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Kenneth A. Sprang is one of the founding partners in Washington International Business Counsel, LLP, a boutique full-service Washington, DC law firm, dedicated to providing business clients outstanding service at reasonable cost. Mr. Sprang counsels and represents both domestic and international clients  regarding a wide range of corporate, business and transactional matters, as well as in labor and employment, employee benefits and real estate issues.  Over the course of his 30 plus year career, Mr. Sprang has practiced with both large and small firms, as well as serving as in house counsel for Fortune 500 companies and as general counsel to smaller companies. 

Mr. Sprang began his career with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a large, multi-national firm.   Subsequently, he served as in house counsel in  the legal departments of Calgon Corporation, a former subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., and Cyclops Corporation, a Fortune 500 specialty steel manufacturer.  Later, Mr. Sprang founded legal departments and served as in-house general counsel for several start-up and other privately-held companies, including a hospital and a web-based company.  Mr. Sprang has also spent several years as a full-time law professor, and continues teaching property law and a labor seminar as an Adjunct Professor at Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Sprang provides clients counsel and representation in corporate governance; negotiation, drafting, and review of contracts, real estate documents, and other instruments; licensing, intellectual property matters; mergers and acquisitions; and federal and state regulatory compliance. He current serves as outside general counsel to several companies both domestic and international.

Mr. Sprang also brings to his clients special expertise in labor and employment law. He represents employers and executives in traditional labor relations matters, as well as in wage and hour, employment discrimination, HR, employee benefits, OSHA, and other issues related to employment.  In addition to representing clients in all aspects of U.S. labor and employment law (including specific state laws), he has served on the senior staff of the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board and taught the subject for many years. He is the author or co-author of several books and articles on labor and employment law and alternative dispute resolution.

Illustrative clients include, a New York construction company, a magazine and online publisher, a manufacturer of isostatic presses, a Tunisian olive oil company, an education company, and a Dutch clothing company. 

Mr. Sprang’s community and pro bono endeavors are focused on children.  Recently ended his term as a  member of the Board of Directors of Kidsave International (, an organization that helps move children in the U.S. and Colombia out of foster care and into adoptive families.  Through Kidsave, in 2006 Mr. Sprang and his wife Carol adopted their now 15 year old son Christopher from Columbia.  In addition, Mr. Sprang serves on the Board of and as General Counsel to Boys to Men International, which provides programs to support adolescent boys in the transition to adulthood.

Areas of Practice

Business and corporate law

Corporate governance and compliance


Labor relations (including collective bargaining and arbitration)

Employment law

Federal and state employment regulation, e., FLSA, FMLA, WARN

Business and real estate transactions

Regulatory compliance


Recent Presentations

“Exculpatory Clauses,” CLE Presentation for National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA (2010)

“Incorporating in the First State:  Successfully Navigating Delaware Corporate Law,” CLE Presentation for National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA (2009)

“Buy Sell Agreements: Planning for the Unforseeable Future,” CLE Presentation for National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA (2009)

“Drafting Complex Indemnification Provisions: Keys To Mitigate Risk,” CLE Presentation for National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA (2009)

“Paid Time Off Policies: Strategies to Prevent Abuse,” CLE Presentation for National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA (2009)

“Drafting Indemnification Provisions in M&A,” CLE Presentation for National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA (2009)

“COBRA Subsidy under ARRA,” Presentation for ASC Technologies of New York, Inc. (2009)

“Contract Drafting: Reps & Warranties, Covenant & Conditions,” CLE Presentation for National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA (2009)

Panel, “Proactively Managing Electronic Discovery: Challenges for Small Law Departments,” ACC 2008 Annual Meeting

Panel, “Demystifying Trade Secrets,” ACC Annual Meeting (2008)

Panel, “A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep:  Things Every Small Law Department General Counsel Needs to Know,” Georgetown Corp. Counsel Institute (2008)




Languages spoken: French, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
    34 years
  2. LLC: 24%
    17 years
  3. Corporate: 24%
    34 years
  4. Employment: 22%
    38 years



Hourly ($300-375/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Contact info

Washington International Business Counsel, LLP

Suite 800
Washington, DC, 20006


DCActive 200507/05/2016
PAAdministrative Suspension197804/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the CoifCase Western Reserve School of Law1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ParnterWashington International Business Counsel, LLP2005 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorCatholic University of America, Columbus School of Law2001 - Present
General CounselPsychiatric Institute of Washington2005 - 2008
Senior CounselNational Labor Relations Board2000 - 2002
Associate ProfessorBarry University School of Law1995 - 2000
Associate ProfessorWidener University School of Law1988 - 1995
AttorneyBogin & Patterson1986 - 1988
Senior Vice-President and General CounselCernitin America1985 - 1986
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Dayton School of Law1983 - 1985
AttorneyCyclops Corporation1981 - 1983
Attorney and Assistant SecretaryMerck & Co., Inc.1980 - 1981
AssociateMorgan, Lewis & Bockius1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
District of Columbia BarMember2005 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor SectionMember, Committee on Development of Law Under NLRA1978 - Present
Association of Corporate CounselMember2006 - 2010
Washington Metropolitan Corporate Counsel AssociationMember, Steering Committee, Employment and Labor Forum2006 - 2010
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2004 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Acquisition of Thai SubsidiarySuccessful Acquisition of Thai subsidiary
Mezzanine FinancingSuccessfully secured financing
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Publication nameTitleDate
AHLA Labor And Employment Law Newsletter“A Charge Nurse By Any Other Name Is . . . A Supervisor”2007
Termination of EmploymentSelected Chapters2000
JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN EMPLOYMENT Therapeutic Justice in the Workplace: The Use of Imago Relationship Therapy in Employment Disputes1999
Missouri Law ReviewAfter-Acquired Evidence: Tonic for an Employer's Cognitive Dissonance1995
American University Law ReviewBeware the Toothless Tiger: A Critique of the Model Employment Termination Act,1994
New York University Review of Law and Social ChangeMuch Ado About Nothing: NLRB Regulation of Union Affiliation Elections1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of MichiganSpeechMA - Masters1973
Ohio State University, ColumbusEducation (English and Speech)BS - Bachelor of Science1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgetown Corporate Counsel Institute“A Mile Wide and An Inch Deep: Things Every Small Law Department General Counsel Needs to Know”2008
ACC Annual Meeting“Demystifying Trade Secrets”2008
ACC Annual Meeting"Proactively Managing Electronic Discovery: Challenges for Small Law Departments"2008
International Conference on Law and PsychologyA New Paradigm: A Psychologically Based Jurisprudence of Labor and Employment Law2003
Transatlantic Labour ConferenceTherapeutic Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law2000
Update on Pennsylvania Labor and Employment Law,Therapeutic Mediation: the Cutting Edge of ADR1999
Law, Science, and Policy InstituteTherapeutic Jurisprudence in Employment Disputes1999