Since joining our firm, Jonathan R. Chappell has worked with approximately 150 community associations, condominium and planned communities, advising about transition to unit owner control; general governance and operational issues; insurance concerns, collections and foreclosures of the priority lien or protection of the lien during mortgage foreclosures or unit owner bankruptcies; determination of whether the association or unit owner is responsible for maintenance; document interpretation and amendment; enforcement procedures; the review, drafting, negotiation of contracts proposed to an association; and closing association loans.
Jonathan presented at the CAI-CT 2018 Legal Symposium (“Everything you Wanted to Know about Mold (claims) and Were Afraid to Ask”). He has authored a number of articles that have been published in the CAI-CT publication Common Interest on issues including construction contracts and how to protect the association and special assessments. He also volunteers as an at-large delegate of the CAI-CT Legislative Action Committee.
He has been retained to advise about “crumbling foundations,” which arises in certain foundations due to the existence of pyrrhotite. Jonathan has advised associations and represents a group interested in creating documents to clarify how an association or owner may be able to receive funding or financing, at below market interest rates, for certain testing and potentially very expensive remediation work.
For approximately ten years prior to his arrival at Feldman, Perlstein & Greene, LLC, his practice involved litigation in a number of areas, and municipal law, which included drafting opinions for municipal officials and departments, writing or revising ordinances, drafting and negotiating contracts, collecting taxes, and enforcing the municipal charter, ordinances, or other regulations. Jonathan was named to the Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of civil litigation (2015).
Jonathan received his undergraduate degree from Quinnipiac University (B.S., 1999), and graduated from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, magna cum laude (2005). While he attended law school, he worked full-time as a law clerk for a well-known litigation firm.
Jonathan resides in Wallingford with his wife, daughter, and twin boys. He is a long-standing volunteer, board member and past president of the local chapter of JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). He frequently presents and consults with families about anti-discrimination laws that protect students who have been diagnosed with type one diabetes. Jonathan is also a current board member of ASRC (Autism Services and Resources of Connecticut). He has been active in the community, including his service on the Charter Revision Commission (charter approved at the 2017 municipal election).