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Alan B. Sternstein

Alan B. Sternstein

Of Counsel

7979 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 400
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

    Alan B. Sternstein is a member of the firm’s Complex Civil and Commercial Litigation practice, as well as other Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC practice areas. He began his legal career as a law clerk to former Supreme Court Justices Douglas and Brennan. He serves on the editorial board for The Maryland Appellate Blog and serves or has served on several local governing boards, including the City of Rockville Board of Appeals, the Grosvenor Park Maintenance Trust and the Mental Health Advisory Committee for Montgomery County. He has been General Counsel to Leadership Montgomery since 2011.

    He is a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. He also serves on the Litigation Section Council for the Maryland Bar.

    Publications and Presentations

    • “Doe I, Doe II, Federal Dough and Federalism,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2016)
    • “United States v. Graham: The Fourth Circuit Rejects the Privacy Concerns of a Broad Range of Groups with Often Conflicting Interests,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2016)
    • “Shapiro v. McManus: Round Two for the Constitutionality of Maryland’s 2011 Congressional Redistricting,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2016)
    • “With Mitchell v. Maryland Motor Vehicle Admin., Hard Cases Still Make Bad Law,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2015)
    • “Gun Control, State Courts and Federalism,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2015)
    • “Montgomery County v. Fraternal Order of Police: Government’s Role at the Ballot Box, Round II,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2015)
    • “Espina v. Jackson: Marbury v. Madison Revisited?,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2015)
    • “Montgomery v. Fraternal Order to Address Government’s Role at the Ballot Box,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2015)
    • “Raynor v. Maryland: Shades of, or for, Privacy Invasions to Come,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2014)
    • “Coralling National Federation of Independent Business v. Sibelius,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2014)
    • “In re 2012 Legislative Districting and the Permanence or Expedience of Judicial Review,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2013)
    • “DeWolfe v. Richmond: State Law or Just Law,” Maryland Appellate Blog (2013)
    • “Justice’s Recommendations Should Be Adopted,” 4 Telematics 4 (1987)
    • “The Justiciability of Confrontation: Executive Secrecy and the Political Question Doctrine,” 16 Arizona Law Review. 140 (1974)
    • “The Precedential Authority of United States Supreme Court Minority Decisions,” 15 Arizona Law Review. 621 (1973)

    Bar Admissions

    • Maryland (1976)
    • Washington, D.C. (1987)


    Mr. Sternstein received a Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, where he served as the Executive Editor for the Arizona Law Review.

    Government Service

    • United States Supreme Court, Law Clerk (Justices Douglas and Brennan) (1975-1976)
    • Mental Health Advisory Committee, Member, Montgomery County, Maryland (2008-2016)
    • Board of Appeals for the City of Rockville, Member and Chair, Rockville, Maryland (1989-2011)