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Richard Sternberg

Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium, PLLC
  • Real Estate Law, International Law, Probate ...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
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Biography

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
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    International Law
    Human Rights, Imports & Exports
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Fees
  • 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
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Maryland
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Virginia
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4th Circuit
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D.C. Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Principal/CEO
Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium, PLLC
- Current
Managing principal/CEO
Lawyer
Law Offices of Richard S. Sternberg
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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.
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Education
Center for International Legal Studies
Honorary Fellow (2002) | International Business Law
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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"
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Georgetown University
J.D. (1983) | Law
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Honors: cum laude
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University of Pennsylvania
M.A. (1977) | American Political Science
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Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Pi Sigma Alpha, University Television, concurrent B.A.-M.A. in four years.
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University of Pennsylvania
B.A. (1977) | Political Science
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Honors: magna cum laude, honors in major.
Activities: Pi Sigma Alpha, University Television, Combined B.A.-M.A. in 4 years magna cum laude.
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Awards
10.0 Superb
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Hon. Fellow
Center for International Legal Studies, Austria
Best Lawyers in Virginia
Virginia Business Magazine
AV Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar
Member
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District of Columbia Bar
Member
- Current
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Maryland State Bar
Chairman, International Law Committee
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Publications
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,
"Trade"
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
Website
Mr. Sternberg's Web Site
Legal Answers
751 Questions Answered
Q. Is it unusual for a judge to do searches on the internet of the Plaintiff and defendant in cases they hear?
A: It certainly sounds like a breach of judicial ethics. Have you discussed this with your lawyer?
Q. I am concerned about a condo board and the seating of its officers. Should a unit have more than one person on the board
A: I assume you have either studied the Condo bylaws and Declarations and read through all the minutes for violations, or you have at least retained counsel to do that for you. So, what are the relevant sections? What do they say? Do those sections violate Maryland Code? What procedures are required for the elections and appointments to which you refer? What is the basic politics of the community? Could you win it on a vote? Oh, I'm sorry. I guess you thought all condos everywhere in the United States are the same. In that case, the answer is 42.
Q. Our HOA board of directors is attempting to pass a code of conduct document that conflicts with bylaws.
A: The trick is to read the bylaws and declarations, as well as any minutes and correspondence that might be relevant, and to create a game plan based on who the players are and what your rights are. For example, if the bylaws have rules about amending the bylaws, work towards enforcing those. Check actions against the Declarations, because the bylaws cannot reverse the Declarations unless the Declarations are amended and recorded in every single member property. Ultimately, it may be about delay and escalation to the annual homeowners' meeting by asserting things like quorum and other procedural issues. And, in the end, it might be time to overthrow the board after developing a following among the usually passive membership. Crafting the game plan based on a review of the bylaws is a start.
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Contact & Map
Maryland Main Office
6509 Persimmon Tree Road, Suite 100
Potomac, MD 20818
Telephone: (202) 530-0100
Fax: (888) 363-7299
Fairfax Office
10605 Judicial Dr, B7
Fairfax, VA 22030
Telephone: (202) 530-0100
Fax: (888) 363-7299
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