Community Association Law — New Jersey

Come see us at the CAI Expo on Oct. 21

AGA’s Community Association Practice Group will be exhibiting at the New Jersey Community Associations 2021 Annual Conference & Expo on October 21st, 2021.

The 2021 CAI Conference & Expo will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Event Center @ iPlay America located at 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ.

CAI’s Annual Conference & Expo provides learning and networking opportunities for homeowners, managers and business partners. Registration is free for all homeowners and community association managers and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch, educational programs, and multiple chances to win $1,000 during the show (must be present to win).

When you are at the expo, please visit us at Booth #823. You can also contact David J. Byrne, Esq., if you wish to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys while you are at the conference. Mr. Byrne can be reached at or by calling 609-751-5551.

Byrne set to speak at Webinar

David J. Byrne Esq., Chair of Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Community Association Law Group, will be a featured presenter at the Community Associations Institute of New Jersey’s Wednesday, August 18th, Webinar.  CAI’s Webinar one-hour Webinar will begin at noon. Mr. Byrne’s presentation will focus on the rights of, and strategies available to, community associations facing demands for accommodations, emotional support and service animals.

Registration is free and currently open for all CAI-NJ members via the CAI-NJ website. Community association managers will receive 1 CEU credit for attending.

Ansell Grimm & Aaron Welcomes Attorney Craig D. Gottilla

Real estate and insurance attorney joins New Jersey practice to focus on community association law

OCEAN, N.J. (March 2020)Ansell Grimm & Aaron is pleased to announce that attorney Craig D. Gottilla has joined the firm as a partner in its Community Association Practice Group. Based out of the firm’s Princeton, New Jersey office, Gottilla focuses his practice on representing condominiums, community associations, cooperatives and homeowners’ associations.

Gottilla counsels community associations on a wide range of legal matters, including collections, construction defect litigation, delinquent assessments and common charges, the drafting and negotiation of service contracts, fair housing compliance, governance, municipal services and relations, restrictive covenant enforcement and interpretation, rules and regulations, transition negotiations with developers and/or sponsors, and the fiduciary duties of board members.


Byrne shares knowledge of HOA lien foreclosure process

The foreclosure of a condominium and/or homeowners’ association lien is unique and multi-faceted process. While there are some similarities, there are many, many differences between a lien foreclosure and a residential mortgage foreclosure. Attorneys unfamiliar with those differences, and with the overall lien foreclosure process, can do a great disservice to their condominium and association clients. In the April issue of , Ansell Grimm & Aaron Partner, and Chair of the firm’s Community Association Law practice area, David J. Byrne, Esq., called on his more than two decades of experience in the field to detail some of the unique aspects of the lien foreclosure process, as well compare that process with that of a residential mortgage foreclosure process.

Wiechnik wins $2M verdict for Falcon Ridge

The Superior Court of New Jersey recently entered a $2M, verdict against Silver Fox, LLC, and in favor of Falcon Ridge Condominium Association, Inc. Falcon Ridge is a 27 building condominium situated in Hamburg New Jersey. Silver Fox, LLC, is the successor sponsor and developer of Falcon Ridge.

Falcon Ridge originally filed suit in December 2011, asserting a variety of claims, including negligence, breach of warranty and breach of implied warranty. Falcon Ridge’s expert, Mitchell Frumkin of KIPCON, Inc., estimated that Silver Fox’s negligence and breach of warranty caused $1,782,000.00, worth of damage to Falcon Ridge’s owners and residents. The parties attempted mediation, but the matter was not able to be settled amicably.

After a two-week, non-jury, trial, the Honorable Frank J. Deangelis ruled that Silver Fox had negligently constructed common elements. He ruled further that Silver Fox breached both implied and express warranties, in regards to Falcon Ridge’s buildings.

Mark Wiechnik, Chair of Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Community Association Law Group’s Construction Defect Practice, oversaw the litigation since its onset, and personally represented Falcon Ridge at trial.

For questions concerning construction defects or any other litigation matters, please contact Mark Wiechnik, Esq. by email at

Linderman selected as Author of the Year by NJ CAI

CAI honoree

Rich Linderman (center) was honored at NJ CAI’s Annual Awards Dinner as both author of the year and for his work on the revamping the organization’s magazine Community Trends, as part of the Editorial Committee.


We are pleased to recognize that Richard B. Linderman, a partner in the Community Association Practice group for being honored as the Author of the Year by the New Jersey Chapter of Community Associations Institute at its Annual Awards Dinner on Feb. 17 at the Palace at Somerset Park.

Richard’s article for the December 2016 issue of CAI’s Community Trends magazine, “The Changing Shape of Our Neighborhoods” took a look at how the communities we build shape our lives and how they are shaping communities today. In addition to the individual honor, Richard is a member of the organization’s Editorial Committee, selected as Committee of the Year by NJ-CAI’s membership, after relaunching and improving Community Trends.

Along with Richard the committee members were, Robert Arnone, Mary Barrett, Joe Chorba, Dan Fusco, Bill Harvey, Melissa Lathrop, Angela Morisco, Kari Valentine and Committee Chairman Robert Roop of Lockatong Engineering, Rosemont. Congratulations to the Editorial Committee on your achievement and award!


Alternative Dispute Resolution seminar offered

Richard B. Linderman, Esq. will provide an overview of the Alternative Dispute Resolution process at Community Associations Institute’s Feb. 3 seminar at The Glen at Masons Creek, Hainesport, NJ. Alternative Dispute Resolution is required for community associations in New Jersey, and this program will provide an overview of what mediation is and how it is generally run.

Community managers will receive 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for participation in the seminar which runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is preceded by a continental breakfast and registration period from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Please note, to receive the continuing education credits managers must register for the program from their individual member profile. Registration for the seminar is available online at CAI’s website.