Ms. Peacock has devoted her career to fulfilling the legal needs and solving problems for community associations since 2006. She comes from a military family where service, leadership, and problem solving are infused into all aspects of professional and personal life. Molly joined Rees Broome’s Community Association practice in 2015 after a fulfilling time as founder and lead attorney at the Peacock Law Firm.
Examples of outcomes obtained by Molly include the following. These outcomes do not guarantee future results.
Successfully resolving a severe covenants violation situation that had been existing for years prior to Molly’s arrival to this particular community as its counsel; the parties could not agree to terms of a resolution, and so in Fairfax Circuit Court, the association prevailed in its prayers for money damages, injunctive relief and all attorney’s fees;
This judgment was not complied with by the defendant, and so Molly then led the association through post Judgment legal action, the outcome of which led to remediation of all of the covenants violations at issue, a foreclosure of the property, and a full reimbursement of legal fees and money damages to the association from the foreclosure sale.
Working with a client to accomplish a whole-sale change of all violations letters (approximately 500 letters are sent per month, of which are approximately 7 categories of violations letters; this association comprises approximately 850 acres) so that the letters invite compliance in a manner that puts the homeowner and the association on the same team. The tone of the letters went from punitive to collaborative which benefited both the Association and its members.
Prevailing in Loudoun Circuit Court on three of three counts against defendants who damaged Molly’s client’s property.
After approximately 13 months of effort, meetings, drafting, communication with Board members, management, and homeowners, successfully proposing, obtaining requisite votes, and enacting a new set of Bylaws for an association that had outdated, and sometimes erroneous Bylaws.
Observing an aspect of the recorded Bylaws of a DC Condominium client that prevented the condominium from achieving maximum effect in its collections efforts, and indeed in all covenant enforcement efforts; drafting, publicizing, working with the Board, management and community to obtain the required votes to amend the Bylaws, which has resulted in a much improved and more cost effective method of debt collection and rules enforcement for this community.
Please note that past outcomes do not guarantee similar results.
Molly’s approach to the practice of law is: (1) keep clients informed and timely responded to, (2) solve problems in the most effective manner, (3) avoid problems by enabling a good understanding of the situation by the parties involved, (4) if a problem is unavoidable or insisted upon by an adverse entity, prevail decisively.
Another aspect of Molly’s style is to have fun where possible. The practice of law is serious and requires decorum. The gravity of legal and financial issues, and professionalism notwithstanding, it is also possible to enjoy serving the communities that Molly is privileged to represent, and she usually finds a way to do so.
Law clerk, Alexandria Circuit Court, 2002 - 2004
News & Publications
Author of “Parking Space Assignments and Reassignments in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia” (Quorum October 2017)
Author of “Raise Your Hand if You’re Insured, A Primer About Condominium Property Insurance from a Legal Perspective” (2016)
Presenter/Speaker at Condominium Essentials Class in collaboration with WMCCAI and the Alexandria and Arlington Housing Divisions, April 2013
Keynote Speaker at the University of Richmond Law Technology Seminar in 2014
Speaker at the University of Richmond Law Technology Seminar in 2013
Author of a Chapter about Community Associations and Success in Best-Selling Book: Stand Apart; World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Secrets to Help Your Business Stand out from the Crowd to Achieve Ultimate Success
Author of “Brambleton Community Association v. Than: Are Bankruptcy Filers Receiving Bad Advice to Vacate Their Homes?”, published in The Fee Simple, a publication of the Virginia State Bar, May 2010; Molly Peacock litigated that case, lost, appealed to Circuit Court for a trial de novo, and prevailed on the merits and on 100% of requested attorney’s fees
Member (by appointment) of the McLean Planning Committee, from 2013 to the present
Member, District of Columbia Legislative Action Committee of WMCCAI
Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the Fairfax Bar Association (2017-2018)
Member, Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce
Moderator, Speaker at the Annual Law and Technology CLE, Fairfax Courthouse (2015, 2016, 2017)
Fellow at the Fairfax Law Foundation
Board Member of the Tysons Tax Transportation Advisory Board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2013, and invited to stay for another 2-year term in 2015
Selected as one of Virginia’s Super Lawyers in 2018
Recipient in 2014 of the Community Service Award from the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce for work done for the greater McLean community
Presenter/Speaker at the 2014 Community Associations Institute National Annual Conference (speakers are selected by CAI National; not all applicants are selected)