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Douglas R Sparks

Personal injury Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    55%
    Plaintiff's lead counsel in serious auto accidents, slip and fall, premise liability, inadequate security cases. Successful via settlement or trial in over 95% of cases.

    45 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Brain injury
    15%

    45 years, 40 cases

  3. Sexual harassment
    15%
    Counsel for victims of sexual abuse in schools, ambulances, hotels, apartment and condo buildings

    45 years, 50 cases

  4. Wrongful death
    15%
    Plaintiff's lead counsel in over 60 wrongful death cases. Over 95% success rate via settlement or trial verdict.

    45 years, 60 cases

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Location

Sparks & Associates, PLLC
5335 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Suite 440
Washington, DC, 20015-2079

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personal Injury-Car Accident
Mr. Sparks is the most awsome lawyer you can ever hire!! He was able to settle my personal injury case with ease and set up a structured settlement on my daughters behalf which will accumulate 10,000 extra dollars towrads her settlement portion by the time she is 18. This was at no extra cost to me or my daughter and he handled it perosnally. Doug really cares about his clients by showing compassion and empathy and does everything in his power to get the maximum amount of money for his clients. I would definitely recommend Douglas Sparks to anyone!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer - Car Accident Client
I was rear-ended by a pickup truck and suffered serious back and neck injuries. Unfortunately, the driver that hit me had a relatively low liability insurance policy. But Mr. Sparks got that insurance company to settle for the driver’s maximum limits. Then, he got my insurance company to pay a lot more because I had a much higher underinsured policy coverage limit. I was very happy with the final outcome. My family and I suffered a lot in the accident’s aftermath, and Mr. Sparks stood by me every step of the way. He is an incredibly detailed, skilled and accessible lawyer … and a really good human being too.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Everything you want- professional, trustworthy, knowledgable and KIND
Just speaking with Mr. Sparks will restore your confidence in humanity and what a real attorney should be. THANK YOU!! Mr. Sparks took the time to make our situation a priority, we got emails and phone calls right away, he is available when you need him!! He is extremely professional and takes his role very seriously and can be trusted to the utmost degree. He does not make you feel like you are a hassle for asking questions or that you are just a paycheck like many, many others we spoke to. I would recommend Mr. Sparks to anyone that has even the slightest doubt that they may need representation, there is no one I would want or trust more to have in my corner.
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Posted by Sanaz | May 27, 2015
Best Lawyer- Never Gives up, Thorough, and Truly Cares
Mr. Sparks is by far the best lawyer I have ever met. Lawyers are easy to find, but finding one who is smart, honest, thorough, and truly cares about people is very difficult. Every member of my family has trusted him for over twenty years, and he has never let us down. Mr.Sparks is REAL and passionate about helping others. He was recently selected 2015 "Super Lawyers" five year in a row !
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2015
A One in a Million Lawyer
Doug Sparks is a one in a million lawyer. After my only son died in 2011 because of poor medical care, a well-known lawyer represented my family in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against my son’s doctors and a D.C. hospital. Shortly before trial in 2014, our lawyer withdrew because we wouldn’t settle for an amount my family thought was too low. We became frantic because we were faced with going to trial without a lawyer. When I called Doug Sparks after calling so many lawyers, he was the only one that stepped up and helped after all we had gone through. We will forever be grateful to Doug and you will be too if you call him. Doug fights for you like he's fighting for his own family. He is smart and intelligent. You don't have to think twice about questioning his judgment because he is completely trustworthy. My family will always refer our friends and relatives to him. Thank you for everything Doug. We love you!
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2014
Personal injury case by Doug Sparks
I had a personal injury case that many other lawyers would not even have taken as I had had been given a jaywalking ticket after being struck by a car. Doug Sparks was introduced to me by a friend, also a lawyer, and he took the case and with all its vulnerabilities negotiated a generous settlement with the other party's insurance company. He helped me find appropriate medical care without pushing for anyone. He has a long experience with similar cases and his knowledge of the medical issues was extremely helpful in my case. He followed closely the progress in my recovery and made useful suggestions as to what to discuss with my doctor, what kind of questions to ask etc. I interacted with Doug only by phone and email until the very last stage. I found this to be a very effective way to get things done without having to spend time going to and from his office. He emailed any relevant documents to me immediately when he got them and was very proactive in keeping me informed of developments and requesting information. He often got back to me after hours or even on weekends. I have never worked with personal injury lawyers before, so don't have a point of comparison, but I have been very happy with Doug's knowledge and assistance as well as of course the actual settlement outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2012
Doug helped us get our life back.
Doug Sparks, or “Super Attorney” as I refer to him, has been my trusted lawyer, legal advisor, and friend for over 20 years. I have dealt with several lawyers in my lifetime, and none is better. It is truly rare to find an attorney who is out solely for YOUR best interest. But this is Doug. I have worked with him on three big cases, and we won every time. This man has never let me down. Most recently, I struggled financially, mentally, and emotionally for almost a year because of false felony charges brought by an arrogant and dangerous prosecutor against me and my wife. Doug helped us take back our lives. He spent day and night committed to our case and our overall well-being. He sat with me many times to answer questions at each step. He was always responsive. Doug’s compassion and confidence gave us strength to fight through this nightmare. I was floored by the sheer amount of evidence Doug compiled and analyzed. He had impeccable attention to detail and was more organized than the prosecutor or even the judge. It was truly amazing. In the courtroom, Doug dominated. He is extremely knowledgeable, skillful, and an expert in what he does. It comes natural to him. Our four day trial ended with the judge belittling the prosecutor for bringing the charges in the first place. The case didn’t even go to the jury. In the middle of trial, the judge granted a motion for acquittal. I will forever thank Doug for fighting for my family to be together, for our freedom, and for bringing life back to normal. I 100% recommend Doug Sparks and always have done so. No lawyer is more perseverant or works harder.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2012
"A Light at the end of a Dark Tunnel"
After interviews with many other lawyers, Mr. sparks was the only one that was symphathetic and had the most legal knowledge of the function or should I say the non-function of the Department Of Corrections, in the District of Columbia. He was there for me during the most darkest days of my legal struggles with the District of Columbia Correctional System. He was never reluctant to confront those involved in my case; from the Mayor ,to the City Council, to the Head of Corrections. He worked with me and for me to establish new Laws and bring to focus things that were never put in place that should have been. He helped me to help others so that they would not have to face the challenges and personal pain that I did.. Thru his legal knowlege and help, I was able to see a brighter day ,mentally physically and financially.I thank God every day for sending Mr. Sparks into my life, and for fighting for the Civil Rights of my Son,
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2012
A Stellar Lawyer with an Impeccable Record -- Don't Hesitate.
I met Douglas Sparks at likely the most vulnerable time in my life. I had been assaulted by a man who broke into my building. The building management had been aware of numerous security issues, but hadn't informed the tenants. Doug immediately made me and my family feel confident that we were in good hands, and that, even after a harrowing experience like that one, we could count on him to fight for us and, by extension, the rights of all the tenants in our building. He came prepared, as he always does, and his work, even before we'd met, spoke for itself. Our case was very successful thanks to Doug's hard work and care. His attention to every detail was superb, and he left no corner of the case undiscovered. Through the process of the case, we had so much to manage -- emotionally, mentally, and professionally. Moving forward in a healthy way often seemed impossible. But Doug and his excellent team allowed me to place my focus where it was required -- to the healing process -- instead of the process of the case. Of course, he spent time answering my questions, no matter how trivial. He prepared me for the case, informed me of my options, but didn't burden me with too much information. I recommend Doug without hesitation and with great enthusiasm. He knows the avenues to success and doesn't shy from using them for the good of his clients. He has a directness and savvy that you want on your side. His expertise makes a level playing field out of what often seems like an unfair and drawn-out system. And he is a kind, compassionate person -- which, above all else, is why his clients trust him, and have faith in him, long after their cases are done. Hire Doug Sparks. You'll be happy you did.
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Posted by Norma C. | January 22, 2011
Perseverant to the bones, he does not give up.
I was annoyed with the first lawyer for my automobile accident case. When it looked like the case would go to court, he gave up. Fortunately, he handed me Douglas Sparks’ name and phone number. I am from a modest Latino family, and was afraid that Mr. Sparks would also turn down my case. What a surprise, after meeting Doug I felt confident and welcome. He had a great attitude towards me and explained all the details of the court process. Even though he made no promises of winning, I was convinced he would fight all the way for me. I was impressed by his work and perseverance. Doug actually had an investigator meet me at the scene of the accident at 6:30 a.m. (exact accident time) and video light sequences at the intersection. After going to court all the way through the pre trial, the insurance company finally offered a generous settlement. Doug wouldn’t settle earlier for an amount he thought wasn’t fair. I was impressed by Doug’s intelligence, fast thinking, and attention to every detail. . I always refer friends and family to him when they need a lawyer.
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Posted by Meiko | October 22, 2010
You Need This Lawyer on Your Side!
I feel honored to post this review. After being unfairly terminated from my job in the summer of 2010, a close friend suggested I call Doug. Upon looking him up on the Internet, I learned he was a well-known attorney who had won highly publicized cases. I was intimidated to call, thinking a big-name attorney like Doug would not take a case like mine. After all, I was a little person up against a large system. To my surprise, Doug immediately responded to my first email which briefly described the sequence of events leading to my termination. I have worked with several attorneys as part of my job, but none of them is half as analytical and perceptive, yet warm and approachable. Doug holds himself to tremendously high professional and ethical standards. I found him completely trustworthy: he did exactly what he said he would do - provide savvy analysis and guidance. He was always many steps ahead of me and everyone else involved in my case. I quickly learned to always follow his advice. Never once was he wrong. I am extremely grateful to have met Doug. Not only did I get my job back, I was offered a better position - thanks to him. Along the way, Doug cheered me up and reminded me to have faith in myself. It was an extremely difficult time, and it was indeed comforting and empowering to have Doug on my side.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sparks & Associates, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Sparks & Silber, LLP
  • 2005 - 2010

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • 1979

Associations

  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Membership Committee
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Education Committee
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • Board of Governors
  • 2005 - 2012
  • DC Prisoners' Legal Services Project
  • Board of Directors
  • 2003 - 2005
  • DC Prisoners' Legal Services Project
  • Chair - Legal Affairs Committee
  • 2003 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Superb Rated
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Car Accident Attorney
  • Expertise
  • 2017
  • Superb Rated
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Superb Rated
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Superb Rated
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Superb Rated
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer - DC
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Superb Rated
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer - DC
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Superb Rated
  • AVVO
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - DC
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Superb Rated
  • AVVO
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - DC
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Superb Rated
  • Avvo
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - DC
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Best of DC
  • Washington City Paper
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer - DC
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Litigating Against Local Governments
  • Municipal Liability
  • 2008
  • Advanced Deposition Techniques
  • Deposition Tips
  • 2006
  • Suing The Government
  • Municipal Liability
  • 2005
  • Presenter: Public Service Award (Colbert King, Pulitzer Prize Winner)
  • Outstanding Public Service
  • 2005
  • Presenter: Public Service Award (Kathy Patterson, DC Council)
  • Outstanding Public Service
  • 2004
  • Premises Liability: Key Tips From Top Practitioners
  • Investigating and Identifying Defendants
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Personal injury Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Doug Sparks is one of the most tenacious lawyers I have ever worked with. He is also detailed, methodical, passionate and knowledgeable in the field of injury law. Anyone who hires Doug has one of the best in their corner."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
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Washington Personal injury Lawyer Douglas R Sparks
Douglas R Sparks
Personal injury Attorney
Washington, DC