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Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 65%
    36 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 15%
    36 years, 60 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Sexual Harassment: 10%
    36 years, 70 cases



Contingent (25-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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    I worked for Douglas Sparks for 4 years, and everything I learned about the practice of law I learned from him. Doug is the kind of lawyer that should teach a course in civil litigation. He could write the manual on how to succeed as a Plaintiff's attorney. Using the best practices I learned from him has put me miles ahead of other lawyers, even those with much more experience. Doug is one of the few lawyers who actually reads every word of every legal document exchanged in a lawsuit. He makes no assumptions and methodically makes reference to every pertinent rule and examines every case the defense cites. Before a Defendant serves discovery, Doug already has a shelf full of indexed binders; he is always 3 steps ahead of his opponents. He never, ever gives up; he never for one moment believes he can't find a solution to any legal dilemma. You would be hard pressed to find a lawyer who is smarter, more ingenious, tenacious, harder working, or who cares more about his clients.


    Michael Berler
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • John Philip Kessel

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Doug as co-counsel on a major premises liability case which was successfully concluded without trial. Doug is aggressive and creative and is always several steps ahead of his opponents. No lawyer works harder to discover the witnesses and proof necessary for success in complex personal injury litigation. No lawyer is more devoted to his clients' cause.


    John Kessel Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Sparks & Associates, PLLC

5335 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Suite 440
Washington, DC, 20015-2079


DCActive 197905/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - DCNational Trial Lawyers2014
Super Lawyer -- DCSuper Lawyers2014
Superb RatedAvvo2014
Superb RatedAVVO2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers- DCNational Trial Lawyers2013
Super Lawyer - DCSuper Lawyers2013
Super Lawyer - DCSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - DCNational Trial Lawyers2012
Superb RatedAVVO2012
Client's Choice awardAVVO2012
Superb RatedAVVO2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - DCNational Trial Lawyers2011
Superb RatedAVVO2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - DCNational Trial Lawyers2010
Superb RatedAVVO2009
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - DCNational Trial Lawyers2009
Best of DCWashington City Paper2008
Super Lawyer - DCSuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSparks & Associates, PLLC2010 - Present
PartnerSparks & Silber, LLP2005 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Membership CommitteeChair2008 - 2009
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Education CommitteeMember2005 - 2007
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.Board of Governors2005 - 2012
DC Prisoners' Legal Services ProjectBoard of Directors2003 - 2005
DC Prisoners' Legal Services ProjectChair - Legal Affairs Committee2003 - 2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawN/AN/A1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigating Against Local GovernmentsMunicipal Liability2008
Advanced Deposition TechniquesDeposition Tips2006
Suing The GovernmentMunicipal Liability2005
Presenter: Public Service Award (Colbert King, Pulitzer Prize Winner)Outstanding Public Service2005
Presenter: Public Service Award (Kathy Patterson, DC Council)Outstanding Public Service2004
Premises Liability: Key Tips From Top PractitionersInvestigating and Identifying Defendants2004