Ellen Shapiro Named to National Business Partners Council for Community Associations Institute

Ellen Shapiro Named to National Business Partners Council for Community Associations Institute

DEDHAM, MA (PRWEB) December 21, 2015

Ellen Shapiro, Esq., a principal and co-founder of Goodman, Shapiro and Lombardi, LLC (GSL), has been elected to serve on the Community Associations Institute (CAI) National Business Partners Council. Her two-year term begins January 1, 2016. The council is one of CAI’s most senior advisory boards, made up of 12 members who provide input on policy matters to the Community Associations Institute’s Board of Trustees. The council also makes recommendations on educational curriculum, designations and industry best practices. It is also a voice for the CAI CEO and staff on policy matters that affect the governance of condominium and homeowner associations.

CAI is an international organization that works in partnership with 60 chapters numbering more than 33,500 members worldwide. The organization is dedicated to building better communities, inspiring professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship. Shapiro brings the council nearly 25 years’ experience in practicing community association law in New England. She has been a former two-time member of CAI New England Chapter’s (CAINE) Board of Directors, a past co-chair of CAINE’s Attorneys’ Committee, a past president of CAINE, serves on the Board of Directors of Condo Media, (the official publication of CAINE) and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA).

Shapiro began her legal career as a prosecutor for the Norfolk (MA) County District Attorney’s office. She currently oversees the statutory lien enforcement process in MA for collecting delinquent fees from condo and homeowner association unit owners who are in default. Shapiro also is certified in Mediation and Condominium Dispute Resolution for CAI’s New England chapter.

About Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi
GSL is highly regarded as an industry leader in condominium law. With offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, GSL currently provides comprehensive legal assistance to an estimated 800 associations, businesses, and individuals since its founding in 1998. GSL’s primary focus is condominium law; however, related services extend to residential and commercial real estate and civil litigation. GSL is differentiated from other condominium legal practitioners in New England by its distinguished leadership team. The firm’s three principals—Henry A. Goodman, Ellen A. Shapiro, and Frank A. Lombardi—have a combined industry experience of more than 75 years.

About Community Associations Institute
CAI is the only organization dedicated to community associations. It is an international organization with more than 33,500 members. CAI works in partnership with 60 chapters, including a chapter in South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. CAI provides information, education and resources to the homeowner volunteers who govern communities and the professionals who support them. CAI members include association board members and other homeowner leaders, community managers, association management firms, attorneys and other professionals who provide products and services to associations.

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Watch in Studio Video – GSL on Real Estate Radio Boston – 11-21-15

  • Featured in the video are GSL Principals Ellen Shapiro and Henry Goodman during their most recent WBZ Real Estate Radio Boston segment in which the two discuss the difficult role association board members take on when they “volunteer.” In this segment, Ellen and Henry will discuss some of the real problems board members deal with every day from fellow unit owners when trying to make decisions in the best interest of the association. Don’t miss this week’s discussion on the potential pitfalls condo associations and boards face with these complex and potentially costly issues.

    GSL appears frequently as expert contributors on WBZ’s Real Estate Radio Boston with hosts Rick Scherer & Ali Alavi.Hear GSL’s point of view in this segment of Real Estate Radio Boston!

  • For information about our future airings, please stay tuned for updates via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

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GSL Decision Alert!


GSL Decision ALERT!

GSL Protects the Association’s Super Priority Lien in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Supreme Court released its opinion today in the much anticipated case of Twenty Eleven, LLC vs. Botelho. The question before the Court was whether or not a condominium lien foreclosure sale on the association’s super priority lien, conducted pursuant to the Rhode Island Condominium Act, Section 36.1 et seq., extinguished a first mortgage on the unit, when the mortgagee failed to exercise the statutory right of redemption.

Goodman, Shapiro, & Lombardi, LLC represented the Plaintiff, Twenty Eleven LLC, who purchased the condominium unit at the association’s foreclosure sale of its super priority lien, which the mortgagee had failed to pay prior to foreclosure. After foreclosure, the mortgagee also failed to redeem the unit after sale and the condominium association gave a foreclosure deed to Plaintiff. In so doing, Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC was hoping to protect the “Super Lien” enjoyed by Associations. We were successful!

The facts of the case are briefly stated as follows. After the foreclosure sale, the mortgagee attempted to foreclose on the unit. GSL filed a complaint to quiet title in Superior Court, arguing that the mortgage was extinguished by virtue of the foreclosure of the association’s super priority lien, and that the mortgagee had failed to redeem the unit. The Superior Court dismissed the complaint and held that the super priority lien was not a true priority lien capable of extinguishing a first mortgage, and that the Plaintiff did not hold title free and clear of the mortgage. GSL Attorneys Frank A. Lombardi and Mary-Joy Howes appealed the case to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Marking a huge victory for condominium associations in Rhode Island, the opinion, released today, reversed the Superior Court decision. The Rhode Island Supreme Court held, “[A]t best, the right of redemption creates a conditional foreclosure: foreclosure of the super-priority lien extinguishes the first mortgage (and any other junior liens on the unit) unless the first mortgage redeems within the statutory period. Here, defendant did not redeem and, as such, relinquished its last chance to save its security interest in the property.”

This victory follows the recent decisions in Nevada and the District of Columbia, (in which members of Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC also filed successful Amicus Curiae (friend of the Court) briefs which have also held that the association’s lien is a true priority lien that is capable of extinguishing a first mortgage by foreclosure.

If you have questions please direct them to Frank Lombardi at lombardi@goshlaw.com, Ellen Shapiro at shapiro@goshlaw.com, Henry Goodman at goodman@goshlaw.com or Mary-Joy Howes at howes@goshlaw.com.

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