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 (Kidsave.org), 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)
Federal and state employment regulation, e., FLSA, FMLA, WARN
Business and real estate transactions
“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)