Attorney Profile

Paul Mark Sandler, Chair of the General Litigation Group at Shapiro Sher, is a trial lawyer who has developed a national reputation for successfully representing notable clients in trial and appellate courts. He is known for his thorough representation of clients, as evidenced by his remarkable courtroom victories. He 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 matters, personal injury lawsuits, and 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. He 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." 

Mr. Sandler has published numerous books covering a variety of legal topics including pleadings, trials, appeals, and argument and persuasion. He writes a monthly column on trial advocacy for The Daily Record. Mr. Sandler has also lectured at numerous law schools throughout the United States, and he often speaks to local bar groups on trials and appeals. 

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. 

Mr. Sandler is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the creator of the Litigation Institute for Trial Training, an annual educational program for young lawyers. 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. 

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 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

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​.

April 26, 2019
Chambers USA 2019 names Shapiro Sher among leading firms

Chambers USA, a preeminent guide to the U.S. legal industry, has released its 2019 rankings, identifying five Shapiro Sher partners in its survey of Maryland lawyers.

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.

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

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.