David I. Haas practices in the area of real estate law, with particular emphasis on real estate development (including residential, commercial and industrial), joint venture structuring, transactions and financing, planned community and condominium development, structure and creation of condominium, homeowners association and other governance regimes, commercial leases, construction contracts, zoning and land use. His practice also includes real estate loan restructurings, workouts, receiverships, financing and foreclosures.
A member of the Real Property, Trust and Probate Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, he is co-chair of the Section's Common Interest Ownership Committee, the chair of the Planned Residential Development Subcommittee and a member of the Condominium Subcommittee. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Real Property Section.
Mr. Haas served as chief draftsman of the Pennsylvania Uniform Planned Community Act and as a co-draftsman for amendments to the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act.
He is a past president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and a past member of the Chapter's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee.
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, he is a 1979 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a summa cum laude graduate (Phi Beta Kappa) of the University of Pennsylvania.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Chairman, Duane Morris Partner Technology Committee
- Member, Duane Morris Partners Board
- Term Member, Partners Board, 1998-present
- Partner, 1987-present
- Associate, 1979-1987
Honors & Awards
•Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004-2015
•Listed in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009-2010
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Civic and Charitable Activities
•Appointed to Lower Merion Township Transportation Services Area Advisory Committee in connection with City Avenue Rezoning
•Zoning Committee Chairman, Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd Civic Association
•President, Community Associations Institute Delaware Valley Chapter (1985-87)
•Former President, Camp Ramah in the Poconos
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Panel, Duane Morris Roundtable Seminar Program - Pennsylvania Planned Communities and Condominiums in Light of Shaffer Decision - scheduled for April 16, 2010
•Moderator and Panel, Distressed Real Estate, a Duane Morris Real Estate Roundtable Seminar Program, Philadelphia, PA, April 22, 2009
• Developing a Law Firm Web Site, PBI Technology Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 4, 2000
•Lecturer, Homeowner Associations--Myths and Facts, Chester County Board of Commissioners, May 1987
•Faculty Member and Speaker, Pennsylvania Law of Common Interest Ownership Projects' Third Annual Real Estate Institute, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 9, 1999
•Lecturer, The Transition Process: A Developer's Perspective - Avoiding the Pitfalls and Risks, 22nd National Conference of Community Associations Institute, San Diego, CA, April 1987
•Faculty Member and Speaker, Condominiums, Cooperatives and Planned Communities, Second Annual Real Estate Institute, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 1-2, 1998
• Intranets and Extranets: Developing an Online 'Community' for your Law Firm and Its Clients, PBI Technology Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 22, 2001
•Moderator, Inner-City Commercial Development Opportunities and Funding, sponsored by The Urban Development Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 16, 1998
•Instructor, CAI Leadership Training Program on legal matters relating to Condominium and Homeowner Associations
•Course Planner, Co-Author and Lecturer, Developing Common Interest Ownership Projects, Pennsylvania Bar Institute course (Publication No. 1985- 311), Fall 1985
•Faculty Member and Speaker, Condominiums, Cooperatives and Planned Communities, First Annual Real Estate Institute, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, October 22-23, 1997
•Lecturer on Planned Unit Development and Condominium Communities including sessions at National CAI Conferences in Dallas (on financing condominium unit sales), in Chicago (on conflicts of interest representing condominium and homeowners associations) and in San Francisco (on liability and insurance matters relating to condominium and homeowners associations).
•Lecturer, Pennsylvania Uniform Planned Community Act, Pennsylvania Land Title Institute, Pennsylvania Land Title Association's Lehigh Valley Chapter, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, September 1997
•Lecturer, The Development of Condominium and Homeowner Association Projects, Pennsylvania Conference of Township Supervisors, Hershey, Pennsylvania
•Course Planner and Panel Member, The New Uniform Planned Community Act, at various seminars throughout Pennsylvania sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Delaware County Bar Association Real Estate Lawyers, Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties, Home Builders Association of Chester/Delaware Counties, the Chicago Title Insurance Company, and the Pennsylvania Land Title Association, February-April 1997
•Co-lecturer, Receiverships: Creating Opportunity from Adversity, The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management's 1991-92 Real Estate Forecast, Philadelphia, September 1991
•Co-author, Pa. Superior Court Extends Protection of Implied Warranty of Habitability to Subsequent Purchasers of a Newly Constructed Home, Duane Morris Alert, December 11, 2012; republished in Real Estate Law360, Pennsylvania Law360 and Contract Law360, January 15, 2013
•Co-author, Pennsylvania Planned Communities and Condominiums in Light of Shaffer Decision: What Now? Duane Morris Alert, February 12, 2010
• U.S. Treasury Department Permits More Modifications for Securitized Commercial Mortgages, Duane Morris Alert, September 23, 2009
• Buyers in Shared Facilities Need to Ask Questions, Quarterly Real Estate Report, Philadelphia Business Journal, April 25 - May 1, 1983 at pg. 32
•Co-author, outline on Turnover of Control and Continuing Management Concerns for Pennsylvania Bar Institute Course on Condominiums in Pennsylvania (Publication No. 1980-127)
•Co-author, article submitted to Community Associations Institute on the topic of Condominium, Homeowners' Associations and Cooperatives: Similarities and Distinctions
• Governing the Lender-Controlled Community Association in a Foreclosure, The Real Estate Finance Journal, Summer 1993
•Author, articles published in The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Journal on the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act and Unit Property Act, November 1980
•Co-author, Collection of Delinquent Condominium Association Assessments under the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act, Community Associations Law Reporter, May 1983