Stephen M. Marcus

USA: Massachusetts

Marcus Errico Emmer Brooks PC
45 Braintree Office Park, Suite #107
Braintree, MA 02184
United States

Tel: (781) 843-5000
Fax: (781) 843-1529

Email: smarcus@meeb.com
Web: www.meeb.com

Stephen is a lawyer in the firm’s Condominium, Homeowners’ Association and Real Estate Development Groups, representing community associations, developers and lenders in a wide-ranging practice that includes: Reviewing, drafting and amending condominium documents; negotiating the terms of condominium association loans; and advising boards on complex rules enforcement, association insurance and other condominium governance issues. Although condominium law represents a large component of his practice, Stephen also works extensively with clients involved in the development of both market-rate and affordable housing.

Recognized locally and nationally for his contributions to the field of condominium and community association law, Stephen is known both for his expansive knowledge and his willingness to share it. A popular lecturer for CAI and CAI-New England and a frequent contributor to various industry publications, Stephen is also consulted frequently by other industry experts and quoted often in industry and general interest publications. Stephen is the former President of the CAI College of Community Association Lawyers, former chair of the national CAI Amicus Committee and 5th recipient of the Don Buck CAI Condominium Lifetime Contribution Award. He is immediate Past President of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation New England Chapter and is a member of its Board of Directors. Stephen also founded Team Intestinal Fortitude with his son Jake-now an attorney in Miami-which has raised $1.1 million in 8 years to help find a cure for Crohn’s with the heart and legs of Jake who has run full marathons in 11 states plus London-his fastest time being 2:35. He likes long walks on the beach with that special someone.

When Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks opened its doors in 1993, condominiums were still a relatively new concept in New England and condominium law in MA was just beginning to emerge as a legal specialty. But the founding partners, who all had small condominium practices of their own, recognized that condominiums were poised to experience the same explosive growth in this part of the country they had already experienced elsewhere. And they anticipated the need for law firms large enough and specialized enough to provide the full range of legal services condominium communities would need.

Although condominium law represents the core of our practice, we have also developed considerable expertise in commercial real estate law and land use and development (including time share and resort communities). Diversifying our practice in this way has broadened the services we can offer and increased our ability to attract attorneys with a wide range of interests and experience to the firm.

But it is for our representation of condominiums and our commitment to the community association industry that our firm is best known and on which our reputation rests today. Commitment — to the industry as well as to our clients —is a cornerstone of our philosophy and crucial to our practice. We recognize that our ability to serve our condominium clients requires active participation in and strong support of the industry that supports them. That principle has guided the firm’s development from the beginning. A shared belief in the growth potential of condominiums was only one of the bonds that brought the founding partners together; equally important was their work to secure passage of the Massachusetts Super Lien law that has done so much to ensure the financial viability of condominiums here – one of many legislative initiatives, nationally as well as regionally, in which members of the firm have had a hand.

Our attorneys interpret the “encouragement” to participate in industry affairs as a mandate. All of the name partners have served at least one term as president of CAI-New England, the regional affiliate of the Community Associations Institute; four are members of CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers; other members of the firm serve regularly on CAINE committees, speak at association-sponsored seminars and educational programs, and otherwise volunteer their time and legal expertise to support CAI and the services it provides condominium managers, trustees and owners.

Business consultants who advise law firms typically emphasize the need to “manage” client expectations. We believe in setting that expectation bar high by returning phone calls as close to immediately as possible; by responding thoughtfully to the questions our clients pose and the problems they ask us to solve; and by making sure the firm’s growth in the future will expand its capacity to serve all of our clients, without weakening the commitment we make or the personal attention we provide to any of them.