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WAYNE S. HYATT

Wayne Hyatt, retired, co-founded the firm and devoted his practice to working with developers of condominiums, master planned communities, resorts, and clubs throughout the United States and worldwide to create community governance structures and community stewardship organizations and convert club membership programs to equity ownership structures.  A member emeritus of the Georgia, New York, and Texas bars, he received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University.

 

Wayne is a Past President of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and former U.S. Chair of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute.  While actively practicing law, he was also a member of the American Law Institute, the College of Community Association Lawyers, the Community Associations Institute, and ULI – the Urban Land Institute.  He served as a ULI Trustee and as a member of the Community Development Council.

 

He served as an Advisor to the Restatement of the Law (Third) Property: Servitudes and as an Advisor to the Special Committees on a Uniform Condominium Act and a Uniform Planned Community Act of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.  As an adjunct professor, Wayne taught community association law at Emory University School of Law and the University of Georgia Law School and taught negotiations at Vanderbilt University Law School.  From 1978-2008, he was faculty member and faculty chair of various American Law Institute-American Bar Association courses of study on condominium, community association, golf and country club matters, and conservation stewardship organizations.  Wayne founded the annual Community Association Law Seminar and served as faculty member until 1995.  He spoke at numerous conferences and meetings before both professional and lay audiences.

 

Wayne created the Community Association Law Reporter and authored several books about community association law and numerous law review articles related to both community association law and to professionalism. Wayne served as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserves.  He served on Vanderbilt University Law School's Alumni Board and on the University's Board of Trust from 2001-03. 

 

Publications:

(Note: This is an abbreviated list. For further published works, click here.)

 

Books:

 

Co-Author with Susan F. French: Community Association Law: Cases and Materials on Common Interest Communities, Carolina Academic Press, 1998 (1st Ed.), 2008 (2nd Ed.)

Contributing Author:  Developing Active Adult Retirement Communities, ULI, 2001.
Condominium and Homeowner Association Practice:   Community Association Law
, ALI-ABA, 1981 (1st Ed.), 1988 (2nd Ed.), 2000 (3rd Ed.)

Contributing Author:  Communities First!, Community Associations Institute, 1999.

Contributing Author:  Developing Master Planned Communities-2000 and Beyond, ULI, 1998.

Protecting your Assets:  Strategies for Successful Business Operation in a Litigious Society, ULI, 1997.

Contributing Author:  Resort Development Handbook, ULI, 1997.

Contributing Author:  Residential Development Handbook, ULI, 1997.

Condominium and Homeowner Associations:  A Guide to the Development Process, Shepards McGraw-Hill, 1985.


Articles:

 

"A Lawyer's Lament: Law Schools and the Profession of Law," 60 Vanderbilt Law Review 386, 2007.

"Reinvention Redux:  Continuing the Evolution of Master Planned Communities," Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, Spring 2003.

"Common Interest Communities:  Evolution and Reinvention," 31 The John Marshall Law Review 303, 1998.

Co-Author with Jo Anne P. Stubblefield, "The Identity Crisis of Community Associations:  In Search of the Appropriate Analogy," Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, Winter, 1993.

Co-Author with Linda B. Curry, "An Introduction to Condominium Hotels," The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, July 1985.

Co-Author with Linda B. Curry, "Legal Considerations in Commercial Planned Unit Developments," Urban Land, November, 1984.

Co-Author, "Modern Income Community Associations: An Action Manual for Housing Ownership in Urban Neighborhoods, HUD, 1980.

"Managing Risk in Projects with Community Associations," Urban Land, November, 1984.

"Community Associations:  How to Draft Documents that Work," Real Estate Law Journal, Summer, 1978.

Co-Author with Robert C. Eager, "Neighborhood Revival Through Community Associations," Urban Land,  October, 1978. 

Co-Author with James. B. Rhoads, "Concepts of Liability in the Development and Administration of Condominiums and Home Owner Associations," Wake Forest Law Review, Fall, 1976.

"Condominium and Home Owners Associations:  Formation and Development," Emory Law Journal, Fall, 1975.

Professional Activities:

  • Full Member, ULI (1976 - ; Council Counselor, 2003-2004; Trustee, 2001-2004, 2005 - )
  • Vanderbilt Alumni Association (Member, 1994-; Board of Directors, 1994-2002; President-Elect, 1999-2000; President, 2000-2001; Past President, 2001-2002)
  • Member, Anglo-American Real Property Institute (1992 - ; Chair, 2008 - 2009)
  • Founder and editor of the Community Association Law Reporter (1978-)
  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (1987 - ; President, 2004-2005)
  • Vanderbilt University Board of Trust (2001-2003)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law (1983-1985, 1988-2002), University of Georgia School of Law (1998-1999), Vanderbilt University Law School (1998-2001)
  • Advisor for the Restatement of the Law Third Property (Servitudes) (1990-1997)
  • Vanderbilt Law School Alumni Association Board (1986-1994)
  • Chairman of ABA's Committee on Condominiums, Cooperatives and Home Owner Associations (1980-1985)
  • Visiting Adjunct Professor at the California Western School of Law (1983)
  • Chairman of the American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Uniform Condominium Act, Real Property Section (1979-1980)
  • Georgia Association of Condominium Owners (Founder; President, 1973-1976; Director, 1973-1977)

 

 

Peachtree Center Harris Tower
233 Peachtree Street, N.E.,
Suite 1200
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 659-6600
whyatt@hspclegal.com

 

Education

  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1965)
  • Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1968, National Moot Court Team (Chief Justice, Moot Court Board))

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • New York Bar
  • Texas Bar
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Law Institute
  • Anglo-American Real Property Institute
  • College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Community Associations Institute
 Honors:
  • Community Associations Institute 1976 Distinguished Service Award
  • Community Associations Institute 1988 Educator of the Year Award
  • Community Associations Institute 1992 President's Award
  • Vanderbilt University Law School 1996 Distinguished Service Award
  • Community Associations Institute Research Foundation 1999 President's Award
  • Vanderbilt University Law School 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award

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