Richard Sternberg

Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium, PLLC
  • Real Estate Law, International Law, Probate...
  • DC, Maryland, Virginia
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The Law Offices of Richard S. Sternberg is dedicated to the principle that bigger is not always better. Instead, it rests on a tradition that actually antedates the rise of the “mega-firm”-the solo practice. Emulating a country lawyer in a big-city environment allows Mr. Sternberg to provide more individualized service to his clients, and, at the same time, pursue more collegial relations with other members of the Bar. Since 1984, Mr. Sternberg has dedicated his practice to representing individuals and smaller businesses. For those corporate clients who have larger needs, he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium, PLLC. The larger affiliation allows you to benefit from a close relationship with your lawyer, but it allows easy connection to specific expertise and more economic approaches to handling easier day-to-day matters requiring competence with a lighter hand on the billing rates. If your matter requires multiple areas of practice and a limited practice, such as tax or immigration law, Mr. Sternberg can get you to the lawyers he knows to be the best through MWLC.

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • International Law
  • Probate
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees available in accident cases and, even, some international, real estate, and probate matters.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Even in business matters, ask about the 50/50 program for discounted legal fee rates as low as $150/hour.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
4th Circuit
D.C. Circuit
Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Principal/CEO
Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium, PLLC
- Current
Managing principal/CEO
Law Offices of Richard S. Sternberg
- Current
I've practiced as a solo from the beginning and will until the end. Sometimes, there have been some very talented lawyers around me, as well.
Member, rising to CEO
The Washington Law Group, P.C.
Center for International Legal Studies
Honorary Fellow (2002) | International Business Law
Republished in Kitzbuehel, Luxembourg, NY, and Baltimore
Honors: Honorary Fellow
Activities: Delivered paper: "Securing Investments from Foreign Sovereigns— Protecting Foreign Assets Using U.S. Law"
Georgetown University
J.D. (1983) | Law
Honors: cum laude
University of Pennsylvania
M.A. (1977) | American Political Science
Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Pi Sigma Alpha, University Television, concurrent B.A.-M.A. in four years.
University of Pennsylvania
B.A. (1977) | Political Science
Honors: magna cum laude, honors in major.
Activities: Pi Sigma Alpha, University Television, Combined B.A.-M.A. in 4 years magna cum laude.
10.0 Superb
Hon. Fellow
Center for International Legal Studies, Austria
Best Lawyers in Virginia
Virginia Business Magazine
AV Rating
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar
- Current
District of Columbia Bar
- Current
Maryland State Bar
Chairman, International Law Committee
Articles & Publications
“Securing Investments from Foreign Sovereigns—Protecting Foreign Assets Using U.S. Law.”
Republished in Kitzbuehel, Luxembourg, NY, and Baltimore
“The Jewish Roots of English Property Law.”
The Conveyancer & Property Lawyer, Issue 1 (2016)
Collections 101 for Campaign Professionals
Campaigns and Elections, February, 2007
“Third World Government Contracting.” November-December, 2005.
l.i.n.k, issue 30,
International Business Law Bulletin, March-April, 2003
“Negotiating Commercial Leases.”
Business Properties, 1990
Speaking Engagements
International Commercial Transactions, Continuing Legal Education (MICPEL), Columbia, Maryland
Maryland State Bar Association
Reviewed international commercial transaction issues with a panel of other international law practitioners.
Websites & Blogs
Mr. Sternberg's Web Site
Legal Answers
210 Questions Answered

Q. In any country's legal systems, is there any organ capable to change court decision/type of punishment/length etc?
A: Of course. I'm sure there are many systems and many mechanisms of post-judgment relief in many varied jurisdictions. Just in the U.S., there are chief executives (Governors for state convictions, and the President) with the pardon power; state parole boards, and appellate courts. I need more information to be more helpful.
Q. What are the rules on being charged a full months rent when I'm moving out on the 12th of a month?
A: There are some special rules for active military. Why don't you stop in and talk to a JAG Officer?
Q. my boyfriends mother became incapacitated after a fall a year ago. After the fall the half sister changed the mothers
A: More information is needed. Are you talking about a home owned by the mother, a lease, or a public assistance housing rental? What do the relevant documents say? Does the mother own anything, and, if so, has the Commonwealth taken her assets via the courts in parens patria or was it taken because it is public housing or another public welfare program? In any event, you need to see a lawyer. If you can't afford one, visit Legal Services.
Q. Can you ask what evidence has been brought against you ?
A: You can ask anything. But, before any lawyer can tell you whether the you will be entitled to discovery, the lawyer needs to know much more information than you have provided. And, if the evidence to which you refer might lead to a criminal charge, it would be extraordinarily stupid to publish details about your crime on an open web forum. You might get to read your posting again in front of a jury when the prosecutor obtains it by download or subpoena and uses it as your admission against you. Get thee to a lawyer in your jurisdiction for a private consult!
Q. Hi, My husband and I are currently preparing to build a home on his family's farm. We need a contract made.
A: Assuming you are using a properly licensed and insured general contractor, start with the contract your chosen contractor provides. There are many, many of them, so don't believe any nonsense about form. Then, hire a lawyer to review the agreement before you sign anything or commit to that contractor. If you do this yourself for the first time, you are extremely likely to make some very serious and expensive mistakes. A few hundred dollars on a lawyer review is nothing on the scale involved. Even that will not guarantee that you won't make mistakes or get into problems, but it will give you perspective and may save your project. Important terms include when payments will happen; what standards will be used to evaluate draws; and accurate technical specs. Good luck.
Q. I am looking at purchasing a foreclosed home, with a lien/ judgement on the house, for non property matters. PLS advise
A: I advise you to collect up your questions, information about the target property, information about the seller (whether a short sale, foreclosure, or REO, and when), and sit down for an hour with a licensed lawyer with real estate experience. It is impossible to publish a book on foreclosure purchase experience in an on-line Justia answer.
Q. I'm looking for the legal auth. for a railroad to maintain a bridge for public access to homes for emergency services.
A: And, your anticipation is that some presently active lawyer will have a present sense recollection of the history of that property and the changing responsibilities for that bridge in 1892 and 1932? How quaint. What may be useful is if you follow the model of historical societies like Peerless Rockville and research all of the documents and deeds, recorded or included in state bills, regarding that property. Combine that with a title search and a tax roll search in Arlington to create a history of the bridge. Then, a demand to the railroad might work, but it probably won't. My guess from your recitation is that the state took control of the roadway, so why would the railroad repair it? Once you have determined whose bridge it is and what agreements apply to its maintenance, you can review the agreements and lobby the appropriate authority to fix it. Or, you can petition your legislators to make it a political issue and get the infrastructure fixed. I'm sure that a lawyer might help in that effort, but, unless you find some legal duty and can then prove that the bridge is a nuisance, I don't think the courts can help you.
Q. International student on F1 visa who are not earning and dont have ssn in US, are still obliged to pay child support?
A: Sounds like you are sufficiently naive to be scammed, so do the right thing, and get involved with your child. When it arrives, pay for and have an HLA test to prove that it’s yours. Your support obligation usually begins at birth, which is not before the HLA test. If it is your child, your child support can usually be computed from a chart. And, yes. You have to pay it. It’s your kid. The obligation is enforceable by international treaty in many, many countries. And, yes, you may need to tell your parents that they have a grandchild coming.
Q. How long after 2017-2018 unpaid taxes due can your lien be auctioned My taxes are due 3/1/18. Not sure what to do.
A: Get a tax lawyer, and not one of those shady, dishonest fix-your-debt thieves who advertise on TV, and work out a payment plan with the IRS. The IRS tiger turns into a pussycat when you work out a plan for paying off back taxes. They will often eliminate crippling penalties and just leave the interest charges. But, if you ignore them, they eventually bite.
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