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Paul Mark Sandler


250 West Pratt Street
Suite 2000
Baltimore, MD 21201

410.385.4272 ph
410.539.7611 fax

Paul Mark Sandler 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 Guinot & Sandler, 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 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. 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 for the American Bar Association Litigation Section, he organized a trial training program in Oxford, England. The bar associations in Chicago, Portland, ME, 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.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Sandler is also listed in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. 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

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.


Anatomy of a Trial: A Handbook for Young Lawyers, 2nd Ed., ABA, 2014

Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer, 4th Ed., MSBA, 2014

Pattern Examinations of Witnesses, 4th Ed., MSBA, 2006

Raising the Bar, MSBA, 2006

News & Publications

July 15, 2015: The Maryland State Bar Association's Bar Bulletin publishes the full text of Paul Mark Sandler's speech in London commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. To read the full speech, click here.

June 12, 2015: Paul Mark Sandler spoke on the history and legacy of Magna Carta at the 2015 American Bar Association London Sessions, which celebtrated the 800th anniversary of the charter. The ABA Journal reported on the event here.

May 2, 2015: Paul Mark Sandler appeared on WBAL-TV 11 Saturday Morning News to explain the charges filed against the six Baltimore police officers in the Freddie Gray case. Freddie Gray was a 25-year-old African American who died in police custody.

March 27, 2015: The Daily Record includes two titles by Mr. Sandler on a list of must-read legal books: Pattern Examinations of Witnesses for the Maryland Lawyer and Anatomy of a Trial: A Handbook for Young Lawyers.

November 21, 2014: Paul Mark Sandler presents "Sacco & Vanzetti" training program. The infamous 1921 trial served as the basis for the latest program offered by the ABA's Litigation Institute for Trial Training, founded by Mr. Sandler.  

January 13, 2014: "Paint-pigment makers agree to pay $164M." The Maryland Daily Record reports on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class-action suit filed against four large chemical companies; Paul Mark Sandler served as plaintiffs' lead trial counsel.

September 10, 2013: "Cristal, Kronos To Exit Paint Pigment Cartel Suit for $85M." Law360 and other media report on the $85 million settlement reached by the final two defendants in the multi-million class-action antitrust suit for which Paul Mark Sandler serves as local plaintiffs' counsel. Read more here.

August 15, 2013: "DuPont To Pay $72M in Paint Antitrust MDL Settlement." As local plaintiffs' counsel in a multi-million class-action price-fixing lawsuit, Paul Mark Sandler helps negotiate a settlement with chemical giant DuPont. Details of the settlement are reported in Law360, The Maryland Daily Record and other media outlets.

August 14, 2013: Paul Mark Sandler and eight additional Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler attorneys are cited in the rankings of Best Lawyers in America 2014. 

July 19, 2013: Mr. Sandler appears on WYPR Radio 88.1's Midday with Dan Rodricks to discuss the likelihood of federal civil-rights charges being brought against George Zimmerman, following Zimmerman's Florida acquittal in the killing of an unarmed African-American teen.

June 5, 2013: Mr. Sandler named to the board of directors of the Maryland Professionalism Center, set up by the Maryland Judiciary to serve as the hub for legal professionalism efforts in the state.

May 29, 2013: The 2013 edition of Chambers USA cites Mr. Sandler and four other Shapiro Sher attorneys in its directory of the country's leading lawyers.  

April 26, 2013: Maryland State Bar Association releases the Fifth Edition of Pleading Causes of Action in Maryland, co-authored by Mr. Sandler.

April 24, 2013: Mr. Sandler presents a day-long trial training session for young lawyers at the ABA Section of Litigation's annual conference in Chicago. Founded by Mr. Sandler, the Litigation Institute for Trial Training (LITT) offers annual educational programs for trial attorneys. 

December 21, 2012: Maryland Super Lawyers, published by a division of Thomson Reuters, ranks Mr. Sandler in its "Top Ten" list of attorneys in the state

June 7, 2012: Chambers USA 2012 selects Mr. Sandler and four other Shapiro Sher partners for inclusion in its prestigious directory of the country's leading lawyers.

March 8, 2012: "Oregon Grille wins round in fight over paved lot." The Maryland Daily Record reports on the Cockeysville restaurant's victory in the Court of Special Appeals and it quotes Paul Mark Sandler, the restaurant's attorney.

January 5, 2012: Maryland Super Lawyers selects Paul Mark Sandler and ten other Shapiro Sher attorneys for inclusion in its 2012 ratings and names him among the top ten most highly ranked lawyers in the state.

June 15, 2011: Chambers USA 2011 ranks Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler among the top law firms in the country and cites partner Paul Mark Sandler and three others among the leading lawyers in the United States. The prestigious guide writes that sources described Mr. Sandler as "an absolutely superb litigator."

June 8, 2011: Paul Mark Sandler's new book, Anatomy of a Trial: A Handbook for Young Lawyers, is published by the American Bar Association.

May 23, 2011: Paul Mark Sandler writes "Keeping Jurors Offline," for the National Law Journal. The article is about jurors and the misuse of technology. 

January 1, 2011: "The Devil and Paul Mark Sandler." Paul Mark Sandler is profiled in the January 2011 issue of Maryland Super Lawyers.

December 13, 2010: "Grimm and Sandler on the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure." Presentation by Paul M. Sandler and The Honorable Paul W. Grimm, sponsored by the Baltimore Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

September 26, 2010: The Maryland Daily Record reports on Paul Mark Sandler's victory defending the Oregon Grille against a lawsuit filed by the restaurant's neighbors.

June 13, 2010: Chambers USA 2010 ranks Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler among the top law firms in the country. The prestigious guide cites four of the Firm's partners, including Paul Mark Sandler, among the leading lawyers in the United States.

March 12, 2010: "Classical Rhetoric and the Modern Trial Lawyer." An article by trial attorney Paul Mark Sandler, JoAnne A. Epps and Ronald J. Waicukauski, in the winter issue of Litigation Magazine.

February 11, 2010: Courthouse News Service reports on an antitrust class action suit alleging that E.I. Dupont De Nemours and Co. and several other companies conspired to fix the price of titanium dioxide, a primary element in white paint. Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler serves as local counsel to the plaintiffs.

February 8, 2010: Lawyers USA quotes Paul Mark Sandler in a story about the challenges facing lawyers taking cases in states other than their own.

November 10, 2009: Paul M. Sandler joins The Marc Steiner Show as guest commentator on the trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.

October 17, 2009: The current issue of Litigation magazine reviews Paul Mark Sandler's Anatomy of a Trial: A Primer for Young Lawyers, calling it "an excellent book for trial lawyers, young and old alike. It is an important teaching tool that doesn't just set out general concepts--it applies them."

June 4, 2009: Trial Magazine reviews Paul Mark Sandler's new book Anatomy of a Trial: A Primer for Young Lawyers, calling it "a must have for any trial lawyer looking to better understand how to successfully present his or her case to a jury."

Mr. Sandler's new book Anatomy of a Trial: A Primer for Young Lawyers is published by Maryland Bar Association.

Baltimore SmartCEO names Mr. Sandler in its 2008 "SmartLawyers" list, appearing in the November issue of the magazine.

September 23, 2008: The Maryland Bar Foundation honors Mr. Sandler with a Legal Excellence Award for the Advancement of Professional Competence.

May 9-10, 2008: Mr. Sandler speaks in Bilbao, Spain at a legal conference organized by the ABA and Union Internationale des Avocats: "The Comparison of Jury Trials and the Mystery of Art Theft."

May 27, 2005: "City lawyer right at home amid hoopla of L.A. trial." Paul Mark Sandler is featured in the Baltimore Sun, in a story about his legal defense of Hilary Clinton's 2000 national campaign director in a trial featuring national media coverage and A-list Hollywood celebrities.

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Bar Admissions

  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • U.S. District for the District of Maryland


  • Hobart College (B.A., cum laude, 1967); Phi Beta Kappa
  • Georgetown University (J.D., 1971); National Moot Court Team

Affiliations, Achievements and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA for the practice area of  General Commercial Litigation
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® since 1991 and named Best Lawyers' Baltimore Lawyer of the Year in 2015 for the practice of Personal Injury Defense
  • Named to the "Top 10" List in Maryland Super Lawyers 2015
  • Board of Directors, Maryland Professionalism Center (established by the Maryland Judiciary)
  • 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 Council (1981-Present)
  • Member, Maryland Association for Justice (1995 -Present)
  • Member, American Association for Justice (1995- Present)
  • Member, Baltimore City Criminal Defense Attorneys (1995-Present)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association (1995-Present)
  • Member, The Sheldon Society (1994)
  • Member, American Society for Legal History (1994)
  • 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