Firm Profile

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP


1800 M Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036-5807
United States
(202) 778.1800

Firm Details

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP is a nationally recognized litigation firm that represents individual and institutional clients in complex, highly contested civil and criminal cases. With offices in Washington, DC; New York; Tampa; and Baltimore, our firm is involved in many of the most significant and topical litigation matters across the country.

Our clients often turn to us to resolve their most challenging legal problems. They do so in part because we count among our ranks many of the nation’s most distinguished lawyers, including former federal prosecutors and public defenders as well as attorneys who have served in key roles on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, and in state government, and who have held top positions in corporate legal departments.

The remarkable experience of our attorneys is second only to the depth of their expertise. Lawyers at Zuckerman Spaeder offer substantive knowledge that encompasses such diverse areas as FDA law, legal and professional ethics, health care fraud, bankruptcy litigation, tax controversy, intellectual property, American Indian law, and executive-level employment law, among others.

Our firm thrives in those particular cases in which civil litigation and business counseling intersect with white collar investigations and issues of regulatory compliance. We frequently represent clients who are simultaneously involved in these challenging forums, sometimes in cases of national significance.

Zuckerman Spaeder was founded in Washington, DC in 1975 by a highly cohesive group of lawyers with backgrounds as Assistant U.S. Attorneys and public defenders, all devoted to exceptional client commitment. Since then, we have grown because of the recognition that our work has received and because of the addition of exceptional attorneys who share our founding values: a commitment to excellence in the service of our clients; a commitment to decency and fairness in our relationships with our adversaries; and an unqualified and overarching commitment to the full and fair administration of justice.

Zuckerman Spaeder’s track record and philosophy have garnered significant recognition from the national legal community. Our firm has been named to The National Law Journal’s “Midsize Hot List” every year since 2010, and was recognized as a finalist for “Litigation Boutique of the Year” by The American Lawyer in 2005 and 2009, both times the competition was held. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report recognized Zuckerman Spaeder as one of 27 law firms ranked in the top tier nationally for commercial litigation. Zuckerman Spaeder is also the top-listed firm for white collar criminal defense in Best Lawyers, with more attorneys recognized in that category than any other firm in the country.

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Top Listed National Awards

  • Top Listed in the United States in Criminal Defense: White-Collar with 21 lawyers

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Florida in Criminal Defense: White-Collar with 6 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Maryland in Criminal Defense: White-Collar with 4 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Tampa in Criminal Defense: White-Collar with 6 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Baltimore in Criminal Defense: White-Collar with 4 lawyers


  • Midsize Hot List, The National Law Journal
  • Litigation Boutique of the Year, Finalist, The American Lawyer
  • Midsize Hot List, The National Law Journal
  • Midsize Hot List, The National Law Journal
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
  • Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year, District of Columbia Bar
  • Beacon of Justice Award, National Legal Aid and Defender Association
  • Litigation Boutique of the Year, Finalist, The American Lawyer
  • Midsize Hot List, The National Law Journal


  • Allion Healthcare, Inc.
  • Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
  • Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Maggio + Kattar PC
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals
  • Oneida Nation of New York
  • Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited
  • Serenity Pharmaceuticals
  • Skandia
  • The Hartford
  • Total Wine & More
  • Townsend Capital
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
  • Willis


Morris "Sandy" Weinberg, Jr.
Health Care
William W. Taylor, III
High End Litigation
Michael R. Smith
Indian Law
Carl S. Kravitz
Litigation Department Chair
Marshall S. Wolff
Real Estate

Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Mediation
  • Native American Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Office Locations

United States

United States

District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Washington, DC

1800 M Street, NW, Suite 1000

Washington, DC 20036-5807

United States

(202) 778.1800

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Tampa, FL

101 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1200

Tampa, FL 33602-5838

United States

(813) 221.1010

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Baltimore, MD

100 East Pratt Street, Suite 2440

Baltimore, MD 21202-1031

United States

(410) 332.0444

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New York

New York

New York, NY

485 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10022-5871

United States

(212) 704.9600

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