Meet the Chair: Carl N. Weiner, Esq.

Oct 20, 2015

Carl N. Weiner is the co-chair of the Real Estate Group of the law firm of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin in Lansdale.  He currently serves as chair of the Government & Professional Affairs Committee. Carl previously served multiple terms as the Chair of the Legislative Action Committee and also served as Past President of the Chapter.  He is the recipient of the Robert H. Wise President’s Award.  For over two decades, Carl has handled an enormous array of real estate law matters ranging from zoning and land development to real estate financing and acquisition.  He is widely regarded as one of the area’s leading attorneys in association law, based on his work in the development of over 150 condominium and homeowners’ associations and ongoing representation of numerous associations.  Carl received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and his Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law.

Recently, Jennifer Nevins, President of DW Smith Associates, who serves on the Member Engagement Committee, spoke with Carl about his background and experiences.

Q: What led you to a career in law, specifically real estate law?

A: I actually decided as a young boy that I wanted to be a lawyer. I liked the idea of working with people and problem-solving and I never wavered from that decision. Problem-solving is something I do every day and I find it very rewarding. I actually started out as a litigator but got drafted into the field of real estate law by one of my senior partners during the land development boom in Montgomery County in the 1980s. My litigation background has always helped me advise clients on what it means to go through the litigation process but I found real estate law to be better suited to what I wanted to do as a lawyer. I take a lot of satisfaction in my travels throughout the area seeing the product of my efforts, knowing that I assisted in taking certain developments through the land review process, created certain condominiums or planned communities and that I represent so many communities on an ongoing basis.

Q: What do you find beneficial about being involved with CAI? 

A:  CAI has been a terrific resource for obtaining information related to my association law practice and interacting with legal colleagues and property managers about issues facing associations. I have developed friendships as well as obtained legal insights through CAI. We are very fortunate to have good camaraderie among those of us who practice association law. CAI has also given me an opportunity to give back to my community. My prior involvement on the CAI Board, my past leadership of the Pennsylvania – Delaware Valley Chapter, my ongoing involvement in the Legislative Action Committee as well as other committees of CAI give me an opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of common interest communities throughout Pennsylvania. I have become very aware of the challenges facing common interest communities and I am glad to be able to help contribute to the solution to those challenges.

Q: What is one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?

A:  I love to travel and to take a break from the legal world by experiencing nature’s beauty. I have hiked in numerous national parks, I have gone on safari in Africa and I am currently planning a trip later this year in the Patagonia region of South America straddling Chile and Argentina. Being present in these remote places is a very humbling experience and a reminder that we are small part of a very big and beautiful world.   

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