MercerTrigiani David S. Mercer and Lucia Anna (Pia) Trigiani, two of Virginia's leading authorities on common interest community associations, founded MercerTrigiani.

Their boutique law firm is dedicated to the mission of delivering the highest caliber corporate, litigation and public policy legal counsel to condominium unit owners associations, property owners associations, real estate cooperative proprietary lessee associations, timeshare owners associations, real estate developers and individual owners throughout Virginia. Our Alexandria and Richmond offices

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Fundraising for Capital Area Food Bank 04/16/2021

Fundraising for Capital Area Food Bank

Fundraising for Capital Area Food Bank Please help the Capital Area Food Bank!


Foster Web Marketing

We want to congratulate MercerTrigiani on the launch of their new website. The Virginia firm handles a variety of legal needs for community associations in the state and in Washington, DC.

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MercerTrigiani 04/06/2017


MercerTrigiani is participating in the Legal Food Frenzy, a friendly competition among the Virginia legal community to raise food and funds for Virginia food banks. Your support goes a LONG way - for every $10 raised, the Capital Area Food Bank can provide 25 meals to local children, families and seniors who are food insecure. Please take a minute to support this great cause. Also, donations are tax deductible! Virginians are considered “food insecure.” In response to this urgent need, the Office of the Attorney General, The Young Lawyers Division of The Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks joined efforts in 2007 to create the Statewide Legal Food Frenzy—a food and fund driv...


Community Associations Institute

Congratulations to our members at MercerTrigiani: Pia Trigiani, now President of Virginia Law Foundation, and David Mercer, 129th president of The Virginia Bar Association.


The attorneys and staff at MercerTrigiani filled the entire van for The Salvation Army Angel Tree program with bikes and toys and warm clothing for area families.


MercerTrigiani, past and present, enjoys a night at the ballgame.


David Mercer, Pia Trigiani, Janie Rhoads and Stuart Landin accept the award presented for MercerTrigiani's participation in the VBA Legal Food Frenzy to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. 05/05/2015

MercerTrigiani - News Releases

MercerTrigiani proudly welcomes Stuart Landin Harms as an associate. She received her law degree in 2011 from the University of Richmond School of Law and most recently worked as law clerk for the former Honorable R. Terrence Ney. To learn more about our new associate visit Some articles above are in a PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader to view them. Please click here to download the application.


MercerTrigiani 07/23/2013

Mercer, Trigiani are guiding voices in homeowner association law

David and Pia are featured in the July 22 issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Metro Business. The cover story, "Power houses - David Mercer and Pia Trigiani shape real estate law," discusses their experiences and expertise with common interest community law.

Read the article here: People who buy into homeowner associations give up some rights.


A Richmond Times-Dispatch photographer shoots pics of David and Pia at the Virginia State Capitol for an upcoming feature article. The cover story about their community association practice will appear in Metro Business on Monday, July 22.


Pia Trigiani was recently inducted as a member of the 2013 Class of Fellows of the Virginia Law Foundation. Induction as a Fellow is conferred by the VLF Board on selected Virginia attorneys, law professors, and retired members of the judiciary who are deemed to be outstanding in their profession and in their community.


Virginia Business magazine's February issue named MercerTrigiani as a “2013 Best Work Place” in the small business category. This is the second consecutive year the firm has earned this award. 01/14/2013

VBA Journal - WIN 2012

The Winter 2013 issue of the VBA Journal features major articles on David Mercer and Pia Trigiani. David discusses Lawyers Helping Lawyers, Virginia's confidential counseling program for attorneys experiencing substance abuse (pages 27- 30). As one of three women who served as president of the VA Bar Association, Pia is interviewed for "Women in the Law" (pages 22-26). Pia also appears on the cover of the legal magazine. Read articles at The VBA Journal is the official publication of The Virginia Bar Association.


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David and Pia's hand-painted portraits are displayed on the dining room wall of The Palm keeping company with the images of Jerry Seinfeld, Tiger Woods, Larry King, Chuck Robb and Mark Warner


In celebration of MT's five-year anniversary, David and Pia were invited to have their caricatures placed on the celebrity laden walls of The Palm at Tyson's Corner. The acclaimed restaurant features caricatures of national and regional entertainment, sports, media and political luminaries as well as business leaders and professionals.

[10/09/12]   October 4 was a night to remember! MercerTrigiani celebrated their five-year anniversary with a reception, dinner, speeches and slide show at The Palm in McLean, VA. Photos to follow.


The Caron Foundation will present David Mercer with the Legal Professional Award for his outstanding legal contributions in combating the fight against chemical dependency through prevention, education or due process of the law. On Oct 26, the Foundation will recognize his volunteer work on behalf of Lawyers Helping Lawyers and the SCORE program of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Virginia.


Join our next Breakfast Briefs set for Tuesday, September 11 on "Amending Your Governing Documents." Tell us your "wackiest” amendment story in the message section of “Send Your Response” for a chance to win a prize during the September seminar. To register, visit


Virginia Super Lawyers named Jeremy Moss a 2012 Virginia Rising Star. He joins a list of outstanding young lawyers who have demonstrated excellence in practice for 10 years or less. Read more at


Everyone headed to the Chesapeake Bay on Sunday for the annual MercerTrigiani Crab Feast. Waterfront views, giant crabs, frosty drinks and MT logo flip flops - perfect way to welcome summer.

Mike Zupan shows off two tasty crabs before demonstrating the art of cracking crabs! His son, Matt and Jeremy Moss are already indulging.


David Mercer, Jack Burtch-LHL president, Pat Hassard-marketing consultant, Barbara Williams-LHL president-elect and Brian Bartusiak-video producer attended the 65th Virginia Public Relations Awards. The group accepted an award for the video, "Lawyers Helping Lawyers - Confidential Road to Recovery." The video, the brainchild of David Mercer, a former LHL board member and past president, discusses attorneys and substance abuse. LHL board members present the video as part of CLE seminars to Virginia law firms, law schools, bar associations, judicial groups and treatment facilities.


On Sat, Apr 28 our attorneys, staff and family members grabbed hammers, saws and paint brushes to participate in Rebuilding Together Alexandria, the local project of National Rebuilding Day. The project involves more than 50 homes throughout Alexandria,
VA. Our team spent the day painting walls, making plumbing repairs, installing lighting, performing minor electrical upgrades, and sprucing up landscaping. (Photo courtesy of Jeanne Theismann)


MercerTrigiani's cover photo


Pia Trigiani concluded her successful tenure as 2011 president of the Virginia Bar Association by serving as Mistress of Ceremonies during the VBA's winter meeting and formal dinner on Jan 20. The third woman in Virginia history to serve as VBA president, Pia did an outstanding job in elevating the image and mission of the VBA and addressing the critical issue of judicial vacancies within the Commonwealth. She passes the gavel to 2012 president, Hugh Fain.

[01/06/12]   David Mercer tells a riveting story about his experience with substance abuse and discusses the mission of Lawyers Helping Lawyers on "Virginia Currents." His interview is rebroadcasted on public television stations in Richmond (WCVE-TV23) and Charlottesville (WHTJ-TV41) on Saturday, January 7 at 5:30pm.

[12/13/11]   This year attorneys and staff collected bags of toys and clothes when the firm "adopted" 30 children as part of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree project. 11/19/2011

Bar association president leading a successful practice in community law

Pia is featured in today's issue of Work It, Richmond, a daily online publication that focuses on local and national business news. The lead article is titled, "Building a law practice around community associations." Read at Pia Trigiani arrived at the University of Richmond expecting to become a trial lawyer and then return to Southwest Virginia. Now, 30 years later, she's become a leading expert in community-association law.



David Mercer was the interview subject for WCVE-TV 23's "Virginia Currents" on Thursday, Nov 17 at 8pm. The public affairs report includes clips from "Confidential Road to Recovery: Helping Attorneys with Alcoholism, Addiction and Mental Health Issues," the LHL video produced by MercerTrigiani.

The program rebroadcasts in Richmond/Charlottesville on Saturday, Nov 19 at 5:30pm AND Sunday, Nov 20 at 12:30pm. In NoVa/DC the program airs on MHz1 (WNVC 30.1) on Saturday, Nov 26 at 7:30pm.


[11/19/11]   This month MT attorneys are garnering industry recognition. Michele Adams was elected to the Central Virginia Chapter Board of the Community Associations Institute. Jeremy Moss was named "Educator of the Year" by the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute.


Last night the Italian American Business and Professional Societa presented Pia Trigiani with an award for her leadership in Richmond's legal community. Pia joined nine other distinguished Richmonders of Italian descent named to the Societa's 2011 Hall of Fame, including former Viet Nam POW, Paul Galanti and RTD publisher Thomas Silvestri.




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