Attorney Profile

Paul Mark Sandler, Chair of the General Litigation Group, is a trial lawyer who has developed a national reputation for successfully representing notable clients in trial and appellate courts. A partner in the firm of Shapiro Sher, he is known for his thorough representation of clients, as evidenced by his remarkable courtroom victories. Paul Mark Sandler also achieves successful out-of-court resolution of disputes and has extensive experience in mediation, arbitration, and mini-trials. He works closely with clients to achieve results in a cost-efficient manner using state-of-the-art courtroom technology.

His trial practice ranges from representation of defendants in criminal cases to plaintiffs in civil lawsuits, including land use and zoning, personal injury lawsuits, as well as unusual constitutional law cases. Mr. Sandler has also successfully defended major corporations in cases involving allegations of antitrust violations, wrongful discharge, race and sex discrimination, breach of contract, trademark infringement, and other matters.

The 2013 edition of Chambers USA, a leading guide to the legal industry, reports that "Paul Sandler is often sought for his substantial experience in trial and appellate court, and he also maintains a fine track record in mediation and arbitration." The guide quotes one source as saying, "Mr. Sandler is a truly gifted trial lawyer with deep experience in all areas of civil litigation and criminal defense work. His understanding of all aspects of courtroom presentation is extraordinary."

Mr. Sandler is credited with setting a precedent for punitive damage awards in the State of Maryland. His trial advocacy has been complimented by judges and jurors alike, and he has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. Mr. Sandler recently served as plaintiffs’ lead trial counsel in an anti-trust class action suit that was successfully settled on the eve of trial for $164 Million. According to the Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Sandler exhibits a no-nonsense streak, especially when grilling the other side's witnesses."

He is a well-known force in legal scholarship and publishing. He has published works covering a variety of topics including pleadings, trials, appeals, and argument and persuasion. From 2003 through June 2007, he authored a regular column on trial advocacy for The Daily Record and other Dolan Media newspapers around the country. For many years, he also published a blog called "The Art of Advocacy," as a resource for other trial attorneys and their clients.

Mr. Sandler has lectured at numerous law schools throughout the United States and often speaks to local bar groups on trials and appeals. In the summer of 2000, he organized a trial training program in Oxford, England for the American Bar Association Litigation Section. The bar associations in Chicago, Portland, Cleveland, Providence, and Dallas have invited him to present programs to their members.

Founder and first chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Litigation Section, Mr. Sandler continues to be active in the bar associations. He is a leader of the J. Dudley Digges Inn of Court and former Secretary of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association. Additionally, he has served on the Maryland State Bar Association Board of Governors.

As Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he chairs the committee on teaching trial and appellate advocacy. He has been granted Martindale-Hubbell's AV Peer Review Rating, the highest rating possible. In 2003, he was presented with a Leadership in Law Award by The Daily Record of Maryland. He has appeared on numerous television programs including:

  • Larry King Live
  • The Today Show
  • CNN Crossfire
  • Geraldo Rivera Live
  • MSNBC’s InterNight
  • Maryland Public Television
  • WBAL News and local radio shows

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Sandler contributes time to many Maryland organizations. He has served on the Board of the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland. He is past president of the Foundation Board for Maryland Public Television and a member of the Foundation Board of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.


  • Board of Directors, Maryland Professionalism Center (established by the Maryland Judiciary)
  • Board Member, Stevenson University (2012 to present)
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Bureau (2000-2012)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (inducted 2011)
  • Secretary, Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, 2004-2008
  • Founder and Co-chair, ABA Litigation Section's Institute for Trial Training (LITT) (1998-present)
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Chair, MSBA Special Committee on Voir Dire
  • Founder, first chair, and member, MSBA Litigation Section
  • Member, Maryland Association for Justice (1995 -Present)
  • Member, Baltimore City Criminal Defense Attorneys (1995-Present)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association (1995-Present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Appellate Practice - University of Baltimore School of Law (1974- 1984)
  • President, Maryland Public Television Foundation Board, (2001-2004)
  • Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, past member of the Board of Electors
  • University of Maryland Cancer Center Advisory Board (1993- Present)
  • Member, Foundation Board, Saint Joseph Hospital

Books Published

News & Publications

June 01, 2018
Chambers USA 2018 ranks Shapiro Sher among leading firms

December 19, 2017
Maryland Super Lawyers Recognizes Twelve Shapiro Sher Attorneys

August 23, 2017
Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Nine Shapiro Sher Attorneys

May 25, 2017
Appellate Decision Endorses MSBA Committee’s Recommendations

September 28, 2016
Paul Sandler Takes Part in Trial Training in Memphis​

Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee Chair Paul Sandler discusses Litigation Institute for Trial Training Program curriculum.

September 19, 2016
Paul Sandler Participates as a Trial Laywer in Supreme Court's Mock Trial

For a few hours on Monday, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court morphed into a three-member panel reenacting one of its earlier cases in the same Philadelphia courtroom where it was first argued in 1794.

September 14, 2016
Litigation Group Wins Six-year Legal Battle for Renowned Maryland Restaurant

Chair of the Litigation Group Paul Sandler represented Oregon Grille in a legal win.

June 13, 2016
Chambers USA Ranks Shapiro Sher Among Leading Law Firms

April 20, 2016
Paul Mark Sandler's New Client - Al Capone

February 22, 2016
The Art of Persuasion