Craig B. Zaller

Craig B. Zaller

Managing Partner
Principal
Location:
Columbia, Maryland
Phone:
410-740-8100 (ext 104)
Fax:
410-740-3183
Email:

Craig is both a principal and the managing partner of Nagle & Zaller. He has spent the majority of his legal career with Nagle & Zaller, representing the interests of community associations throughout Maryland and in the District of Columbia. In addition to his core practice, Craig has also represented clients in the areas of corporate law, contract law, creditor's rights/collections, commercial law and real estate.

Craig is an active member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI). He is a past president of the Chesapeake Region Chapter and continues to lecture and teach frequently. He has written several articles for Common Ground and local CAI chapter newsletters. He has also been a speaker at national and regional conferences and local events on various issues relating to community associations. Craig has also participated in legislative and lobbying efforts undertaken by CAI at the state and national level.

Craig has achieved many victories in the community association field that have defined the state of the law over his twenty year career. He was instrumental in turning the tide of Federal Communications Commission rulings following the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Prior to the case in which Craig prevailed on behalf of his condominium client, the FCC had been ruling in favor of homeowners in virtually every case; but, Craig was successful in persuading the FCC that no condominium owner's satellite dish could extend into the common element area beyond where the owner had exclusive control. The ruling made in Craig's case was the first in what has become a line of cases favoring condominiums who sought to protect their right to control the manner in which satellite dishes are installed and maintained by unit owners. The subsequently developed "cellophane wrap rule" has since been applied consistently to describe the outer limits of the area in which a unit owner has the unfettered right to maintain a satellite dish or other device protected by the federal statute. Craig has seen it all in the field of community association law, having handled some of the most complex cases at the trial and appellate levels, dealing with real estate, restrictive covenant and rule enforcement, construction defect litigation, and a broad range of transactional and operational issues, giving him the knowledge and experience to handle anything in the community association field. He has been commended by colleagues and clients alike for his sharp mind, relentless pursuit of improvements in the law, and zealous advocacy on behalf of his clients.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Law
  • Contract Law
  • Creditor’s Rights/Collections
  • Commercial Law
  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1997

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honors: Traynor Honor Society, Member
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    • B.S. - 1989
    • Major: Finance
  • University of San Diego
    • Master of Business Administration - 1994
    • Major: Management

Published Works

Classes/Seminars

  • Community Covenant & Rules Enforcement, CAI Chesapeake Region, 2012 - 2015
  • Community Covenant & Rules Enforcement, Management Companies, 2000 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Community Association Institute, Member, 1999 - Present
  • Chesapeake Region Chapter, Community Association Institute, Past President

Languages

  • English