When Ashley Lanier decided to study law, she imagined a career in criminal court. But she actually found her niche in an area she didn’t know existed: community association law.
“Most people don’t realize that community associations and condo associations need counsel and representation,” she says, “but most associations are non-profit corporations with real business concerns. It’s a fascinating field with a lot of variety. We do represent our clients in contested actions, but we’re also there to advise and guide association boards on the front end so they can act in the best interests of the homeowner-members they represent.”
After earning a B.A. from the College of Charleston, Ashley attended the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, graduating in 1999. She landed her first job at a general and civil practice in Ellijay, where she met her future law partner, Kimberly Gaddis. One of the firm’s major clients was a large community association and Ashley quickly discovered that she enjoyed working with the unique issues and challenges it presented, so, about a year later, she happily joined Kimberly at a large Atlanta firm that specialized in representing community associations. In 2009, the pair decided to go out on their own, forming Gaddis and Lanier, with offices in Atlanta and Peachtree City.
“We had some great, fresh, out-of-the-box ideas,” Ashley says, “but those can be hard to implement in a large firm. Private practice has allowed us to operate a little differently and we love it. We’re able to build long-term relationships with clients, to hire attorneys and support staff who share our vision, and to implement a give-back program, which is very important for us. I never imagined practicing this kind of law, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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