Our Practices

Niles Barton’s deep experience and a history of success in handling matters for our clients have helped to make us a firm that they rely on and trust. No matter how challenging or difficult the matter, our clients know we will rise to the occasion and do whatever it takes, whenever needed, to protect their interests.

Our Practices

Community Association Law

"Counseling community associations on legal challenges"

Niles Barton’s Community Association law team provides a wide range of services to condominiums, homeowners associations, and residential cooperatives. Our attorneys represented more than 100 condominiums, homeowner associations, and cooperatives in Maryland. Our straightforward approach gives clients the information and guidance they need to address legal challenges that arise.

Our lawyers advise common interest communities: condominium and homeowner associations, developers, contractors and subcontractors in the areas of dispute resolution, construction, litigation, and real estate. We counsel Boards of Directors and work on general legal matters regarding construction defects, contract disputes, covenant and bylaws compliance, collection of delinquent assessments, lien actions, and breach of fiduciary duty defense. Niles Barton Community Association attorneys serve on the Maryland Bar Association’s Legislative Committee and on the Maryland Builders Association Legislative Committee, staying current on laws and trends and advancing multi-family residence issues important to our clients. They also actively participate in the Community Associations Institute and Maryland Building Industry Assocation.

Our team has extensive experience with covenant and rule enforcement, delinquent assessment collection, and construction litigation, along with other practice areas that are integrated into the Community Association practice. Our experience in construction, contracts, taxation, employment, insurance defense, and alternative dispute resolution provide our team with a unique ability to meet client needs related to these and other multifaceted issues.

We offer assistance to our association clients in debt collections through effective methods and modern technology. Our lawyers supervise a team of experienced collection paralegals who work toward collection and resolution of delinquent accounts. Our attorneys and staff utilize the latest technology, including a collection system that offers customization and superior reporting capabilities to provide efficient and timely service, and prompt communication with our clients.

Our attorneys have significant experience helping clients resolve conflicts in and out of the courtroom through litigation, mediation, negotiation and arbitration. We also have a substantial appellate practice to provide appropriate guidance through the appeal process. Niles Barton Community Association attorneys have a vast knowledge of the laws and regulations that govern community associations and strive to provide comprehensive service to association clients.

Niles Barton’s legal services for community associations include:

  • Contract review and negotiations
  • Contract dispute resolution of community issues
  • Debt collection
  • Providing general representation to associations
  • Insurance defense
  • Litigation, mediation and arbitration
  • Compliance
  • Construction defect claims
  • Covenant, bylaws and rule enforcement