Steven L. Sugarman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Berwyn, PA

Steven L. Sugarman & Associates
 | 1273 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312
Phone: 610-889-0700
Fax: 610-993-0498
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (50%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (20%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%)
Attorney Profile

From his main office in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Steven L. Sugarman serves clients in Berwyn and outlying communities in Philadelphia, Lancaster and Allentown as well as in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. As the founder and principal of the firm, Steven L. Sugarman & Associates, he has over 35 years of experience in handling cases in real estate law, condominium and homeowners association law, collection law, commercial litigation and construction litigation. He has been involved in a number of landmark legal decisions related to community associations, and has played a critical role in drafting and helping enact amendments to Pennsylvania’s statutes governing common interest communities.

An active member in the professional field, Mr. Sugarman belongs to the Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations and the Pennsylvania and American Associations for Justice, and is a long-time member of the Chester County Bar Association. He is also a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers and has served as president of the Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and Chairman of Pennsylvania's Legislative Action Committee.

Widely respected in the legal community on both a local and national level, he is qualified to testify as an expert witness on condominium and homeowners association matters in Pennsylvania courts, and developed and teaches the course "Condominium and Homeowners Association Law" as a adjunct professor at Villanova Law School since 2010. As a frequent speaker and writer in real estate law, he has presented numerous educational programs for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and other professional organizations. His publication, "Setting the Standards of Care in Premises Liability Cases," has appeared in the Community Associations Institute's Journal of Community Association Law.

A number of awards and honors have been conferred upon Mr. Sugarman by his peers, recognizing his professionalism and integrity in the legal community. He has garnered the top AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been ranked as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine every year since 2007.  

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas

Real Estate: Business (50%)
Business Litigation (20%)
Construction Litigation: Business (20%)
Land Use/Zoning (10%)

Real Estate (50%): Condominiums & Cooperatives

Business Litigation (20%)

Construction Litigation (20%): Construction Defects

Land Use/Zoning (10%)

Focus Areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives, Construction Defects


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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About Steven Sugarman

Admitted: 1980, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:


  • AV Preeminent Rating – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Community Association Institute’s Robert H. Wise President’s Award, 2004
  • Influential Philadelphia Area Lawyers, Philadelphia Magazine, Nov. 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past and Current Chairman, CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee, Community Associations Institute
  • U.S. Federal Court,1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court,1988
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Villanova Law School, 2010 - Present
  • Member, Chester County Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Past President, Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter, Community Associations Institute
  • Member, Amicus Curiae Committee, College of Community Association Lawyers, 2010 - Present
  • Member, Nominating Committee, College of Community Association Lawyers, 2007 - 2010
  • Inducted, College of Community Association Lawyers, October, 2000
  • Pennsylvania, 1980

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Recent Cases Dealing with Condominiums and Homeowners Associations", Delaware County Bar Association
  • "Transitioning from Developer to Homeowner Control of the Association", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Staying on Top of the Issues In the Over-55 Community Associations”, Community Association Institute
  • "How Community Associations Work from the Perspective of a Community Association Attorney.”, Community Association Institute
  • "Active Adult Housing - the Good, the Bad and the Unbelieveable", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Annual Community Association Law Update: Formation, Governance & Living", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Hot off the Presses: Update on HOA & Condo Law", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Hot Off the Presses: Update on HOA & Condo Law", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Hot Topices and Trends in Condominiums and Homeowner Association", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Buying and Selling Within Condominiums and Planned Communities", Suburban West Realtors Association
  • "Yesterday's Failed Real Estate Development" Reborn - Advice for the Unwary" and "Condos and HOAs101: Conquering the Common Myths and Misconeptions", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Buying and SElling Homes in Condominiums and Planned Communities" Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Sticks and Stones: Dealing with Defamation in the Community Association," Community Associations Institute's Annual Law Seminar
  • "Buying and Selling Homes in Condominiums and Planned Communities," Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Getting Resales Right in the Condominium and Homeowner Association," Suburban West Realtors Association
  • "Condos and the Courts: The Latest Cases and Trends in Community Associations Today," Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Havoc in the Homeowners Association: Dealing with Failed Developments in a Down Economy," Lancaster County Bar Association
  • "The Ins and Outs of 'Over 55' Housing in Community Association," Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Homeowner Associations and Condominium Law: The Essentials," National Constitution Center
  • "Legal Aspects of Condominium Development and Homeowners' Associations," National Business Institute
  • "Collections and Foreclosures: Staying on Top in a Down Economy," Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Handling Serious Delinquencies in the Community Association," Community Associations Institute 
  • "Legally Green: Reconciling Restrictive Covenants with Eco-Friendly Practices in the Community Association."  Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Community Asociations Institute
  • "Dealing with Developer's Liabilities in Condominium and Homeowner Associations," Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
  • "Condominium and Homeowners Associations: Lessons on Liability, Liens & Litigation", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Condos & HOAs from A to Z: Understanding the Basics", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Published Article: Setting the Standard of Care in Premises Liability Cases, published in CAI's Journal of Community Association Law
  • "Assessing the Law of Assessments in Condominium and Homeowner Associations", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "New Issues in Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Conflicts and the Courts", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "How the Uniform Planned Community Act Really Works", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "From the Developer to the Association: Tackling the Transition in the Community Association", Pennsylvania Bar Institute


  • Klein Real Estate v. Ridings at Brookside Condominium, 67 Pa. D.&C. 4th 384, Lehigh Co. 2004 (a condominium association's publication to its members is not defamatory since the association has a "conditional privilege" to communicate with its members)
  • Mayflower Square Condominium Association v. KMALM, Inc., 724 A.2d 389, Pa. Cmwlth. 1999 (requiring unit owner to pay assessments under governing documents and general principles of property law)
  • Metroclub Condominium Association v. 201-59 North Eighth Street Associates, L.P., 47 A.3d 137, Pa. Super. 2012 (challenging the right of a declarant to control parking spaces following the termination of the period of Declarant control of the association)
  • Wrenfield Homeowners Association, Inc. v. DeYoung, 600 A.2d 960, Pa. Super. 1991 (attorneys' fees are fully recoverable as "costs of collection" against a delinquent owner)


Educational Background:

  • Cornell University, B.A., 1976

Industry Groups

  • Community Associations Institute
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Office Location for Steven L. Sugarman

1273 Lancaster Avenue
Berwyn, PA 19312

Phone: 610-889-0700

Fax: 610-993-0498

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Last Updated: 12/18/2017

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