Business Law Section: International Law Committee


Richard S. Sternberg
2001 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
T: 202-530-0100


Practice of law in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia from September 1984, with extensive experience in international law, including international estate planning, international business and government contracts, international adoption. Accomplishments include:

General counsel and chief negotiator for an American company that successfully created a domestic insurance industry in a post-communist African country.

Negotiated a secure enforceable insurance and reinsurance cobrokerage agreement in U.K. and U.S. worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Successfully defended agreement when attacked years later.

Developed currency protocol to enable international company to move currency through restrictions in Namibia, South Africa, and Angola lawfully.

As sole counsel appearing in Johannesburg, deterred national quasigovernmental sovereign company from using my client’s regulatory and corporate framework while eliminating its fees.

Traced funds of African sovereign resisting collection of U.S. debt because the funds were central bank funds and proved the funds were proceeds of a commercial enterprise.

Developed unique strategies for enforcing foreign sovereign contracts in U.S. Won jurisdictional disputes involving international contracts in the D.C. district and appellate courts resulting in the client being paid 100% of the disputed claim, plus interest not covered by the contract.

Negotiated development of consulting project with Angolan Minister of Finance to assist in the development of Angolan civic and legal culture.

Coordinated legal counsel in U.K. and France and compared with state law in three U.S. states to permit mixed British and Kurdish childless professional couple to adopt Kurdish pre-toddler in the wake of the Gulf War.

Litigated successful resolution of divorce after immigrant medical doctor stipulated consent judgment that his marriage was fraudulent. Lead counsel for NCR Corp., Network Computing Devices, Inc., Talley Printer Corp., and Cedar Cliff Systems, Inc. in multiple lawsuits to unravel a fraudulent transfer of encryption products to Saudi Arabian interests. Incorporated and counseled many immigrants forming U.S. companies under the L and H visa programs.

  • Chair, Maryland State Bar Association, International Law Committee.
  • Elected to fellowship of Center for International Legal Studies, of Saltzburg, Austria, for my monograph, “Securing Investments from Foreign Sovereigns—Protecting Foreign Assets Using U.S. Law.” Taught seminar in Kitzbuehel. Article republished in Luxembourg, NY & Baltimore.
  • “Best MICPEL Program Presented,” 2007-2008. Taught Maryland State Bar Association continuing legal education class, “International Commercial Transactions.”
  • “Best Lawyers in Virginia,” Virginia Bus. Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2000
  • “Av” Rated by Martindale–Hubbell, elected to Martindale Hubbell’s Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
  • Former Managing Principal/CEO, the Washington Law Group, P.C.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., May 1983, cum laude
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award of Excellence, Constitutional Law Editor, Law and Policy in International Business law review Dean’s List, three years
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.A., May 1977, American Political Science, magna cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., May 1977, Political Science, magna cum laude, Special Distinction in Political Science (departmental honors), Elected to Pi Sigma Alpha, 1977.

  • D.C. Bar, 1983
  • Maryland Bar, 1985
  • Virginia Bar, 1990
  • U.S.C.A., D.C. Cir., 1984
  • U.S.D.C. Trial Bar, Maryland, 1985
  • U.S.D.C., D.C., 1984
  • U.S.C.A., Fed. Cir., 1984
  • U.S.D.C. E.D.Va., 1992
  • U.S.C.A., 4th Cir., 1992
  • United States Supreme Court, 1990