Posted on Oct 01, 2007

New Community Association Law FirmAlexandria, VADavid S. Mercer and Lucia Anna (Pia) Trigiani, two of Virginia's leading authorities on common interest ownership community associations, formed the new law firm, MercerTrigiani, on Oct. 1, 2007.Mercer and Trigiani are former partners in the Northern Virginia office of the international law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP.  They currently serve clients at two Virginia locations - 112 South Alfred Street in Alexandria and 16 South Second Street in Richmond.

The five-attorney firm provides corporate, litigation and public policy legal counsel to more than 350 condominium and property owners associations, real estate developers and individual owners located throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Mercer received his bachelor of arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College and is a 1973 graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law.  He served as dean and is a charter member of the College of Community Association Lawyers.  He is past president and currently serves on the board of Lawyers Helping Lawyers, a peer-support organization for members of the legal profession facing substance abuse or mental health issues.

Trigiani, a graduate of Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, received her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1983.  She is a charter member of the College of Community Association Lawyers.  Trigiani currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Board of Health Professions, and Board of the Foundation for Community Association Research.

Both attorneys have held senior leadership positions with the national and local organizations of the Community Associations Institute (CAI).  In 1986, Mercer served as president for CAI national and Trigiani served as president of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of CAI in 2000.

Three attorneys also join MercerTrigiani. Michael L. Zupan and Philip C. Baxa are members of the firm's litigation department.  Zupan, a commercial litigator with 20 years of litigation experience and former partner with international law firm Reed Smith LLP, practices in the Alexandria office.  His litigation practice includes construction, arbitration, real estate, lease disputes, enforcement of property rights and covenants.  He received his law degree from George Mason University in 1985.

Baxa, a former partner of Troutman Sanders, practices in the Richmond office.  His litigation practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditor's rights, construction law and litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.  He also is an active member of the American Arbitration Association and serves as mediator and arbitrator for the organization's commercial and construction panels.  He received his law degree in 1983 from the University of Tennessee. 

Jeremy R. Moss joins the firm as an associate and practices community association law in Alexandria.  He received his law degree in 2007 from the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America.