Richard S. Sternberg
2001 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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
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
- “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.
| BAR MEMBERSHIPS:
- 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