Rene (pronounced Ree-nee) Sandler joined Houlon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein & Sandler, LLC as a partner on July 1, 2016. She has been an attorney in the State of Maryland since 1994, and has regularly handled high-profile criminal cases and cases of public interest.
Rene’s cases have been featured on Sixty Minutes, Geraldo, CNN, Nancy Grace, Fox and Friends, and MSNBC among others. She regularly appears on HLN’s Nancy Grace and other local and national news outlets as a legal expert, including NBC 4 in Washington, D.C. where she is a legal analyst.
Rene is known for providing great skill, care, strategy, and knowledge in all of her cases, particularly with the immediacy and irreparable nature of cases involving children. She has consistently been recognized as a top trial lawyer including being named to the Top 30 Best Lawyers in the Washington Metropolitan area by Washingtonian Magazine, Maryland SuperLawyers® and Top 50 Women Lawyers in Maryland, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and more.
In June 2010, Rene was certified as a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for achieving a verdict, award, or settlement in the amount of one million dollars and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for achieving a verdict, award, or settlement in the amount of two million dollars or more.
Following law school, Rene clerked for the Hon. S. Michael Pincus in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County then joined the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor. Rene has been in private practice since 1996 and is admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland, United States District Court, Maryland, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, United States District Court, Western District of New York, United States District Court, District of Colorado, and United States Supreme Court. Rene is a member of numerous organizations, including the Maryland State and Montgomery County Bar Associations.
Rene obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Science Degree in Justice from the American University. Rene also completed a Comparative Corrections Institute at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England during graduate school. Rene attended the District of Columbia School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor Degree, Magna Cum Laude.
Rene practices in the following areas: