David S. Mercer

David S. Mercer

  • MercerTrigiani LLP
  • 112 South Alfred Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Direct Line: (703) 837-5007 Fax: (703) 837-5017
  • (703) 837-5000

David S. Mercer has an emphasis on the representation of community associations, real estate developers of common interest ownership community associations, and legislative representation. 


  • University of Richmond, J.D. - 1973, Phi Delta Phi, Past President, Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A. - 1970, Pi Kappa Alpha, Past President 


  • Virginia Supreme Court's Wellness Advisory Committee, Member
  • Virginia Bar Association - Board of Governors, Member and Past President 
  • Virginia Bar Association, past chair, Substance Abuse Committee; Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Community Associations Institute, Member and Past National President
  • Community Association Law Seminar, Faculty
  • Community Associations Institute Professional Management Designation Program, Faculty
  • College of Community Association Lawyers, Charter Member and Past Dean - 2006 and 2007
  • Common Interest Community Board - Member, Condominium Committee
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute
  • Virginia Housing Study Commission's Special Subcommittee, Member 

Publications & Presentations

  • Panelist, Construction Issues in Virginia Common Interest Community
  • Associations - 31st Annual Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar
  • Active in the drafting of the Virginia Condominium Act and amendments to the Condominium Act and the Virginia Property Owners' Association Act
  • Lectures on legislative changes and current judicial decisions affecting the law
  • Lectures on ethical issues involving substance abuse and mental illness affecting attorneys
  • Virginia CLE - Legislative Update for Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar - 2003-2022
  • Instructor and panelist serving on condominium conferences, panels, seminars, adult education real estate courses and continuing legal education programs

Professional Service

  • Community Member, SCORE (Second Chance Offender Rehabilitation Effort) for the United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division

Community Service

  • Rebuilding Together Alexandria, Past Board Member
  • Hampden-Sydney College National Capital Area Alumni Association, Past President
  • The Campagna Center, Past President and Board Member
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers, Board Member and Past President, 2003 and 2004


  • Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law - 2005-2022 editions
  • Virginia Super Lawyers for Real Estate/Eminent Domain 2008-2011, and 2014-2023
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Virginia State Bar - 2013 Traver Award for real estate education
  • 2012 Caron Legal Professional Award for volunteer service in fighting substance abuse in the legal profession
  • Washington, D.C. Best Lawyers - 2009 - 2020
  • Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite in Real Estate/Construction - 2004; Business Law - 2005, Civil Litigation - 2006; and Pro Bono Service - 2007, and 2010-2020
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers - 2009-2020
  • Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly - 2006 Charter Class
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award by Community Associations Institute - 2006
  • Public Advocate Award by Washington Metropolitan Chapter, Community Association Institute - 2005
  • Virginia Law Foundation Fellow - elected Fellow in 2005
  • James R. Treese Award by Virginia Bar Association for work in substance abuse - 1999
  • City of Alexandria's "Housing Heroes" - 2017
  • Virginia Law Foundation Executive Director Award - 2018
  • Alexandria Bar Association - Gerald Bruce Lee Mentor Award in 2018
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Hall of Fame - 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America in Community Association Law - 2022

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Eastern District of Virginia
  • All state courts in Virginia