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Richard Sternberg

Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium, PLLC
  • Real Estate Law, International Law, Probate ...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
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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.

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • International Law
  • Probate
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees available in accident cases and, even, some international, real estate, and probate matters.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Even in business matters, ask about the 50/50 program for discounted legal fee rates as low as $150/hour.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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4th Circuit
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D.C. Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Principal/CEO
Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium, PLLC
- Current
Managing principal/CEO
Law Offices of Richard S. Sternberg
- Current
I've practiced as a solo from the beginning and will until the end. Sometimes, there have been some very talented lawyers around me, as well.
Member, rising to CEO
The Washington Law Group, P.C.
Center for International Legal Studies
Honorary Fellow (2002) | International Business Law
Republished in Kitzbuehel, Luxembourg, NY, and Baltimore
Honors: Honorary Fellow
Activities: Delivered paper: "Securing Investments from Foreign Sovereigns— Protecting Foreign Assets Using U.S. Law"
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Georgetown University
J.D. (1983) | Law
Honors: cum laude
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University of Pennsylvania
M.A. (1977) | American Political Science
Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Pi Sigma Alpha, University Television, concurrent B.A.-M.A. in four years.
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University of Pennsylvania
B.A. (1977) | Political Science
Honors: magna cum laude, honors in major.
Activities: Pi Sigma Alpha, University Television, Combined B.A.-M.A. in 4 years magna cum laude.
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10.0 Superb
Hon. Fellow
Center for International Legal Studies, Austria
Best Lawyers in Virginia
Virginia Business Magazine
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Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar
- Current
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District of Columbia Bar
- Current
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Maryland State Bar
Chairman, International Law Committee
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Articles & Publications
“Securing Investments from Foreign Sovereigns—Protecting Foreign Assets Using U.S. Law.”
Republished in Kitzbuehel, Luxembourg, NY, and Baltimore
“The Jewish Roots of English Property Law.”
The Conveyancer & Property Lawyer, Issue 1 (2016)
Collections 101 for Campaign Professionals
Campaigns and Elections, February, 2007
“Third World Government Contracting.” November-December, 2005.
l.i.n.k, issue 30,
International Business Law Bulletin, March-April, 2003
“Negotiating Commercial Leases.”
Business Properties, 1990
Speaking Engagements
International Commercial Transactions , Continuing Legal Education (MICPEL) , Columbia, Maryland
Maryland State Bar Association
Reviewed international commercial transaction issues with a panel of other international law practitioners.
Websites & Blogs
Mr. Sternberg's Web Site
Legal Answers
671 Questions Answered

Q. Can I be blocked from a private road to a property I want to buy if there is not a deeded easement for the road to it?
A: The answer is in insurance not at law. The legal answer could get tied up in a astoundingly expensive trial on the existence of an easement by estoppel. You should draft the contract so that it is contingent on the insurability of legal access and egress, and you should run not walk to the exit if the title insurance policy excludes claims regarding the access and egress. The policy should expressly include that issue so there is no claim later that you concealed it from them. If the title is insured, they will be required to defend your title, but you might want a careful review of the policy before closing to ensure that you are insured. If you are insured, it'll be the insurance company's problem. I'm a title agent as well as a lawyer, and I wouldn't write that policy if I knew the facts you described.
Q. Is this VA real estate contract of purchase enforceable?
A: There certainly is a decent legal argument that the contract was concluded, but you would have the burden of proving that the acceptance was by an authorized agent of the seller and that the acceptance was unconditional. Those will be factual questions, which means a trial. That is not an inexpensive proposition, and the Purchase Agreement may shift the burden of attorneys fees to the prevailing party or, even, be a one-sided attorney's fees provision. The Virginia courts will tend to enforce the contract as written regardless of whether you read or understood it, so you need to understand it now. If it contains a clause that says that acceptance occurs only when the parties have each signed, that clause is also probably enforceable. In short, you need a contract review. Reading an answer on the Internet does not create an attorney-client relationship. You are represented by me when we have both signed a retainer agreement (on paper or electronically) and some money has changed hands. Usually, you will have been asked specific questions about your situation and all potential conflicts of interest will have been resolved. Until then, you have no more right to rely on this answer than if you read it in a novel.
Q. How it going my name is mr Allen and I am writing bc I live in a family owned home and family member trying to evict me
A: There is no such thing at law as a "family owned home." The property is owned by some one or some specifically named individuals. If the property was not deeded or willed to the next generation, then it passed by intestacy. Sometimes, it is difficult after a hundred years or so, particularly in large families, to identify the current title holders, but there are title holders. Knowing the title holders and the nature of their title is required in order to advise you as to your rights. That starts with a title abstract. If you are one of the title owners and you hold as tenant in common, you or any other tenant in common has a right in Virginia law to occupy. But, you or any other tenant in common has a right in Virginia law to seek sale in lieu of partition. If your mother is not the title owner and you are, then she cannot evict you. You merely need to plea title and be prepared to prove it. But, other title owners may seek sale, and that will evict you and, ultimately, pay you your share of the proceeds. It might be wise to get ahead of this by seeking counsel, but you should not allow yourself to be bluffed into moving out.
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Maryland Main Office
6509 Persimmon Tree Road, Suite 100
Potomac, MD 20818
Telephone: (202) 530-0100
Fax: (888) 363-7299
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Fairfax, VA 22030
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