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Robert M. Meisner: Principal Founding Member of Meisner & Associates, P.C., and Author of Condo Living: A Survival Guide to Buying, Owning and Selling a Condominium

Robert M. Meisner: Principal Founding Member of Meisner & Associates, P.C., and Author of Condo Living: A Survival Guide to Buying, Owning and Selling a Condominium

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Robert M. Meisner is Principal Founding Member of Meisner and Associates, P.C and Author of Condo Living.

Robert M. Meisner is Principal Founding Member of Meisner and Associates, P.C and Author of Condo Living.

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Meisner was a co-draftsperson of the 978Michigan Condominium Act and has authoredchanges to the 978 Condo Act, whichwere enacted in 200. He was also the firstlawyer in Michigan—and among the selectfew lawyers in the country—to be inductedinto the College of Community AssociationLawyers, which was established by theCommunity Associations Institute, a nationalorganization devoted to enhanced communityassociation governance operation. He hasalso served as general legal counsel to theUnited Condominium Owners of Michigan,which is a statewide nonprofit organizationdedicated to educating and assistingcondominium associations. And he has beena guest speaker on condominium mattersthroughout the country for organizationssuch as the Community AssociationsInstitute, the Institute of Continuing LegalEducation, the United Condominium Ownersof Michigan, and Northwestern MichiganCollege.Additionally, he has been a real estatecolumnist with the Observer & Eccentricnewspapers for more than 25 years. He alsowrites columns for the
Detroit News 
andhas written two books. His most recent bookis titled
Condo Living: A Survival Guide to Buying, Owning and Selling a Condominium 
.Meisner talked about his inspiration forwriting
Condo Living 
, which MomentumBooks published last year.“Practicing law for 35 years in communityassociation law inspired me to write about,somewhat as a catharsis, some of theissues and concerns which I have observed,together with some solutions to some ofthe problems which I see in condominiumgovernance and operation on a daily basis,”he said. “The book is a layperson’s guideto the do’s and don’ts of buying and/ordeveloping a condominium and operating acondominium association by a director or anofficer of the association.”Meisner said that he always wanted to be alawyer. In fact, law is something of a traditionin his family. His father and uncle wereboth lawyers, and one of his two sons is asecurities lawyer. His other son is a doctorspecializing in gastroenterology. Meisnerearned his law degree from the Universityof Michigan Law School in 969. After lawschool, he worked for a year and a half asa pre-hearing attorney for the MichiganCourt of Appeals. At that time, he carpooledwith an attorney friend who worked for thecondominium section of the Departmentof Commerce. The friend piqued Meisner’sinterest in community association andcondominium law. As a result, Meisner beganworking for Detroit-based real estate andbusiness lawyer Milton Y. Zussman in 97.Zussman’s practice focused on commerciallitigation, real estate, and condominium law.Meisner worked with Zussman for a yearand a half; and in 973, he joined law firmBronberg & Robinson in Southfield, MI. Thefirm concentrated in real estate, corporate,and commercial litigation. Meisner said thathe did some developer-related condominiumwork at the firm.In 976, he formed Meisner & Associatesin Bingham Farms, MI. He said that itis a boutique firm that specializes incommunity association and condominiumlaw, commercial litigation, and contractsand business. The firm, which is comprisedof five attorneys and three legal assistants,provides a variety of services to communityassociations. Some of those servicesinclude the drafting of documents, whichinvolves critiquing the current master deed,bylaws, condominium subdivision plan,articles of incorporation, and preparation ofamendments to those documents if need be;handling litigation matters, which includesforeclosure and collection lawsuits, bylawand rules enforcement lawsuits, constructiondefect lawsuits, and contract disputes; andoperational matters, such as reviewingminutes of board meetings, assistingand attending membership and boardmeetings, advising directors and officers onindemnification and insulation from liability,and conducting operational audits.In addition to running his firm, Meisner is anadjunct professor at Cooley Law School andMichigan State University College of Law. Heteaches condominium law at both schools.“I enjoy the feedback that I get from lawstudents and the ability to keep up withcurrent developments in communityassociation law,” he said.Meisner had the following advice for lawstudents:
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Robert M. Meisner: Principal Founding Member of Meisner & Associates, P.C., and Author of 
Condo Living: A Survival Guide to Buying, Owning and Selling a Condominium 
[By Kenneth Davis]
Robert M. Meisner, who has practiced law for 37 years, decided shortly after law school that community associationlaw would be his specialty area. And by all accounts, he made the right decision. He’s a nationally known expert oncondominium and association living and has a slew of notable accomplishments in that area.

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