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Diaz, O’Connell leave Rees, Broome & Diaz

Ray Diaz and Ed O’Connell, both experienced community association lawyers, have left Vienna-based Rees, Broome & Diaz to join Whiteford Taylor & Preston. The latter firm, with its home base in Baltimore, has over 155 lawyers in five offices throughout Maryland, DC and Virginia.

Both men will staff WTP’s new Northern Virginia office, which will open later this year, according to a statement from Andrew Terrell, head of the firm’s present Virginia office in Alexandria.

Diaz has practiced in Northern Virginia since earning his law degree from Georgetown in 1973; he was one of the pioneers of condominium law and community association work in the metro DC area. He served as president of the Virginia State Bar in 1991-92. He is counsel to WTP.

O’Connell, who received his law degree in 1994 from the Catholic University law school, is a partner with the new firm.