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Steven Lloyd Sugarman

Real estate Attorney at Berwyn, PA

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also known as Steve Sugarman, Steven L. Sugarman

  • Licensed for 43 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1980
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With a national reputation only exceeded by his regional stature, Steven L. Sugarman is widely considered the premier practitioner of community association law in Pennsylvania.

Steve was the founding principal of the esteemed community association law firm, Steven L. Sugarman & Associates, and its merger with Gawthrop Greenwood in August 2023 created one of the largest law firms supporting homeowners associations (HOAs), planned communities, condominium associations and cooperatives in Pennsylvania. The merger ensures that Steve’s clients benefit from an expanded array of services and legal disciplines that are of limited availability elsewhere.

A community association law attorney for more than 40 years, Steve has played a critical role in establishing statutory and decisional law governing Pennsylvania’s common interest communities (CICs). As the chair and active member of the Community Association Institute’s (CAI) Legislative Action Committee for many years, Steve drafted and advocated for key amendments to Pennsylvania’s statutes as community associations have evolved into the fastest-growing form of housing. He also serves as an expert witness on community association matters brought before Pennsylvania’s courts and General Assembly.

A member of the prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers since 2000 and a past president of CAI’s regional chapter, Steve is an adjunct professor at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he developed and teaches one of the few law school courses nationwide on Condominium and Homeowner Association Law. He has been awarded Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent peer review rating and has been featured as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” every year since 2007.

Steve’s writings include, “Setting the Standard of Care in Premises Liability Cases,” published in CAI’s Journal of Community Association Law. A frequent lecturer at the local and national levels on real estate and community association matters, Steve has presented numerous programs for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, CAI, National Business Institute, National Constitution Center and other educational organizations. Programs include:

  • Assessing the Law of Assessments in Condominium and Homeowner Associations
  • From the Developer to the Association: Tackling the Transition in the Community Association
  • How the Uniform Planned Community Act Really Works
  • Dealing with Developers’ Liabilities in Condominium and Homeowner Associations
  • New Issues in Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Conflicts and the Courts
  • Condos & HOAs from A to Z: Understanding the Basics
  • Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Lessons on Liabilities, Liens and Litigation

Steve has been involved in a number of landmark legal decisions, including:

  • Eagleview Corporate Center Association v. Citadel Federal Credit Union, 243 A.3d 764 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2020) (a declaration’s restrictive covenant relating to rooftop mechanicals must be clear and free from doubt to support a mandatory injunction).
  • M4 Holdings v. Lake Harmony Estates Property Owners Association, 277 A.3d 1208 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2020) (holding that a series of e-mail communications among board members did not constitute a valid board meeting).
  • Tivoli Condominium Association v. Rodin Parking Partners, LP, 109 A.3d 344 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2015) (declarant’s creation of a garage unit to be established with unassigned parking spaces following the sales of units did not violate the provisions of the UCA).
  • MetroClub Condominium Association v. 201-59 North Eighth Street Associates, L.P., 47 A.3d 137 (Pa. Super. 2012) (challenging the right of a declarant to control parking spaces following the termination of the period of Declarant control of the association).
  • Andrea Kantor v. Wrenfield Homeowners Association, Inc., 2008 WL 9398989 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2008) (association was vested with the authority to convey a portion of its common areas upon the requisite approval of the homeowners under the governing declaration).
  • Wrenfield Homeowners Association, Inc. v. DeYoung, 600 A.2d 960 (Pa. Super. 1991) (attorneys’ fees are fully recoverable as “costs of collection” against a delinquent owner).
  • Mayflower Square Condominium Association v. KMALM, Inc., 724 A.2d 389 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1999) (requiring unit owner to pay assessments under governing documents and general principles of property law).
  • Klein Real Estate v. Ridings at Brookside Condominium, 67 Pa. D.&C. 4th 384 (Lehigh Co. 2004) (a condominium association’s publication to its members is not defamatory since the association has a “conditional privilege” to communicate with its members).

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Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
1273 Lancaster Avenue
Berwyn, PA, 19312
Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
1800 JFK Blvd
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
17 East Gay Street
West Chester, PA, 19381
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Villanova School Of Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Owner
  • Steven L. Sugarman & Associates
  • 1988 - 2023
  • Associate
  • Rubin & Rubin
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Associate
  • Duane Morris & Heckscher
  • 1980 - 1986
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Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Cornell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wrenfield Homeowners Association, Inc. v. DeYoung
  • (attorney's fees are fully recovery as "costs of collection" against a delinquent owner)
  • Mayflower Square Condominium Association v. KMALM, Inc.
  • (requiring unit owner to pay assessments under governing documents and general principles of property law)
  • Klein Real Estate v. Ridings at Brookside Condominium
  • (a condominium association's publication to its members is not defamatory since the association has a "conditional privilege" to communicate with its members)
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Associations

  • College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • CAI-PA/Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, PA Legislative Action Committee
  • Past President/Past Chair
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America®,
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2007-Present
  • 2020
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Influential Philadelphia Area Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2009
  • Robert H. Wise President's Award
  • Community Association Institute
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • CAI's High Rise Conference
  • Collapse of the Condo: Understanding the Rights, Responsibilities and Remedies of the COA Association
  • 2023
  • Virtual Real Estate Institute 2022
  • Conco/HOA Case Law and Legislative Update
  • 2022
  • College of Community Association Lawyers 2022 Law Seminar
  • Case Law Update
  • 2022
  • Virtual Real Estate Institute
  • Annual Condo/HOA Case Law and Legislative Update
  • 2021
  • 42nd Annual Community Association Law Seminar
  • Case Law Update
  • 2021
  • 2021 Spring Managers Symposium
  • Managing the Spread of Sounds, Smoke and Smells in the Community Association
  • 2021
  • Virtual Real Estate Institute 2020
  • Annual Condo/HOA Case Law and Legislative Update
  • 2020
  • Managers Spring Symposium
  • Government Affairs: Understanding the Critical Task of Advocacy
  • 2020
  • Buying and Selling in Condominiums and Homeowners Associations
  • Resales of Existing Homes and the Buyer's Right of Rescission
  • 2020
  • 2020 Midyear Meeting
  • Buying & Living in an Age-Restricted Community Association
  • 2020
  • The CLE Conference Center
  • Resales of Existing Homes and the Buyer's Right of Rescission
  • 2019
  • Managers Spring Symposium
  • You Said What on the Web? Avoiding Liability in the Age of Social Media
  • 2019
  • Condominium and Homeowner Association Law - Emerging Trends and Hot Topics
  • Case Law and Legislative Update
  • 2019
  • 40th Annual Community Association Law Seminar
  • Basics of Community Association Law and Panel of Pundits
  • 2019
  • Philadelphia High Rise Condo Conference
  • Social Media
  • 2018
  • Midyear Meeting
  • Buying & Living in an Age-Restricted Community Association
  • 2018
  • Delaweare County Bar Real Estate Practices Committee
  • Recent Cases Delaing with Condominiums and Homeowners Associations
  • 2018
  • Condominium and Homeowner Association Law - A New Look at the Development and Sale Process
  • Transitioning from Developer to Homeowner Control of the Association
  • 2018
  • College of Community Assoc iation Lawyers - 39th Annual Community Association Law Seminar
  • How Community Associations Work from the Perspective of a Community Association Attorney
  • 2018
  • 22nd Annual Real Estate Institute
  • Annual Condo/HOA Case Law and Legislative Update
  • 2018
  • 2018 Philadelphia High Rise Condo Conference
  • Social Media
  • 2018
  • 2018 Central PA Legal and Legislative Symposium
  • Act 17 of 2018 and ADR Program
  • 2018
  • Legal & Legislative Symposium
  • Legal & Legislative Symposium
  • 2017
  • College of Community Association Lawyers - 38th Annual Community Association Law Seminar
  • Community Associations and Liability Issues in Contracts
  • 2017
  • CAI Trade Show Program
  • Emerging Trends II: Dealing with the Disruptive Owner of the Hostile Environment
  • 2017
  • Annual Real Estate Institute
  • Active Adult Housing - The Good, the Bad and the Unbelievable
  • 2017
  • Annual Real Estate Institute
  • Annual Community Association Law Update: Formation, Governance & Living
  • 2017
  • A Day on Real Estate
  • Hot Off the Presses: Update on HOA & Condo Law
  • 2017
  • 21st Annual Real Estate Institute
  • Annual Community Association Law Update: Formation, Governance & Living and Active Adult Housing - The Good the Bad and the Unbelievable
  • 2017
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Hot Off the Presses: Update on HOA & Condo Law
  • 2016
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Hot Topics and Trends in Condominium and Homeowner Associations
  • 2016
  • Grand Hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Take Flight-Drone on: Dealing with Drones in the Community Association
  • 2016
  • College of Community Associations Lawyers - 37th Annual Community Association Law Seminar
  • Going Green in the Community Association
  • 2016
  • 2016 Legal & Legislative Symposium
  • Recent Legislative and Judicial Developments inthe Community Association Arena
  • 2016
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Yesterday's Failed Real Estate Development Reborn - Advice for the Unwary and Condos and HOAs 101: Conquering the Common Myths and Misconceptions
  • 2015
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Buying and Selling Homes in Condominiums and Planned Communities
  • 2015
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute 18th Annual Real Estate Institute
  • Community Associations in the Courts: The Latest Judicial Decisions and Emerging Trends
  • 2014
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Litigating Condominium & Homeowner Association Cases
  • 2014
  • PBI 18th Annual Real Estate Institute
  • Community Associations in the Courts: The Latest Judicial Decisions and Emerging Trends
  • 2014
  • Community Association Law Seminar
  • Sticks and Stones: Defamation in Community Associations
  • 2014
  • Fixing the Failed Development Project in the Common Interest Community
  • Fixing the Failed Development Project
  • 2013
  • The Latest Cases and Trends in Community Associations Today
  • "Condos and the Courts"
  • 2012
  • Lessons on Liabilities, Liens and LItigation
  • "Condominium & Homeowner Associations"
  • 2012
  • Dealing with Failed Developments in a Down Economy
  • "Havoc in the Homeowners Association"
  • 2012
  • Reconciling Restrictive Covenants with Eco-Friendly Practices in the Community Association
  • "Legally Green"
  • 2011
  • Condos & HOAs from A to Z
  • Understanding the Basics
  • 2010
  • House of Representatives, Urban Affairs Committee
  • Planned Communities in Pennsylvania
  • 2009
  • Dealing with Condominium and Homeowner Associations in a Down Economy
  • Dealing in a Down Economy
  • 2009
  • The Ins and Outs of "Over 55 Housing in Community Associations
  • "Over 55" Housing
  • 2008
  • Lien on Me
  • Dealing with Liens in Condominium and Homeowner Associations
  • 2008
  • New Issues in Condominium and Homeowners Associations
  • Conflicts and the Courts
  • 2007
  • Do the Condo or HOA?
  • Helping the Developer Decide?
  • 2007
  • Getting Resales in Condominium and Homeowners Associations
  • Getting Resales Right
  • 2006
  • Dealing with Developers' Liabilities in Condominium and Homeowner Associations
  • Dealing with Developers
  • 2006
  • Handling a Residential Construction Defect Case
  • Involving the Community Association
  • 2005
  • How the Uniform Planned Community Act Real Works
  • Uniform Planned Community Act
  • 2004
  • From the Developer to the Association
  • Tackling the Transition in the Community Association
  • 2001
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Berwyn Real estate Lawyer Steven Lloyd Sugarman
Steven Lloyd Sugarman
Real estate Attorney
Berwyn, PA
Licensed for 43 years