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Donald N. Sperling

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Rockville, MD

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
1101 Wootton Pkwy, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-838-3202
Fax: 301-354-8102
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2023
Licensed in Maryland Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Business/Corporate, Employment & Labor: Employer, Real Estate: Business
Attorney Profile

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.

About Donald N. Sperling

First Admitted: 1976, Maryland

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers (2020-2021)
  • Bethesda Magazine Top Attorney 2019
  • Maryland Super Lawyer (2007, 2009-2011, 2014-2021), Super Lawyers
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (2007, 2009-2011,2013-2021), Super Lawyers
  • SmartCEO magazine, Power Players Finalist (2013)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent peer review rating

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Maryland Bar Association Insurance Trust; Trustee (1990-1998)
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Florida State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Educational Background

  • University of Maryland (B.S.), 1972
  • University of Baltimore (J.D., magna cum laude); Heuisler Honor Society, 1975

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Employment claims for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination of employment and unpaid wages are on the rise. This seminar will explain the steps subcontractors can take to reduce employment-related claims and avoid the time and expense of defending them. Specific topics that will be covered include: Hiring workers (job descriptions, restrictive covenants, differences between employees and contractors); Wage laws (hiring workers as exempt and non-exempt, paying overtime wages); Essential components of employee manuals; Types of discrimination and harassment claims and how to avoid them; and Proper procedures for terminating employees., Speaker, Employment Law for Subcontractors, 2011
  • Darla McClure, Don Sperling and Mary Lombardo will serve as a panel of attorneys offering MC SHRM members information on the latest employment trends and concerns for employers.  Topics will include an update of recent federal and state employment law cases, issues and concerns involving social media and the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) as well as a thorough discussion concerning document retention and destruction from a litigation perspective, with an emphasis on company e-mails.  This will be a robust legal discussion with your legal questions welcome., Speaker, Legal Trends for Employers, MC SHRM, Montgomery County Society For Human Resource Management (MCSHRM), 2012
  • Don Sperling and Ann Jakabcin to present "Contingency Planning Seminar" to the Maryland Society of Accountants. Attendees will learn how to evaluate the current business operation and how they can be better prepare themselves and their clients to protect their assets and maintain operations before, during and after a major disaster (Health, Life or Act of God)., Don Sperling and Ann Jakabcin to present “Contingency Planning Seminar”, 2012
  • Stein Sperling attorneys Don Sperling and Jeff Schwaber, both of whom have been named among SmartCEO’s “Legal Elite," will present "Avoiding Legal Pitfalls When Doing Business In Maryland." They will address legal and practical considerations for CEOs and in-house legal counsel whose companies conduct business in the State of Maryland.   Jeff Schwaber, co-chair of the firm’s civil litigation department, will provide background on the Maryland court system’s structure, procedures and requirements. He will also cover recent Maryland Court Decisions, including case that cover attorneys fees/fee-shifting, shareholder derivative suits, sanctions and ethics issues. Don Sperling, co-chair of the firm’s business and employment departments, will review issues related to e-discovery and employment law claims. For both topics, Mr. Sperling will provide detailed information on prevention, preparation and responses., Don Sperling and Jeff Schwaber to present “Avoiding Legal Pitfalls When Doing Business In Maryland”, 2012
  • DOs and DON’Ts for Responding to an Employee’s Discrimination ComplaintBy Donald N. Sperling, Esq.Knowing how to respond to a discrimination complaint from an employee is important. As a business owner or senior human resources professional, you may be called upon to respond to numerous issues in a compressed period of time. Both preparation and organization are critical to the delivery of a well-considered and well-documented response to such complaints. After reviewing the following DOs and DON’Ts for responding to discrimination complaints, I hope you will take away practical and proactive approaches to ensure your business practices are helping – not hurting – your ability to respond to such complaints. I also hope that these suggestions help you to prepare in case you are ever faced with a complaint.,, 2013
  • Stein Sperling attorneys will cover the basics of business and employment law that every business owner should know. Millard Bennett, Mark Schweighofer, Karen Shapiro and Don Sperling will guide attendees through the following topics: Ownership Agreements & Executive Compensation Plans Owners often find themselves in trouble and without up-to-date documents. Learn how to be proactive! Employment Law Survival Guide Employees are the lifeblood of any business. This session will update you on current federal, state and local laws! Exit Strategies and Estate Planning No matter the transition you’re planning (buy, sell, merge), this discussion will help you anticipate what lies ahead!, Stein Sperling attorneys to present at M&T Bank event for business owners, 2013
  • Family law attorneys may find themselves in unfamiliar territory when faced with divorcing a husband and wife who own a business together. In most cases, continuing joint ownership of a business after divorce is not feasible. So what do you do with the business? Karen Shapiro and Eric Rollinger will provide insight on the various possibilities including one spouse buying out the other, a sale to a third party and dissolution. Karen will start with a basic discussion about the different types of entities, the governing documents for each and the types of documents you'll want to make sure you get in discovery. Eric will discuss issues around valuing the business. They will also address other obstacles for divorcing couples who jointly own a business such as employment, benefit, and alimony issues., Divorcing Husbands, Wives and Businesses CLE Seminar, 2012
  • Millard Bennett, Don Sperling and Karen Shapiro to present at the SmartCEO Seminar "Cultivate Growth, Create Value, Cash Out or Cut Back: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late to Plan a Future for Your Business" on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. From their decades of advising business owners through transitions and transactions, Stein Sperling principals will address these questions and others: How do you cultivate existing talent to lead in the future if you transition your business from within?  How can you attract new talent to become vested in your company’s future? How do you ensure business success and family harmony when transferring ownership of your company to the next generation? How can you get your house in order now to efficiently sell your business to a third party? How do you maximize the value of your business for a future sale? How do you start the transaction process and what pitfalls must you avoid?, Millard Bennett, Don Sperling and Karen Shapiro to present at SmartCEO Seminar, 2013
  • Stein Sperling attorneys will cover the basics of business law and strategic planning that every business owner should know. Millard Bennett, Karen Shapiro and Don Sperling will guide attendees through the following topics: Ownership Agreements  Owners often find themselves in trouble and without up-to-date documents. Learn how to be proactive! Succession and Transition Planning Whether you are promoting talent from within or must make unpopular family decisions, you need a plan! Exit Strategies  No matter the transition you’re planning, this discussion will help you anticipate what lies ahead!, Stein Sperling attorneys to present at Early Cassidy and Schilling event for business owners, 2014
  • “Maximizing the Value of Your Business,” sponsored by M&T Bank , 2016
  • “Breaking Down a Business Acquisition/Sale Transaction,” presented to financial professionals , Speaker, 2016
  • Harassment Prevention Workshop, 2015
  • The Fallacy of the Corporate/LLC Veil: It Can Be PiercedPresented by Donald Sperling, J.D., and Eric J. Rollinger, J.D., CPAMost individuals believe that creating a limited liability entity provides absolute protection from creditors. However, the corporate/LLC veil may be quite thin in certain circumstances. This session will address exceptions to limited liability such as personal guarantees and unpaid trust taxes and how you and your clients might further insulate yourselves from personal liability., Speaker, Update for Accountants and Financial Planners, 2017
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Office Location for Donald N. Sperling

1101 Wootton Pkwy
Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852

Last Updated: 8/22/2022

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