Don Sperling’s extensive experience handling issues related to businesses, from start-ups to fully matured companies, enables him to evaluate clients’ legal and business concerns and opportunities from multiple angles. He adeptly guides them through short- and long-term considerations for their businesses, whether in the context of a potential merger or acquisition, key hire, a real estate transaction, an employment issue, a business strategic planning consideration or a litigation scenario. Don listens carefully to his clients and then crafts innovative, strategic and meticulous plans to address and achieve their individual needs and goals. He prides himself on relating well with his clients and providing practical solutions.
When he co-founded Stein Sperling 40 years ago, Don envisioned a “client-first” law firm, which would attract lawyers who shared his passion for the law, and for treating a client’s issue as their own. It is with enormous pride that Don has worked hard to help the firm evolve and thrive while remaining true to that foundational ideal: dedication to client service.
Highly regarded in the legal community, Don has amassed a variety of professional accolades during his career and is frequently called upon to speak on business, employment, and technology-related topics before business groups throughout the region.
University of Maryland (B.S., 1972)
University of Baltimore (J.D., magna cum laude, 1975)
Heuisler Honor Society
Outside of the office, Donald enjoys golfing, spending time with family and friends and working crossword puzzles.
Admissions & Certifications
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Court
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Memberships & Activities
Bar Association of Montgomery County
Maryland Bar Association Insurance Trust
Maryland State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar
Virginia State Bar
Florida State Bar
American Bar Association
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Honors + Awards
Best Lawyers (2020)
Maryland Super Lawyer (2007, 2009-2011, 2014-2020)
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (2007, 2009-2011, 2014-2019) Bethesda Magazine
Top Attorney (2019)
Power Players Finalist (2013)
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent peer review rating