Mary-Joy Howes

MJ grew up in Lincoln, RI and earned her J.D. from Roger Williams University. She has over ten years of experience in community association law. She is co-chair of Community Association Institute (CAI) Rhode Island’s Legislative Action Committee and is co-chair of CAI’s New England Attorney’s Committee.


Together with Frank, she secured a significant victory for condominium associations at the Rhode Island Supreme Court in the case of Twenty Eleven, LLC v. Botelho, in which the Court confirmed that a condominium association has a priority assessment super lien, capable of extinguishing a first mortgage.

Like Frank, MJ concentrates on all aspects of Rhode Island condominiums and advises associations and property managers daily on a wide range of issues, including condominium assessment lien enforcement, governance issues, declaration amendments and re-writes, FHA discrimination issues, election proceedings, and rule enforcement. MJ also advises investors on clearing titles to condominium units after foreclosure.

Problems Mary-Joy Can Help Solve

  • Condominium assessment lien enforcement
  • Governance issues
  • Election proceedings
  • Rule enforcement
Our Executive Board hit the “jack-pot” finding Mary-Joy Howes. She is accessible, intelligent, and competent. Our Executive Board has confidence knowing we are receiving current and accurate legal advice necessary to run a successful condo association community.

Rita Finn,
Whitehall Farm Condo Association