Joe Sandler is a member of the firm Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C., in Washington, D.C., concentrating in campaign finance, election law, non-profit organizations, government ethics and regulation of lobbying and corporate and tax issues affecting political and advocacy activities.
Mr. Sandler has been named in the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in America; in Washington, D.C.’s “SuperLawyers” for Political Law for the years 2007 through 2012; as one of the nation’s leading lawyers in political law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; and as one of Washington D.C.’s top lawyers by Washingtonian magazine (2007, 2009-12).
From 1978 to 1986, Mr. Sandler was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arent, Fox, concentrating in antitrust, international trade and commercial law.
From 1986 to 1989, he served as staff counsel for the Democratic National Committee, with responsibility for delegate selection, campaign finance, party rules and federal and state election law matters. He was general counsel of the Rules and Credentials Committees for the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
From 1989 through 1992 Mr. Sandler was counsel to, then a partner of, the law firm Arent Fox. While in private practice at Arent Fox from 1989 to 1993, Mr. Sandler was general counsel of the Democratic Governors Association and general co-counsel of the Association of State Democratic Chairs
From 1993 until 1998, Mr. Sandler served as in-house general counsel of the Democratic National Committee and he continued to serve as general counsel of the DNC through his law firm through 2008. Mr. Sandler served as general counsel of the 1996 Democratic National Convention and as outside counsel to the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions. In November and December of 2000, Mr. Sandler was a member of the core legal/litigation team in Tallahassee for the Gore/Lieberman Recount Committee.
Mr. Sandler is former co-chair of the Election Law Committee of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association
In 2012-11, Mr. Sandler served as co-chair of the Task Force on Lobbying Regulation of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is former co-chair of the Election Law Committee of the Administrative Law Section and previously chaired the task force on reform of the Foreign Agents Registration Act for the International Trade Committee of the ABA’s Section on International Law. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, he taught courses, as an adjunct professor, on regulation of government influence, at William & Mary Law School and in 2010, at University of Pittsburgh Law School.
Mr. Sandler is the co-author of Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002: Law and Explanation (CCH 2002) and he co-authored the Election Law chapter in the ABA Section’s Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2000-2001. Mr. Sandler wrote the chapter on election law aspects of the 2007 ethics and lobbying reform law for The Lobbying Manual (4th ed. 2009); and of chapters on congressional ethics and the Foreign Agents Registration Act for The Lobbying Manual (1st Ed. 1993), both published by the ABA Administrative Law Section. He authored several entries in The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (CQ Press 2008); has published a variety of articles on campaign finance and election law; and has spoken on panels on campaign finance law and campaign finance reform sponsored by bar associations and advocacy organizations and guest lectured at numerous law schools.
In 2011, Mr. Sandler was appointed by the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates to serve on the Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law, established by the Maryland General Assembly.
Mr. Sandler was elected to serve President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington beginning in July 2012, and previously served as Vice Chair of JCRC and as co-chair of its Maryland Commission.
Mr. Sandler graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in 1975 and from Harvard Law School with honors in 1978.