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Paul T Stein

Paul T Stein

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Family, Litigation

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About Me

The key to being a successful trial lawyer lies in having the insight to determine whether to litigate or negotiate, as well as the skill to assess and adapt to changing dynamics when in the courtroom. I bring to my clients decades of experience representing individuals and businesses in state and federal courts, as well as alternative dispute venues. My strength lies in using my well-honed trial skills to anticipate the human factors presented by judges, juries, witnesses and opposing counsel in court.


I concentrate my practice in the areas of criminal defense, complex contested family law matters and estate litigation. My previous experience as an assistant state’s attorney in the State Attorneys’ Office for Montgomery County (1970-1975), where I prosecuted serious felony matters and managed a trial team, allows me to provide exceptional insight from multiple perspectives when handling clients’ matters.


A life-long student of trial law and advocacy, I also teach, passing on my passion for the courtroom to the next generation of trial lawyers. For nearly 30 years, I have served as an adjunct professor in the Trial Practice Program at American University’s Washington College of Law, and has also taught litigation to paralegals at the University of Maryland. Additionally, I have lectured to bar groups and the community on criminal and family law.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1972

  1. Family: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
  3. Litigation: 20%

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Contact Info

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC

25 West Middle Lane
Rockville, MD, 20850



DCActive 197705/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2016
Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Attorneys in MarylandMaryland Super Lawyers2015
The National Trial LawyersTop 100 Trial Lawyers in Maryland2015
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyer2015
Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2014
Annual Professionalism AwardBar Association of Montgomery County2014
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys In MarylandNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyer2014
Washington DC Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2013
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2013
Board Certified in Civil LawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2012
Board Certified in Criminal LawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2012
Leadership in Law AwardMaryland Daily Record2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in MarylandThe National Trial Lawyers2012
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2012
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in MarylandAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2012
Maryland Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Maryland Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2011
Washington DC Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2011
Maryland Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2010
Washington DC Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2010
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2010
Maryland Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2009
Washington DC Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2009
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2009
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2008
Washington DC Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2008
Maryland Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2008
Board Certified in Civil LawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2007
Maryland Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2007
Board Certified in Criminal LawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2007
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2007
Washington DC Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2007
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2006
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2005
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2004
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2003
Board Certified in Civil LawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2002
Board Certified in Criminal LawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2002
Superior Proficiency in the Art and Science of Trial AdvocacyInternational Academy of Trial Lawyers1977
ListedBar Register of Preeminent LawyersN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding MemberStein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC1976 - Present
Assistant States AttorneyState Attorneys’ Office for Montgomery County1970 - 1975


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Montgomery County, Maryland American Inn of CourtMaster of the Bench2015 - Present
Economic Development Commission for the City of RockvillePast Member1994 - 1995
Hebrew Home of Washington, D.C.Board of Directors, Past Member1991 - 1993
American University, Washington College of Law, Trial Practice ProgramAdjunct Professor1982 - Present
District of Columbia Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyMember1978 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Hearts & Homes for YouthBoard MemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Hebrew Home of Washington, D.C.Finance Committee, Past MemberN/A
Maryland Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Montgomery County, Maryland Bar FoundationBar LeaderN/A
Central Maryland Chapter of the United States Navy LeaguePast PresidentN/A
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyUnauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Past MemberN/A
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyExecutive Committee, Past MemberN/A
Montgomery County Commission on Landlord and Tenant AffairsPast ChairmanN/A
Circuit Court of Montgomery CountyCourt-Appointed MediatorN/A
Attorney Grievance Commission for the State of MarylandPast Inquiry Panel MemberN/A
Maryland Health Claim Arbitration OfficePast Panel-Chair for Medical Malpractice HearingsN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of MarylandN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1968

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Bar Association of Montgomery County CLEFundamentals of Trial Advocacy2015
University of Maryland School of LawIssues related to depositions as part of pre-trial discovery2012
Law School for the PublicState vs. Sheinbein2012