James Hammerschmidt

James Hammerschmidt

Co-President, Paley Rothman
  • Employment Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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Summary

Jim Hammerschmidt is Co-President of the firm, Co-Chair of the Employment Law group, and a member of its Litigation and Appellate Practice groups. His practice includes a range of commercial, corporate, and employment counseling and litigation, but his primary task is listening. The first thing Jim does when meeting with a client is ask, “What is your goal?” In doing this, Jim is able to determine the client’s expectations and whether we will be able to meet them. Only then can he really set about meeting his clients’ business needs.
Jim has extensive experience representing and counseling clients on employment law issues. He represents clients in federal and state court, as well as before agencies such as the EEOC, Department of Labor, and local and state human rights commissions and labor departments. He handles claims arising under Title VII, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Wage Payment and Collection Law, and Wage and Hour Law statutes, including class actions. Jim’s clients often need counseling and litigation on a wide range of employment issues, such as breach of contract, wrongful termination, trade secret claims, and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. In addition to litigation, Jim provides daily advice to clients dealing with difficult employees and employee discipline, and his role as Co-President of the firm puts him in a unique position to apply his internal experience to client issues. He also routinely assists clients in developing and implementing employment policies and practices, drafting employee manuals and preparing employment agreements.
Jim’s general civil litigation and appellate practice includes matters involving real estate, land development, breach of contract, trusts and estates, construction, shareholder disputes, business disputes, protection of trade secrets and confidential information among many others. His critical attention to detail and access to a strong litigation department puts clients at ease.

Education
Saint Louis University School of Law
J.D. (1993)
Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: - Executive Editor of the Public Law Review - Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association’s Fidelity and Surety Law - Trial Advocacy Team member - Alpha Sigma Nu National Honor Society
Washington University in St. Louis
B.S.B.A. (1988)
Professional Experience
Co-President
Paley Rothman
Current
Awards
Best Law Firms – (2013-2018)
U.S. News & Best Lawyers
- Tier 2 National Ranking for Litigation - Labor & Employment - Tier 3 National Ranking for Employment Law - Management - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Litigation - Labor & Employment - Tier 2 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Employment Law - Management
Best Lawyers in America - (2016-2018)
Best Lawyers
Maryland Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
Maryland Super Lawyers
Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
“President’s Citation for Outstanding Service”
Bar Association of Montgomery County
Professional Associations
Maryland State Bar
Member
Current
Bar Association of Montgomery County
- Chair, Budget Committee (present) - Member, Strategic Planning Committee (2013-present)
Current
Activities: Treasurer, Montgomery County Bar Foundation (2014-2015) - Treasurer (2013-2014) - Treasurer-Elect (2012-2013) - Member, Executive Committee (2006-2008) - Committee Co-Chair, Bar Foundation Fall Outing Golf & Tennis Classic (2004-2008) - Member, Judicial Panel Selection Committee (2001-2004) - Co-Chair, Employment Law Section (2000-2001) - Co-Chair, District Court Mediation Program (1998-2001)
Maryland State Bar Association
- Member, Special Committee on Voir Dire (2012-present) - Member, Labor & Employment Law Section Council (2004-2016)
Current
Federal Bar Association
- Board Member, Foundation of Federal Bar Association (2014-present) - Board Member, Labor and Employment Section (2005-present) - Board Member, National Convention Committee (2011-2014) - Chairman of the Board, Board of Governors Maryland
Current
American Bar Association
- Member, Litigation and Employment Law Sections
Current
Activities: - Past Contributing Editor, Employment Discrimination Law (3d Ed.) and Annual Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation
The American Employment Law Council
- Member (2013-present) - Advisory Board Member (2017)
Current
District of Columbia Bar
Member
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
Maryland
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
Additional Practice Areas
  • Litigation: Business
  • Litigation: Individual
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Contact & Map
Paley Rothman
4800 Hampden Lane
6th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
USA
Telephone: (301) 656-7603
Fax: (301) 654-7354