Donald N. Sperling

Donald N. Sperling

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Rockville, MD

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
 | 25 West Middle Lane, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-838-3202
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (40%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%)
Attorney Profile

Don Sperling thrives on developing innovative and strategic solutions that meet his clients’ needs and help them reach their individual and business goals. Don evaluates clients’ legal problems and opportunities from many angles, guiding them through short-term and long-term considerations that will capitalize on available resources.  He approaches each matter with attention to detail and a thorough analysis of clients’ issues and objectives that allows him to focus on achieving their desired results. 

As one of the founding partners of the firm, Don concentrates his practice in the areas of business, employment, e-commerce, technology, real estate and civil litigation. Don’s experience and depth of knowledge across a broad range of business-related legal matters, including commercial acquisitions, employment relations and disputes, as well as complex civil litigation, makes him an efficient and effective deal maker. He serves as counsel to businesses and business owners, handling strategic growth, transition and transaction matters.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Don has been recognized repeatedly as a top attorney in Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers magazines, as well as Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition. He is a strong communicator and is frequently called upon to speak on business, employment and technology-related topics before business groups and associations throughout the region.

Active in the community—as well as an avid sports fan—Don is a former member of the Maryland Soccer Foundation’s Board of Directors.

About Donald Sperling

Admitted: 1976, Maryland

Professional Webpage: http://www.steinsperling.com/our-people/p/sperling

Honors/Awards:

  • SmartCEO magazine, Power Player Finalist, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent peer review rating

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Exit Planning Exchange     Board of Directors (2012-present)
  • Maryland Bar Association Insurance Trust, Trustee (1990-1998)
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 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
  • “Breaking Down a Business Acquisition/Sale Transaction,” presented to financial professionals , Speaker, 2016
  • “Maximizing the Value of Your Business,” sponsored by M&T Bank , 2016
  • Harassment Prevention Workshop, 2015
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Educational Background:

  • University of Maryland (B.S., 1972)
Office Location for Donald N. Sperling

25 West Middle Lane
Rockville, MD 20850

 

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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