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General business advice in formation and maintenance of small and medium businesses. Clients including restaurants, retailers, tech, B2B, government contracts, and many others.
Extensive litigation experience with assistance and solo in federal district and appellate courts as well as state circuit and district courts in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties, with trials conducted in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland; extensive experience with assistance and solo in federal and state courts in the District of Columbia and Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington Counties with trials conducted in Alexandria and Spotsylvania.
Licensed Title Agent; former Real Estate Broker; Partitions; LLCs; Clearing Title; Closings
Experienced in a wide variety of commercial and residential transactions and disputes, including those listed below. Where an area of practice is underscored, please click on it for more details.
- Commercial Tenant Law, Including Lease Negotiations
- Settlements of Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions
- Contract Disputes
- Foreclosure Workouts
- Real Estate Partition
- Condominium/Homeowner’s Association Disputes
We’ve helped clients through many of the difficulties of running a small business, including landlord issues, collections problems, disputed accounts payable issues, leasing disputes, and employee issues. We’ve watched some of our clients suffer the risks of entrepreneurial ventures, and we’ve helped some make it to the Inc. 50, to major international growth, and to very successful early retirements. Please click on the underscored area for further information.
- General Counsel Services
- Acquisition Opinion Letters
- Employment Contracts
- Restrictive Covenants, including Management Contracts and Agency Agreements
- Commercial Lease Negotiations
- Developing Business Plans
- Introductions to Venture Capital and Banking Services
- Business Formation, including choice of form, small business tax issues, foreign incorporations, and registered agent services
- Merging with, selling, or acquiring another business, including bulk asset transfers as well as stock transfers in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
- Complex Probate Estates
- Drafting of Wills and Trusts
- Estate Planning
- Charitable Bequests
- Drafting of Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts, and Living Wills
- Creation and Management of Conservatorships
- Tracing Property Passed Through Several Generations of Heirs Without Conveyance or Probate
- Caveating (Disputing) and Claiming Against Wills
Chair emeritus, International Law Committee, Business Law Section, MSBA; Hon. Fellow, Center for Int'l Legal Studies; Articles on securing contracts in Third World Trading.
Whether you are exporting goods or importing them, international trade presents certain unique legal problems. It is essential to draft a contract that either the U.S. party or the foreign party can enforce satisfactorily. This is particularly true when dealing with a non-US government or governmental entity, which may resist attempts at collection based on its sovereign status. In addition, currency restrictions may impede transactions, particularly in Africa.
The information provided to me by Mr. Sternberg was concise, useful, and most of all enlightening. Mr. Sternberg’s level of commitment to his clients and his colleagues is unrivaled in the area. He wasted no time whatsoever, kept me informed and was knowledgable in many diverse areas of law. I learn something each time I speak with him.MikkiHighly Recommended
I hired Richard Sternberg in a Landlord/Tenant case.
I had a problem tenant that wouldn’t leave. I was able to speak to him same day which was important so I knew how to proceed. I told him I needed a release form at 2 PM on a Friday and he turned it around within 24 hrs.MarkResponsive and fast turnaround
Richard’s suggestions and recommendations for an estate I am administering was right on the mark. He demonstrated a solid understanding of my issues, and was able to provide advice that was easy to understand. I am extremely pleased with his advice and results.KenCaring, knowledgeable and an overall great attorney
Richard was a huge help and pointed out some important pieces of the contract that we needed to get changed. Good guy to have on your side.ColeTwo thumbs up
Richard was very professional. He took my call right away and directed to the person to help me in my area. I would highly recommend him.ChrisRecommend
My family has used Mr. Sternberg a number of times over the years for non traffic related felony charges. Mr. Sternberg is very knowledgeable in how to most favorably present his clients before the judge to maximize the probability of a favorable outcome, which is why we have kept coming back when we need lawyer.RichDid a Good Job
Richard is very knowledgeable lawyer in several area. He understands my needs and points out many scenarios that I had not thought of before. His professional advice was very helpful when we’re fine toning our premarital agreement which was draft by another lawyer.May W.knowledgeable and professional
Mr. Sternberg responded to my inquiry very quickly and provided thorough, detailed advice. He also asked me questions to consider how the personal factors involved in the case might affect my decision, which helped me see all angles of the issue. Overall, strongly recommend for personal, high quality service and thorough analysis.RinaExcellent and Candid Advice
I really appreciated Richard’s answers to my questions, and the fact that he informed me of the legal principles behind them. His boundaries around where his practice and expertise begin and end was very helpful. He was able to give me some ideas about how to proceed through my very confusing situation.SusanVery Helpful!
I had a number of questions regarding the selling of a property in District occupied with tenants on a month to month lease. Mr Sternberg was able in our hour long consultation to redirect my many questions away from the tangential to what I specifically needed to do. I feel very confident moving forward and would recommend his services to anyone looking for insight to real estate law in DC.PeteExcellent Initial Consultation
Very worthwhile consult. Exceeding my expectations. I contacted him to get legal advice about my options to get out of a 7 year lease and he provided comprehensive and useful information.S. P.Consult
I was concerned that I was going to be used in a scam or money laundering scheme and Richard made it perfectly clear that I was in over my head and should not even consider it.
Thank you so much Richard…..Larry ZRichard is my guy....
Thank you Mr. Sternberg, for your great work! I will definitely close my next deal with you. Your vast knowledge of real estate is remarkable. And if there is such a thing as a 6 star rating on Avo, that’s what I will choose to represent your rating!!FrankReal Estate
I thank Mr. Richard Sternberg for his very prompt reply. For me it is very helpful and reassuring to have an experienced attorney tell me that the way I am considering for solving my problem is the right one. Thanks.MarianoTransfer of financial assets
I contacted Mr. Sternberg on November 12 very late in the evening and received several responses from him one of which was after midnight on the same day I initially contacted him. We met and discussed the matter. He was extremely personable and knowledgeable and provided me with several avenues to explore to resolve the situation. I would hire Mr. Sternberg in the future and would recommend him to anyone without any hesitation.BozidarTenant Issue