Kenneth Sprang

Kenneth Sprang

Partner, Washington International Business Counsel, LLP
 

Currently employed at Washington International Business Counsel, LLP, Catholic University Columbus School of Law

Previous: Onit Digital, Inc., Psychiatric Institute of Washington, National Labor Relations Board, Barry University School of Law, Widener University School of Law, Bogin & Patterson, Cyclops Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

 

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    Summary

    Kenneth A. Sprang is one of the founding partners in Washington International Business Counsel, LLP, a boutique Washington, DC law firm, dedicated to providing business clients outstanding service at reasonable cost. Mr. Sprang counsels and represents both domestic and international clients regarding a wide range of corporate, business and transactional matters, as well as in labor and employment, employee benefits and real estate issues. Over the course of his 30 plus year career, Mr. Sprang has practiced with both large and small firms, as well as serving as in house counsel for Fortune 500 companies and as general counsel to smaller companies. Mr. Sprang began his career with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a large, multi-national firm. Subsequently, he served as in house counsel in the legal departments of Calgon Corporation, a former subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., and Cyclops Corporation, a Fortune 500 specialty steel manufacturer. Later, Mr. Sprang founded legal departments and served as in-house general counsel for several start-up and other privately-held companies, including a hospital and a web-based company. Mr. Sprang has also spent several years as a full-time law professor, and continues teaching property law and a labor seminar as an Adjunct Professor at Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sprang provides clients counsel and representation in corporate governance; negotiation, drafting, and review of contracts, real estate documents, and other instruments; licensing, intellectual property matters; mergers and acquisitions; and federal and state regulatory compliance. He current serves as outside general counsel to several companies both domestic and international. Mr. Sprang also brings to his clients special expertise in labor and employment law. He represents employers and executives in traditional labor relations matters, as well as in wage and hour, employment discrimination, HR, employee benefits, OSHA, and other issues related to employment. In addition to representing clients in all aspects of U.S. labor and employment law (including specific state laws), he has served on the senior staff of the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board and taught the subject for many years. He is the author or co-author of several books and articles on labor and employment law and alternative dispute resolution. Illustrative clients include, a New York construction company, a magazine and online publisher, a manufacturer of isostatic presses, a Tunisian olive oil company, an education company, and a Dutch clothing company. Mr. Sprang’s community and pro bono endeavors are focused on children. Recently ended his term as a member of the Board of Directors of Kidsave International (Kidsave.org), an organization that helps move children in the U.S. and Colombia out of foster care and into adoptive families. Through Kidsave, in 2006 Mr. Sprang and his wife Carol adopted their now 15 year old son Christopher from Columbia. In addition, Mr. Sprang serves on the Board of and as General Counsel to Boys to Men International, which provides programs to support adolescent boys in the transition to adulthood. Areas of Practice Business and corporate law Corporate governance and compliance Mergers and acquisitions Licensing Trademarks Labor relations (including collective bargaining and arbitration) Employment law Federal and state employment law and regulations Employee benefits Regulatory compliance Business and real estate transactions, e.g., contracts

Experiences

Partner

At Washington International Business Counsel, LLP

From 2008 to Present
Part-time (2004-2008); Full-time (2008 - present) Private law practice specializing in general corporate and labor and employment work. I have served as counsel to a variety of domestic and international companies and nonprofit organizations, advising clients regarding business organization,...
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Adjunct Professor (part-time)

At Catholic University Columbus School of Law

From 2001 to Present
Regularly teach labor arbitration and collective bargaining. Have taught Property and Remedies.
 

Labor Counsel (2004-Present);; General Counsel (2005-2008)

At Psychiatric Institute of Washington

From November 2005 to March 2008
Labor Counsel (2004-Present); General Counsel (2005-2008 (part-time)) Established first Legal Department of this premier psychiatric hospital, bringing all legal work in house. Implemented policies and procedures for regulatory compliance, e.g., HIPPA, mental-health regulations; developed...
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Senior Vice-President, General Counsel & Secretary

At Onit Digital, Inc.

From 2007 to 2008
As first in house counsel of this rapidly growing, international interactive media and advertising company, began building legal department and served as trusted advisor to Board of Directors and fellow executives on all legal matters within the company. Successfully completed domestic and...
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Senior Counsel

At National Labor Relations Board

From 2000 to 2002
As member of senior staff of Chairman of the NLRB, recommended specific disposition of cases, sought to build support for Chairman’s views among other Board members, and drafted decisions and dissents for Chairman reflecting his style and views.
 

Associate Professor

At Barry University School of Law

From 1995 to 2000
Courses: Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Property, and Legal Research and Writing. Invited to serve as member of inaugural faculty. Held multiple administrative positions in this new law school.
 

Associate Professor

At Widener University School of Law

From 1988 to 1995
Courses: Labor Law, Comparative Labor and Employment Law, Property Law, Family Law and Civil Procedure. Developed distinguished summer school program in Geneva, Switzerland by implementing team-teaching with Swiss faculty and overseeing logistical coordination; identified by ABA as one of the...
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Partner

At Bogin & Patterson

From 1985 to 1988
Founded firm’s labor and employment practice. Work included general corporate and real estate work for both non-profit and for-profit clients, and labor and employment representation. Spearheaded successful private securities offering by local community development enterprise, working with and...
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Attorney

At Cyclops Corporation

From 1981 to 1983
Advised eight divisions and executives of this Fortune 300 specialty steel company. Responsible for diverse in house matters and all labor relations and employment law issues. Successfully brought employment and labor matters in-house, including employment discrimination, OSHA, workers’...
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Attorney and Assistant Secretary

At Merck & Co., Inc.

From 1980 to 1981
Served as counsel to Calgon Corporation, a subsidiary of this leading pharmaceutical company, advising Personnel and Engineering Departments. Advised on environmental matters, prepared licensing agreements, and ensured highest level of regulatory compliance. Provided effective leadership in...
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Associate

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

From 1978 to 1980
Represented corporate clients in employment and labor issues and general litigation matters for this prestigious international firm. Achieved important victory for joint pension fund client, by drafting well-crafted brief addressing complex Labor Management Relations Act issues. Facilitated...
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Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

Law, Case Western Reserve University

From 1975 to 1978
LAW - Order of the Coif; Associate Editor Law Review; Research, Advocacy and Writing Instructor; Class Rank: 8/206
 

The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio

Education: English, Speech, Theatre, The Ohio State University

From 1965 to 1969
Education
 

Skills

 
  • Abogado
  • ADR
  • Attorney
  • Business
  • Droit
  • Droit de travail
  • Europe
  • French
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Centres d'intérêt

 
  • International travel (especially within Western Europe and Canada)
  • learning foreign languages and cultures.
  • psychology
  • theatre
  • travel in the United States