Attorney Profile

Paul Mark Sandler is a veteran trial lawyer, author, and educator. Over four decades, he established a national reputation for his representation of notable clients in trial and appellate courts, and for his many books on trial advocacy. He regularly speaks to bar associations on trial technique and is the founder of a national trial-training program for young lawyers. 

Mr. Sandler represented plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of civil lawsuits, including land-use and zoning matters, personal injury lawsuits, and unusual constitutional law cases. He 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.

Mr. Sandler has published numerous books covering a variety of legal topics including pleadings, trials, appeals, and argument and persuasion. Founder and first chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Litigation Section, Mr. Sandler continues to be active in 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.

Mr. Sandler is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the creator of the Litigation Institute for Trial Training, a regular educational program for young lawyers. In 2003, he was presented with a Leadership in Law Award by The Daily Record of Maryland.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Sandler contributes time to many Maryland organizations. He serves on the Board of Governors of Stevenson University, and 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 former member of the Foundation Board of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.


  • 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
  • Board of Directors, Former Member, Maryland Professionalism Center (established by the Maryland Judiciary)'
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Co-Chair, MSBA Special Committee on Voir Dire
  • Founder, first chair, and member, MSBA Litigation Section
  • 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, Former Member (1993- Present)
  • Foundation Board, Former Member, Saint Joseph Hospital

Books Published

News & Publications

April 24, 2020
Shapiro Sher Recognized as Leading Firm in Chambers USA 2020

Chambers USA, a preeminent guide to the U.S. legal industry, has released its 2020 rankings, naming five Shapiro Sher attorneys in its survey of Maryland lawyers.

August 01, 2019
Paul Mark Sandler on Witness Deposition Prep

An installment from Paul Mark Sandler's monthly column on trial advocacy for The Daily Record.

May 30, 2019
Paul Mark Sandler on Persuasion: Connecting with Your Listener

An installment from Paul Mark Sandler's monthly column on trial advocacy for The Daily Record:

May 29, 2019
Capone Sees His Day in Court

​Paul Mark Sandler's play "The Trial of Al Capone" was performed at Stevenson University on May 18​.

January 22, 2019
Paul Mark Sandler on Emotion in the Courtroom

An installment from Paul Mark Sandler's monthly column on trial advocacy for The Daily Record.

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 nine-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.

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