Richard Q. Sterns

Washington, DC

Richard Sterns is an associate at the firm. While earning his law degree, Richard worked as a Business Development and Marketing Coordinator at a national law firm, where he researched and developed proposals to provide legal services for affordable housing development transactions. He also served as a legal intern at the software provider Cvent, Inc., where he assisted with commercial contract negotiations, privacy and data security matters, and other technology transactions.

Richard's experience also includes serving as a legal extern at the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration, where he worked with attorneys in the Chief Counsel's Office on matters ranging from procurement litigation to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Prior to attending law school, Richard served as an intern for a U.S. Senator and a Missouri State Representative.

He was a 2017 Ballard Spahr summer associate.

Professional Highlights


"A New Exception to the Autonomy Principle for Standbys and Letters of Credit? The Negative Stipulation Heresy and the Creation of Commercial Uncertainty in Australia," 31 Ny. Int'l L. Rev. 1 (2018)

"Unregulated and Under the Radar: The National Security Case for Federal Regulation of Certain Small Maritime Vessels," 5 Nat'l Sec. L.J. 1 (2016)



George Mason University School of Law (J.D. 2018)
Managing Editor, National Security Law Journal, 2016-2017
Research Editor, National Security Law Journal, 2017-2018

Westminster College (MO) (B.A., magna cum laude, 2014)



District of Columbia