Michael A. Sottolano

201 Concourse Boulevard, Suite 101
Glen Allen, VA  23059
Telephone: 804-346-5400
Fax: 804-965-9919

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Michael A. Sottolano is a senior associate attorney in the firm’s Richmond (Glen Allen) office and has been with the firm since 2011.  He represents community associations and provides legal assistance to clients regarding all aspects of common interest community association law, including advising board of directors in their day-to-day operations, reviewing and negotiating contracts, litigation and alternative methods of dispute resolution, drafting governing documents and amendments, reviewing and negotiating loan documents, as well as enforcement of covenant and rule violations, addressing fair housing complaints and collection of unpaid assessments.

Michael is actively involved in several chapters of the Community Associations Institute (“CAI”), including serving on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Chapter of CAI as its current President. Previously, he served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Central Virginia Chapter of CAI and currently serves on the CVCCAI Community Associations Day Trade Show & Expo committee.  He is also a frequent presenter at CAI events, including the 2016 CAI National Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, FL, the 2021, 2018, 2016, 2014 and 2012 CVCCAI Community Associations Day Trade Show & Expo, the 2016 Virginia Leadership Retreat and the 2016 Southwest Virginia Chapter of CAI Community Associations Day and Annual Tradeshow in Roanoke, VA.  He has also authored several articles in Consensus and the CWMEB Journal.

Focus areas in community association law

  • General counseling and representation
  • Litigation
  • Collections
  • Rules and covenants enforcement
  • Contract interpretation and dispute resolution
  • Bylaw interpretation and amendments



  • 2011, Virginia
  • 2011, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • 2016, Eastern District of Virginia United States Bankruptcy Court
  • 2016, Fourth Circuit for the U.S. Court of Appeals

Professional associations


  • CVCCAI Rising Star Award, 2013
  • CVCCAI Past Presidents Award, 2018


  • “There’s No Business Like Show Business…! (Do We Need a License for That?)”, co-authored with Jerry M. Wright, Jr., Consensus, Fall 2012 Edition
  • “Ho Ho Ho, Holiday Decorating We Go! How to Protect the Aesthetics of Your Community This Holiday Season”, Consensus, Winter 2013 Edition
  • “It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A … Drone!”, Consensus, Summer 2015 Edition
  • “You’ve Been Hacked”, co-authored with Brad Barna, Consensus, Summer 2017 Edition
  • “Effective Enforcement: Tips for Conducting a Successful Violation Hearing”, co-authored with Lesley A. Z. Rigney, Consensus, Summer 2019.

Reported cases

  • Investors USA III, LLC v. The Links Condominium Association, Inc., Henrico County Circuit Court, Case No.: CL11-931
  • Board of Directors of the Links Condominium Association, Inc., v. Investors USA III, LLC, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Case No.: 3:11-CV-252
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