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 rewarding 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 which consist of approximately seven 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, reduced conflict and therefore reduced the need for incurring legal fees in connection with forcing compliance with the covenants and rules.
- Prevailing in Loudoun County Circuit Court on three of three counts against defendants who damaged Molly’s client’s property, and violated that HOA’s covenants in so doing.
- Drafting and helping to enact new, fully restated Bylaws for several condominium and property owners association clients in Virginia and Washington, DC.
- Assisting associations resolve potential hostile environment claims, achieving full compliance with Federal law, fairness to the membership, and swiftness in reaching resolution.
- Assisting associations transition from declarant to association control in a fair, economical, and effective manner.
- Prosecuting and defending litigation of any type involving the community association, including disputes with: the District and/or municipality, the declarant, adverse homeowners, other parties, and debtors.
Molly’s approach to the practice of law is: (1) keep clients informed and timely respond to them; (2) solve problems in the most effective manner; (3) avoid problems by enabling a good understanding of the situation by the parties involved; and (4) if a problem is unavoidable or insisted upon by an adverse entity, prevail decisively.
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.
- Invited to speak at the 2020 Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute’s Conference and Exposition in a seminar about the nexus between Federal law and insurance for Associations, Washington, DC
- Speaker at the 2019 Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute’s Conference and Exposition in a seminar entitled, Securing and Safeguarding Communities, February 2019, Washington, DC
- Speaker at the 2019 National Conference for Community Associations Institute in a seminar entitled, How To Keep Your Legal Fees Down, Property Values Up; May 2019, Orlando, Florida
- Moderator and speaker at the Annual Law and Technology Continuing Legal Education seminar in Fairfax, Virginia, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
- Speaker at the 2014 National Conference of the Community Associations Institute about Xeriscaping in Community Associations
- Keynote speaker at the University of Richmond’s Law Technology Seminar, 2013, 2014
- Speaker at “Condominium Essentials” class in collaboration with WMCCAI and the Alexandria and Arlington Housing Divisions, April 2013
- Law clerk, Alexandria Circuit Court, 2002 - 2004
- BA, College of William and Mary
- JD, University of Richmond School of Law
News & Publications
- Author of “Amending Governing Documents” (Rees Broome Newsletter, November 2018)
- 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” (Rees Broome Newsletter, December 2016)
- Author of a chapter on community associations and success in Stand Apart: World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Secrets to Help Your Business Stand Out from the Crowd to Achieve Ultimate Success, (Dan Kennedy and Jenn Foster, eds), 2014
- 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 of task force assigned by the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute’s Legislative Action Committee to draft new legislation in Washington, DC governing homeowners associations, 2018-the present
- Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the Fairfax Bar Association (2017-2019)
- Member (by appointment) of the McLean Planning Committee, McLean, Virginia
- Member, District of Columbia Legislative Action Committee of WMCCAI, 2015 – present
- Member, Virginia State Bar
- Member, DC Bar
- Recipient in 2014 of the Community Service Award from the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce for work done for the greater McLean community
- Selected as a Virginia “Super Lawyer” in Real Estate Law, 2018, 2019