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Donna DiMaggio Berger

Donna DiMaggio Berger

Practice areas:

Contracts & Agreements, Corporate & Incorporation, Government, Real Estate

About Me

I have counseled condominium, cooperative, timeshare, mobile home and homeowner associations throughout Florida since 1992. I have been fortunate to lead various advocacy initiatives working with legislators and other public policy makers on behalf of those who live, serve and work in common interest ownership communities. 

I currently serve on two (2) Florida Bar Committees: the LOMAS Advisory Board and the Media & Communications Law Committee. I am a member of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of the Florida Bar and is also a member of the Community Association Institute (CAI) and the National Association of Professional Women. I was recognized by Broward Lawyers Care for my commitment to pro bono service. I frequently teach seminars and give speeches around the State detailing community association legislative lobbying efforts. I also served on Senator Maria Sachs’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Disaster Preparedness.

I am a proud member of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), a prestigious national organization which acknowledges community association attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the evolution or practice of community association law and who have committed themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of community association law. I have been honored as a member of Florida Trend's Legal Elite, named a Woman Extraordinaire by South Florida Business Leader and honored at the 4th Annual 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County benefiting the Boys and Girls Club.

I author the popular “Condo and HOA Law” blog (www.CondoandHOALawBlog.com) on timely topics and issues of interest for common interest ownership communities. I am one of the Condo Law bloggers for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and I created and manage the Condo and HOA Law & Living Group on LinkedIn. You can find me on Twitter at @CondoandHOALaw.

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Languages Spoken: French, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Real Estate: 25%
  2. Government: 25%
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 25%
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 25%

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Mark Abzug

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    Mark Abzug Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Since joining Rutledge Ecenia, P.A., in January 2011, I have represented Community Advocacy Network (CAN) before the Florida Legislature. I have truly enjoyed working with Donna Berger. Her knowledge of Florida law pertaining to condominiums and homeowners associations never ceases to impress. She represents her clients with passion and has the knowledge to back it up. CAN is the leading community association grassroots organization in Florida, and Donna Berger is a true leader in this area of the law. I would recommend Katzman Garfinkel & Berger to anyone seeking counsel related to community associations.

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    Diana Ferguson Government Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Becker & Poliakoff

1 East Broward Blvd.
Suite 1800
Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33301

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198908/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
100 Outstanding Women of Broward CountyBoys and Girls Club2012
Woman ExtraordinaireSouth Florida Business Leader2010
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerKatzman Garfinkel & Berger2010 - Present
Managing PartnerKatzman Garfinkel2007 - 2010
ShareholderBecker & Poliakoff1991 - 2007

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
The Sun SentinelLife safety codes need more checks2012
CondoManagement MagazineImportant Lessons from the Trayvon Martin Case2012
CondoManagement MagazineAre You Vulnerable to a Frivolous Age Discrimination Lawsuit?2012
The Sun SentinelDonna DiMaggio Berger: FEMA flood decision adds to association woes2012
Florida Community Association JournalMore of the Same for Florida's Associations in 20122012
The Orlando SentinelHOA, condo owners deserve storm insurance protections2012
Florida Community Association JournalPushing Banks Beyond the Safe Harbor Threshold...Where do you stand?2012
The Sun SentinelDonna Berger: Safe harbor condo legislation in Tallahassee ill-advised2012
Florida Community Association JournalThe Two "R"s - How a Bill Really Becomes a Law2012
Community Advocacy NetworkHold on to Your Hats – 2012 Legislative Committees Are Already Underway2012
Florida Community Association JournalHow Much Thought Goes into the Selection of Your Community’s Fining Committee?2011
CondoManagement MagazineKeep Your Documents Up-To-Date and In Line With Your Community's Needs2011
Daily Business ReviewPolicy concerning retroactive regulation gets even cloudier2011
CondoManagement MagazineCan Your Association be Negatively Impacted by E-mail and Social Media2011
CondoManagement MagazineAre Your Association Funds and Property at Risk?2011
CondoManagement MagazineLandmark Cases for Navigating Community Association Governance2011
West Palm Beach HOA ExaminerAn Absence of Checks and Balances Can Create Problems Down the Line2011
Common GroundContacting Counsel2011
Florida Community Association JournalThere is Nothing "Sure" about Insurance2011
Florida Community Association JournalOff to the Races! New Legislative Proporals Already Being Debated in Committees2011
Katzman Garfinkel & BergerMerger of Associations: Rationale and Procedures2011
Katzman Garfinkel & BergerWhen Should Your Board Really Call the Association Attorney?2011
Katzman Garfinkel & BergerWhat are the Traits of a Highly Functioning Board of Directors?2011
CondoManagement MagazinePart 1 of 3 - Managing in Times of Crisis: 2011 Florida Association Management Survey2011
CondoManagement MagazineProtecting & Improving Common-Interest Ownership in Florida2011
Florida Community Association JournalTo Catch a Thief - How Much Security Should Your Community Be Providing2010
The Sun SentinelFire safety retrofit reprieve could save condos millions2010
The Orlando SentinelOutcome of condo bills could affect millions2010
Habitat MagazineHow Co-Op & Condo Boards Can Recognize "The Fraud Triangle"2010
The Inverrary Spirit2010: Only One Goal...Success2010
Florida Community Association JournalAttention Community Associations! In a Redistricting Year, Beware of the Back Burner2010
CondoManagement MagazineFloridians Need to Send a Clear Message to Lawmakers2010
Katzman Garfinkel & BergerService Animal Requests: How to do the Right Thing for the Right Reasons2010
CondoManagement MagazineTips to Survive (And Even Thrive) in the Current Economic Storm2010
Historic City NewsWhat if community associations ceased to exist?2009
Naples Daily NewsCondo Counselor: If you're going to complain about condos, make sure you've lived in one2009
Katzman Garfinkel & BergerAssociation Financial Problems: Pursuing Unresolved Casualty Claims May be the Solution2009
The Sun SentinelFeedback at select committee meeting key to creating better HOA laws2008
Katzman Garfinkel & BergerThe Legislative Process in Florida: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask2007
The Florida Bar JournalThe Reinstatement of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions Extinguished by the Marketable Record Title Act2005
Sun Sentinel Condo and HOA Law BloggerCondo and HOA Law BlogN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
The Leadership ConferenceCultivating New Organization Leaders2012
Collier County President's CouncilLegislative Session Update2012
Board Member Boot Camp - Titusville, FLThe Complexities of Managing a Community Association2012
Board Member Boot Camp - Margate, FLThe Complexities of Managing a Community Association2011
Board Member Boot Camp - Deerfield Beach, FLThe Complexities of Managing a Community Association2011
AtHomeNet Technology ConferenceAHN & CAN Partnership2011
Association Management Leadership ForumTechnology Platforms and its Competitive Advantage2011