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Richard S Sternberg

Real estate Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   74 reviews
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  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 33 years
    Maryland - MD 38 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 40 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. International law
    20%
    Chair emeritus, International Law Committee, Business Law Section, MSBA; Hon. Fellow, Center for Int'l Legal Studies; Articles on securing contracts in Third World Trading

    37 years

  2. Litigation
    20%
    Extensive litigation experience with assistance and solo in federal district and appellate courts as well as state circuit and district courts in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties, with trials conducted in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland; extensive experience with assistance and solo in federal and state courts in the District of Columbia and Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington Counties with trials conducted in Alexandria and Spotsylvania

    39 years

  3. Real estate
    20%
    Licensed Title Agent; former Real Estate Broker; Partitions; LLCs; Clearing Title; Closings

    39 years

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    Drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, special needs trusts, tax planning trusts.

    39 years

  5. Probate
    15%
    Probating large and small estates in normal as well as complex situations. Speaker at seminars on investing using probate.

    39 years

  6. Corporate and incorporation
    10%
    General business advice in formation and maintenance of small and medium businesses. Clients including restaurants, retailers, tech, B2B, government contracts, and many others since 1984.

    39 years

The Law Offices of Richard S. Sternberg is dedicated to the principle that bigger is not always better. Instead, it rests on a tradition that actually antedates the rise of the “mega-firm”-the solo practice. Emulating a country lawyer in a big-city environment allows Mr. Sternberg to provide more individualized service to his clients, and, at the same time, pursue more collegial relations with other members of the Bar.

Since 1984, Mr. Sternberg has dedicated his practice to representing individuals and smaller businesses. For those corporate clients who have larger needs, he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium, PLLC. The larger affiliation allows you to benefit from a close relationship with your lawyer, but it allows easy connection to specific expertise and more economic approaches to handling easier day-to-day matters requiring competence with a lighter hand on the billing rates. If your matter requires multiple areas of practice and a limited practice, such as tax or immigration law, Mr. Sternberg can get you to the lawyers he knows to be the best through MWLC.

Awards

Top Contributor 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017
Top Contributor
2023 2022 2021 + 4 ...
Client's Choice 2022,2020,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
Client's Choice
2022 2020 2018 + 5 ...

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Location

Richard S Sternberg
Use Maryland Mailing Address
Washington, DC, 20036
Attorney at Law
6509 Persimmon Tree Road, Ste 100
Potomac, MD, 20818
Richard S Sternberg
10605 Judicial Dr
Suite B-6
Fairfax, VA, 22030
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Damien | January 26, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Tax Lien Foreclosure Consultation
Mr. Sternberg did an excellent job educating me on the different paths forward and how his firm's experience and capabilities could assist me. He also advised me on methods that would be less complicated and cost-effective. The consult was worth every penny.
Posted by Douglas | June 30, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Timely Service, Excellent Advice
I paid a retainer for consultation and the drafting of a letter of reply to a not-for-profit organization that was attempting to collect on a claim of a twenty-year-old debt incurred in a European country. Mr. Sternberg took the full hour to listen to my situation and position on the matter, answered all my questions, and left me with a sense of confidence that he was experienced and capable of legally handling my matter. His assistant, Mr. Martz, drafted an eloquent and robust response, which the other party continued to dispute, and I have retained their firm for whatever come next. I greatly appreciated their responsiveness; they were timely and set up the first consult within a few days of contacting them and the letter they drafted was sent out in a business week. I also felt that they listened to me and took the time to explain the matter to my satisfaction. They often caveated their statements, as many legal matters cannot be fully defined, it depends on a multitude of controllable and uncontrollable items, and they were diligent in ensuring that they understood what I could expect and what the most likely (but not guaranteed!) outcomes would be. Lastly, they took the time to reach out when this process was upsetting or making me nervous and ensured that we were progressing in a manner that was organized, coherent, and deliberate as opposed to making hasty, snap judgements. I would unreservedly recommend Mr. Sternberg for anyone that has a civil matter involving real estate and international law. (1st copy of review, posted to multiple websites)
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Posted by Lawrence | May 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful on real estate
I had a tricky situation with a real estate purchase that had gone awry, and Richard Sternberg was extremely helpful in evaluating the options and helping me sort through them. Highly recommended!
Posted by Hugo | January 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excels above others!
Richard, is an amazing attorney. One of the best! He is extremely knowledgeable in all legal matters but especially Contract Law. I interviewed several lawyers prior whom I either did not want to expend the effort or only promised a tiny fraction of the damages. Richard, on the other hand, took it personal how unjustly I had been taken advantage of. He leveraged his vast experience and by doing a thorough research of Virginia law was able to find several statutes that strengthen my case and ultimately led to winning all damages incurred. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Simon | May 30, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Client
Excellent advice and support in our process during in a remarkably difficult time.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, honest, efficient
Mr. Sternberg and his associate helped me win a personal injury case and they handled it efficiently and professionally while keeping me in the loop through the entire process. They were honest and realistic about what to expect and gave me the autonomy to make the final decisions. I would choose them to represent me again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and stright to the point lawyer
My family and I have known Mr. Sternberg decades and he is an honest lawyer that truly care about your situation. He had helped me when he was starting his private practice and his integrity has not buldged even now.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Sternberg
In late fall of 2021 I needed an attorney to help me remove a woman from the house I was given by my mother. The woman refused to leave, and I contacted Mr. Sternberg via Avvo. Now realize I am in Alabama, and the house is in Virginia. Mr. Sternberg and his junior attorney, Zach Martz, was provided as many documents legal documents I had and they requested to help me file a suit against the woman to have her removed. Suit was filed, went to court and the courts decided in my favor, which I very much appreciated. I have now sold the property, but without the expert knowledge from both gentlemen, especially Mr. Sternberg, I would never had the house as it was intended. Thank you Mr. Sternberg!
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Posted by Sheri | February 24, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
Mr. Sternberg put my mind at ease and laid out several different options for handling my situation. I appreciate his swift response to my enquiry.
Posted by Elaine | October 1, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consult on international transactions
Mr. Sternberg was extremely helpful in advising us on how best to help relatives in another country buy a house.
Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A true pleasue to work with
I highly recommend this attorney for his extensive and comprehensive knowledge of the law and his unparalleled bedside manner. He has the utmost standard of professional. A true pleasure to work with!
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, excellent
I feel very fortunate to have easily found Mr. Sternberg. I had a very short deadline, and he was so prompt and professional. In addition to giving me great counsel, Mr Sternburg left me with a strong sense of peace of mind as the decision making process has been a very anxious event. He was open and honest, and would be the first person I would request if I have any questions regards the law. (Let’s hope not) Thank you so much, a few days were very significant to me, and I feel very fortunate to have found him.
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Posted by Jodi | February 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great experience
Richard was able to give us a top-notch consultation. He was extremely efficient with evaluating our case in a short period of time. We are stuck in a situation we never thought we'd be in with our hoa, that we didn't know existed. He directed us down the right patb and was respectful of both our time and money. Would recommend !
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Posted by Antionette | November 23, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Richard was very responsive and knowledgeable about my issue. Although he was not able to resolve it as I had hoped, j would not hesitate to use him again. It also helped that he was very personable and easy to talk to.
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Consult
Richard was very helpful and responsive on a real estate HOA question. His insight was helpful for determining my options and next steps. I would definitely hire if needed.
Posted by Linda | October 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Consult
Mr. Sternberg responded to my request for a consultation in a very timely fashion. He requested paperwork from me and by the time of our appointment, 3 days from first contact, he was prepared with questions. He made me feel comfortable about the situation I found myself in and offered helpful suggestions to deal with it.
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very responsive
Richard was super responsive on a time-sensitive real estate question. His perspective was helpful in guiding decisions and next steps. Would use again.
Posted by Joseph | April 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Absolute Professional
Consulted with Mr. Sternberg for a real estate related contract. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and quickly plotted a course of action. His approach immediately put myself at ease. I would highly recommend his services for those in need.
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real Estate
Mr. Sternberg helped me evaluate multiple legal issues that arose during the purchase of my home. His legal analysis and advice was exceptionally thoughtful. He quickly and thoroughly reviewed all of the relevant legal documents and clearly explained the issues and my legal options. I was not only impressed with his legal advice, but I was also surprised by how quickly he responded to my calls and emails. I was very happy with my experience and would recommend him to others, especially for any real estate / property law matter.
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Posted by Jesse | April 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tax Evasion!!
Richard did a great job at helping me through my unintentional attempt at Tax Evasion. Had it not been for him I may have lost my house. Thank you Richard :)
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Principal/ CEO
  • Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium, PLLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Sole Proprietor
  • Law Offices Richard S. Sternberg
  • 1984 - Present
  • Managing Principal/ CEO
  • Washington Law Group, PC
  • 1992 - 2002

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD
  • 1983
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • MA - Masters
  • 1977
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • NCR Corp., Network Computing Devices, Inc., Talley Printer Corp., and Cedar Cliff Systems, Inc. v. Sistex, et alia
  • Won for Cedar Cliff
  • Phoenix Consulting/HSBC Gibbs
  • Success.
  • Privileged
  • Success.
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Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Section Council Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, International Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Hon. Fellow
  • Center for International Legal Studies, Austria
  • 2002
  • “Best Lawyers in Virginia"
  • Virginia Business Maga
  • 2000
  • AV
  • Martindale–Hubbell
  • 1990

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education (MICPEL)
  • “International Commercial Transactions”
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (13)
Endorse Richard
Probate Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from Richard's education, experience and responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard is an excellent attorney. His vast experience enables him to approach legal problems with expertise as well as creativity to find solutions that others may not have thought of. His dealings with clients and potential clients are warm and genuine. These are exactly the qualities I'd look for in an attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Richard for the past three years, and I have found him to be a procedural guru. For non-lawyers this translates to: You want Richard on your side. He is empathetic to clients wishes and needs. His 30+ years of practical experience shows - he can develop the strategy to obtain the win that you deserve. He is an exceptional legal writer. You can trust that your case is in good hands with Mr. Sternberg."
International law Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Sternberg are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Trusts Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I whole-heartedly endorse Richard Sternberg for his acumen, drafting and negotiation skills. In addition, I've found him prompt, responsive, and a pleasure to work with. I hope we have occasion to share more cases in the future."
International law Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is a tremendous attorney. I worked alongside him for several months and immediately noticed his work ethic and his intelligence. He is a talented attorney who is willing to put in the long hours on a case to be even better. I would recommend Richard to anyone looking for an attorney who will be honest and hard working."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Other
"I initially chose Mr. Sternberg based on his AV rating and experience in real estate law. I needed his help to review a number of real estate documents on behalf of my daughter who resides in Washington D.C.. He completed his review within a very short period, gave me a thorough and well reasoned analysis, and found necessary changes that I had overlooked. I think the best praise I can give for his legal skills and reputation is that I trusted him to assist my daughter and would not hesitate to refer any of my other children to him for any legal assistance."
Litigation Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard is a enthusiastic and tireless advocate for his clients. While aggressively pursuing litigation, he is always keenly aware of his client's overall goal and wishes. He is an excellent lawyer and would make a formidable opponent."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is a high energy, no nonsense attorney who zealously represents client interests. He is extremely versatile, knowing many areas of the law, and able to provide real-life solutions. I endorse and recommend him."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He knows his DC real estate. Top notch attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wrongful death Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the privilege of working with Richard in my capacity as representative of an estate and found him to be highly competent, diligent and zealous through two trials and two appeals. Jay M. Finkelstein, Esq."
International law Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An attention for detail; a committed advocate."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard is a top-notch lawyer. We met at Georgetown Law in the early 1980s, and when we have worked together since then, he has provided effective, practical and timely legal services. He is knowledgeable about real estate law and current developments, and well serves his clients with his experience, dedication, and professionalism."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the best litigators. He is always totally prepared, has a great personal connection with jurors, and is very persuasive with judges. No matter how complex the matter, I would have no hesitation in engaging his services for any of my clients. He has a broad knowledge of a wide range of legal principles, and often provides an effective and creative solution to litigation issues."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Washington Real estate Lawyer Richard S Sternberg
Richard S Sternberg
Real estate Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 40 years
Virtual consultation available