J. David Ramsey


Additional Location:
New York




David Ramsey concentrates his practice in community association law, having represented community associations in New Jersey for over 35 years. He is chair of the firm’s community association practice group in New Jersey. His experience also includes significant representation of clients in commercial real estate, zoning and planning law. David routinely lectures to, and writes for publication, to other attorneys on a national and state basis as well as presenting programs to board members, managers and other professionals in the community association field. He has and continues to serve in various leadership positions detailed in the “Experience” section. In each of his leadership roles David has been a motivating force in connection with the drafting of legislation critical to the community association world.

David’s representation of community association clients includes long-term representation of some of New Jersey’s largest community associations, such as Rossmoor (3,200 units) and Clearbrook (2,700 units), as well as numerous high-rise communities along New Jersey’s “Gold Coast.” David is considered a “go-to” person by managers, governing boards and other attorneys and professionals involved with community associations. David finds practical solutions to difficult issues to resolve matters that would otherwise embroil association clients in lengthy and expensive litigation. But when litigation is unavoidable his clients seek his common-sense perspective and advice to work through serious disputes.


  • Serves as CAI’s representative to the Joint Editorial Board for Real Estate for the Uniform Law Commissions
  • Past president of the Community Associations Institute National
  • Past president of the Community Associations Institute – New Jersey Chapter
  • Member of the College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Long-term Chair of CAI’s Government and Public Affairs Committee on which he continues to serve
  • Member of CAI’s Federal Legislative Action Committee
  • Member and past Chair of CAI’s New Jersey Legislative Action Committee
  • Worked closely with Senator Robert Gordon on the drafting and implementation of New Jersey legislation adopted in 2017 concerning election of board members, known as the “Radburn Bill.”


  • Received Community Associations Institute’s Distinguished Service Award, May 2017
  • Numerous awards for leadership for both CAI national and the CAI NJ Chapter
  • Member of CAI New Jersey’s Hall of Fame
  • Member of the College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – New Jersey Edition since 2007 and in The Best Lawyers in America© from 2012-2017


  • Member of the New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey

Presentations & Articles

  • Presenter, “Community Associations as Our Brother’s Keeper – New Fair Housing Regulations by HUD” at New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education 2017 program entitled “Community Association Law.”
  • Co-Presenter, “Legislative Update” and the Community Associations Institute – NJ Chapter, Expo, 2017
  • Co-Presenter of CAI-NJ program “What You Need to Know About New Radburn Election Law.”
  • Author, “New Election Requirements: “What They Mean for You and Your Board,” Cooperator Newspaper, New Jersey edition, October 2017
  • Author, “New Board Election Requirements,” Community Trends, September, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “Case Law Update” at Community Associations Institute Law Seminar in Las Vegas, 2017
  • Presenter, “Fair Housing Act, Triggers, Traps and Solutions” seminar for Institute of Continuing Legal Education as part of “2016 Community Association Law Update.”
  • Presenter, “Rules and Regulations in Community Associations” seminar for Institute of Continuing Legal Education as part of “2016 Community Association Law Update.”
  • Co-Presenter, “Who Has The Last Word? Free Speech in Community Associations” national webinar for the Community Associations Institute, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, “Amendments to CC&Rs” national webinar program for Stafford Publications, Inc., 2013
  • Co-Presenter, “Good Lawyering Even When the Going Gets Tough” seminar at CAI National Law Seminar, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, “Condominiums and Common Interest Developments: Legal Considerations,” national webinar for Strafford Publications, Inc., 2012
  • Co-Presenter, “When Owners Get Too Old” program on behalf of the CAI Law Seminar, Palm Springs, California, 2012