Brendan P. Bunn

Location:
3201 Jermantown Road, Suite 600
Fairfax, VA  22030
Telephone: 703-352-1900
Fax: 703-352-5293

[email protected]

Biography

Brendan P. Bunn is a shareholder in the firm’s Fairfax office and has been practicing community association law since 1993. He counsels the firm’s clients on the broad range of community association law issues and is also an experienced litigator.  His recent projects include pursuit of condominium developer warranty claims and assisting clients in amending their governing documents.  Brendan has additional experience in cooperative-to-condominium conversions.  From 1993 to 1998, Brendan practiced with the D.C. office of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, and he joined Chadwick, Washington in 1998. He was elected as shareholder in the firm in 2001.

Brendan is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers.  He also served as President of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Associations Institute in 2005 and served on the Board of Directors from 2000-2006.  He was elected to the Chapter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.  He has served on the Business Partners Council of National CAI and currently serves on National CAI’s Board of Trustees.

He has taught numerous programs for CAI, ranging from The Essentials introductory course to seminars and lectures at the Chapter’s Annual Conference and Expo event.  He has also presented at CAI National Conferences and the Community Association Legal Seminar, and served as an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law from 2000 to 2002.  He has appeared numerous times on Fairfax County’s “Your Community, Your Call” television program.

Focus areas in community association law

  • General counseling and representation
  • Condominium warranty disputes
  • Rules and covenants enforcement
  • Contract negotiations
  • Bylaw interpretation and amendments

Education

Admitted

  • 1992, Virginia
  • 1993, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • 1993, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • 1994, District of Columbia
  • 1995, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional associations

  • Fellow, College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), elected 2011
    • Law Seminar Planning Committee, 2013 – present
    • Currently serves as Co-Chair on Law Seminar Planning Committee
  •  Community Associations Institute (National) – Board of Trustees (2014 – present)

Honors

  • Inducted into Hall of Fame of Washington Metro Chapter of CAI, 2007

Notable cases

Articles

  • “Neighbor vs. Neighbor:  When to Enter — or Exit — the Fray”, Quorum Magazine, April 2012
  • “Ask the Expert: Hidden Camera,” Common Ground magazine, October 2011
  • “The Horror of the Hoarder,” Quorum magazine, September 2011
  • “Dignity & Diligence: The Problem of the Aging Resident,” Quorum, October 2007
  • “Fair Housing Update: Religion & National Origin,” Quorum, September 2006
  • “A Guide to Nonjudicial Foreclosure in Virginia,” Quorum, March 2002
  • “Top 10 Amendments to Governing Documents,” Quorum, March 2000
  • “Conversion Wave,” Quorum, February 2000
  • “Can Directors Vote by Email?”, Quorum, March 1999

Seminars

  • “Fair & Consistent: A Covenant Enforcement Strategy,” WMCCAI Conference & Expo, February 25, 2017
  • Panelist, “The Great Debate – Sex, Drugs & Drones,” CAI Chesapeake Symposium & Expo, October 18, 2016
  • “Hot Topics Debated” – WMCCAI Conference & Expo, March 12, 2016
  • “Panel of Pundits” – CAI Law Seminar, January 2016
  • Fair Housing Law in Virginia – CICB Course, CAI Virginia Leadership Retreat, July 2015
  • “Avoid the Anarchy: Planning, Conducting & Adjourning the Successful Meeting,” WMCCAI Free Seminar Series, April 2015.
  • “Community Association Law for the New — and Not So New — Attorney,” CAI Law Seminar, 2015
  • “Hoarding, Loitering & Other Abnormal Behaviors:  What’s the Best Medicine?” WMCCAI Conference & Expo, March 2014
  • “Managing Strange, But True, Common Area Issues,” WMCCAI Manager Luncheon, November 2013
  • “Strategies for Curing the Top Ten Dysfunctional Boards of Directors,” CAI Virginia Leadership Retreat, July 2013
  • “Get Out the Vote — and Amend Your Governing Documents: Tips, Strategies & Top 10 Lists,” WMCCAI Conference & Expo, March 2013
  • “Smooth Sailing:  Keys and Tips for Avoiding the Messy Meeting” (CAI Webinar), March 2012
  • “Rules: Purpose & Philosophy,” CAI Virginia Leadership Retreat, July 2011
  • “President Elect Training,” CAI National Conference, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008
  • “War Stories and Battle Lessons from the Gen X Trenches,” CAI Law Seminar, 2010
  • “Succeeding as a Volunteer Director,”  WMCCAI Conference & Expo, February 2010
  • “Facing the Foreclosure Crisis”
    • CAI Virginia Leadership Retreat, July 2009
    • WMCCAI Conference & Expo, February  2009
  • “Owner Occupancy & Rental Caps,” WMCCAI Conference & Expo, February 2007
  • “Amending Your Governing Documents”
    • WMCCAI Conference & Expo, February 2005
    • CAI Natl. Conference, May 2003
  • “A Guide to Nonjudicial Foreclosure,” SEVCAI CA Day, April 2003
  • “Dealing with Problem Residents,” National CAI Conference, May 2001
  • CAI ABC’s and Volunteer Leadership Course, numerous sessions 2001 – 2010

Career history

  • Attorney, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, 1993 – 1998
  • Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law, 2000-2002

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