    • Charged with examining the issues of condominium conversion and limited new rental housing construction in the County
  • Virginia Housing Study Commission Subcommittee, Member
    • Charged with examining proposed changes to the Condominium Act and Property Owner’s Association Act. 
  • Uniform Condominium Act, Consultant/Witness before state legislatures considering adoption in Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming
  • Community Associations Institute, Member (1974-present)
    • Washington Metropolitan Chapter, President (1984)
    • National organization, President (1996)
    • Interagency Task Force, Co-Chair, which drafted proposed revisions in the underwriting guidelines used by the secondary mortgage market agencies to qualify community associations for financing. 
    • Amicus Curiae Team, Member
    • Annual Community Association Law Seminar and the Professional Management   Development Program, Faculty
  • College of Community Association Lawyers—Member of the Charter Class, elected to Board of Governors (2015)