Robert M. Diamond, Esq., graduated from Colgate University in 1970 after spending his senior year studying at Vassar College, then graduated from Columbia University Law School in 1974. He is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the Urban Land Institute. Diamond has practiced real property law for over 40 years, with special emphasis on the planning and development of condominiums, planned unit developments and mixed-use projects. His practice includes preparing community association documents, reviewing documents for compliance with secondary mortgage market requirements, the negotiation of warranty and construction defect claims, and the general representation of community associations. Recently, he has worked on a number of commercial, hotel and continuing care retirement condominiums as well as litigating association-related issues in state and federal courts. Diamond's clients include condominium and homeowners associations; developers of new and conversion residential, office, and mixed-use condominium and PUD projects; and lenders, management companies and insurance companies working with community associations. Diamond has been named a "Superlaywer" in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. for several years.
Diamond has been a dedicated volunteer within CAI, serving as President of the national organization and the Washington Metropolitan Chapter. A charter member of the College of Community Association Lawyers, he was elected to its Board of Governors for 2015. He serves on the faculty for both the annual Community Association Law Seminar and the Professional Management Development Program. He has served on CAI's Government and Public Affairs Council, is currently serving on CAI's Federal Legislative Action Committee and chairs its amicus curiae committee. He is currently the CAI representative to the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Real Estate Acts and served as a drafter of the Uniform Condominium Act, the D.C. Condominium Act and the Virginia Condominium Act. With the American Bar Association, Diamond has chaired the Committee on Uniform Laws and is a member of the Committee on Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Homeowners Associations. Diamond is also a member of the Law360 Real Estate Editorial Advisory Board.
Diamond has served as a member of the Fairfax County Condominium Conversion Task Force, the Virginia Housing Study Commission Subcommittee on the Virginia Condominium Act, the Virginia Advisory Legislative Commission on the Uniform Condominium Act and the Virginia Condominium Regulatory Review Committee. He has also served as a consultant to or witness before several state legislatures considering adoption of the Uniform Condominium Act.
Diamond has authored a number of articles, including How to Pull Profit Out of Thin Air, 71 Urban Land 9/10 (2012), with Olivia Shay-Byrne; Control Your Warranty Claims, 14 Virginia Builder 8 (2001), with Michael S. Dingman; Changing Perspectives on Community Association Mortgage Underwriting and Credit Analysis, Institute Report No. 01-02, Research Institute for Housing America, with Clifford J. Treese and Katherine N. Rosenberry; Developing Community – For Developers of Common-Interest Communities, Building a Sense of Community is Good Business, Common Ground (Mar. – Apr. 1998); Developing Community, CAI Quorum (Sept. 1997), with Deborah K. Raines; FCC Considering Expanding Antenna Rules To Common Areas, Common Elements and Rental Property – Homeowners, Associations and Landlords Must Wait For The Decision, Common Ground (1997), Multi-Family Executive (1997); and Consumer Warranty Issues in the Sale of Residential Condominiums (with Deborah K. Raines), published in the Fall 1985 Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal. Mr. Diamond also assisted Prof. Andrea J. Boyack in developing two articles: Community Collateral Damage: A Question of Priorities, Social Science Research Network (April 14, 2011) and Laudable Goals and Unintended Consequences: The Role and Control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 60 American University Law Review 5 (June 2011).
Finally, Diamond has taught numerous seminars on condominium and PUD development, operation and warranty claims to developers, lawyers, property managers, civil engineers and surveyors in a variety of venues.
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