(Bethesda, MD) Jeffrey Van Grack, an attorney with Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. in Bethesda, has been elected to serve as dean of the national College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) in 2011 and '12. Van Grack founded and co-chairs Lerch, Early & Brewer’s community association practice and is an active member of Community Associations Institute (CAI). Of the thousands of attorneys practicing community association law in the United States, fewer than 150 have been granted membership in the College. Established in 1993 by the CAI Board of Trustees, CCAL consists of a select group of attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the field of community association law. CCAL members also are recognized for committing themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of association law.
Admitted to CCAL in 1996, Van Grack is a member of the Board of Governors and chair of the group’s Admissions Committee. He is a past president of CAI’s Washington Metropolitan chapter, the largest of the institute’s 59 state and regional chapters. He speaks regularly on community association issues at national and chapter conferences. Van Grack has done extensive litigation and appellate work in the field of community association law. He was appointed by the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council in 1988 to study community associations, served on the Montgomery County Task Force on Community Associations and chaired its Dispute Resolution Committee. He successfully completed the 40-hour mediation training program through the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, and has been appointed to serve as a mediator by the Circuit Court of Montgomery County.
Van Grack was born in Washington, D.C., in 1953 and has resided in Montgomery County since 1956. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland in 1975 and a J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore in 1978. Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. is a full-service law firm dedicated to helping clients solve problems and succeed. The Bethesda-based group of attorneys celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The firm has a diverse group of practice areas, serving businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The firm’s clients includes national and regional real estate developers, businesses of all sizes and types, lending institutions, health care facilities and practitioners, municipalities, educational and religious institutions, community associations and individuals. Visit http://www.lerchearly.com/ for more information.