Qualifications: Condominium Law, FHA/ADA Discrimination Issues
Phone / Fax: T: (401) 726-1010 F: (401) 305-3346
Location: Lincoln, RI
Mary-Joy A. Howes, a partner at GSL, works out of the firm’s Rhode Island office. She has been practicing law since 2005 and is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and the U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island. She earned her J.D. from Roger Williams University and her undergraduate degree from Providence College, magna cum laude. While attending law school, she interned at the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General in the Juvenile Prosecution Unit. Howes attended preparatory school at La Salle Academy in Providence, where she graduated in the top ten of her class.
Howes is an active member of the New England Chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI). She is co-chair of the Attorneys Committee of CAI New England, a member of the Emerging Leader’s Network of CAI New England, and a member of CAI Rhode Island’s Legislative Action Committee. She is a frequent speaker at CAI events and a contributor to Condo Media magazine, for which she writes a monthly column that addresses issues in the Rhode Island condominium community, along with Frank A. Lombardi, a principal and manager of GSL’s RI office.
Howes concentrates on all aspects of Rhode Island condominiums and advises associations and property managers daily on a wide range of issues, including lien enforcement, governance issues, document amendments, FHA discrimination issues, election proceedings, and rule enforcement. Together with Lombardi, she secured a significant victory for condominium associations at the Rhode Island Supreme Court in the case of Twenty Eleven, LLC v. Botelho, in which the Court confirmed that a condominium association has a priority lien capable of extinguishing a first mortgage.