Lauren A. Ritter


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

[email protected]


Lauren works in Chadwick Washington’s Fairfax office as an associate attorney. She provides general counseling and representation to community associations across Virginia regarding assessment collections, covenant enforcement, amendments of governing documents, contract negotiation, and creation of rules and policies. She also provides litigation services to the firm’s clients, including representing community associations in both trial and appellate courts.

Lauren is actively involved in the Washington Metro Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI), where she is Co-Chair of the Public Outreach Committee and its annual High School Senior Scholarship contest.

Focus Areas in Community Association Law

  • General counseling and representation
  • Collections
  • Litigation
  • Rules and covenants enforcement
  • Governing document interpretation and amendments


  •  University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, J.D., 2017
    • Lead Articles Editor, Public Interest Law Review, 2016-2017
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, B.S., Human Development (minor: Gerontology), 2013


  •  2018, Virginia
  •  2019, District of Columbia

Professional Associations

  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Community Associations Institute
  • Virginia State Bar


  • Co-Author, “Reserve Study Requirements: Virginia, Maryland & D.C.”, WMCCAI Quorum, September 2019
  • Author, “Legal Practice as a Community Associations Attorney”, The American Bar Association’s The Young Lawyer, June 2021
  • Author, “Owner Education in Times of Conflict or Uncertainty,” WMCCAI Quorum, June 2021
  • Co-Author, “Trends in Fair housing: Discrimination Based on Familial Status, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Disputes, and Your Association’s Obligation to Protect Residents’ Rights”, WMCCAI Quorum, March 2022
  • Co-Author, “Striving for Architectural Compliance”, SVACAI Blog, January 2023


  • “Pandemic Preparedness: Reserve Studies, Financials and Governing Documents,” May 2020
  • “Paying Your Fair Share: Reserves and Financing Capital Projects for Virginia Associations,” December 2020
  • “Housing Law,” Guest Presenter for University of Richmond School of Law Course, February 2021
  • “Housing Law”, Guest Presenter for University of Richmond School of Law Course, March 2022
  • “Spotlighting Some Green Issues: Examining Environmental Activities on Common Area and Lots/Units and Association Responsibilities”, 2022
  • “Striving for Architectural Compliance”, Community Associations Institute Virginia Leadership Retreat, July 2022
  • “Housing Law”, Guest Presenter for University of Richmond School of Law Course, April 2023


  • 2019 WMCCAI Rising Star
  • 2021 WMCCAI Committee of the Year (Public Outreach Committe)
  • 2023 WMCCAI Outstanding Contribution Award – Potomac Watershed Clean-Up

Career History

  • Circuit Court of Arlington County, 2017-2018
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