About Leizer GoldsmithThe Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC, which has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest ("AV") rating for ethical standards and legal ability, represents clients in employment matters arising in both the private and public sectors, and provides full service legal representation in matters relating to the employment relationship, including:
Contracts and Severance Agreements
Fair Labor Standards
Federal Employee Rights
The firm's primary focus is in representing employees and former employees in the courts and before various administrative agencies.
Leizer Z. Goldsmith, Principal of the firm, received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, in 1985, and his J.D. from Boston College of Law School in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court and several United States Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Goldsmith has practiced law in Washington, D.C. since 1988. Since founding his own firm in 1992, Mr. Goldsmith has successfully represented employees in matters arising in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Goldsmith's services include both trial and appellate litigation, in the federal and local courts, as well as before various administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Mr. Goldsmith also advises clients in employment disputes that do not result in litigation. Mr. Goldsmith lectures on employment law topics.
Mr. Goldsmith won a jury verdict of $1,350,000.00 in an employment discrimination case in 2008, which was upheld in 2009 by the trial judge and is final. Mr. Goldsmith has also won twice recently for employees before the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. He has an AV rating,the highest available from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized as among the top 5% of Washington, D.C. attorneys by "Super Lawyers." The December 2004 Washingtonian reported that Mr. Goldsmith was voted by other employment lawyers as one of Washington's top practitioners in the field, someone to whom they would entrust their own business.
Mr. Goldsmith is a member of the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
- Appeals & Appellate
- Civil Rights
- Employment Law
- Gov & Administrative Law
- Legal Malpractice
Additional Practice Areas
- D.C. Human Rights Act
- EEO; Federal Employees; Civil Service; MSPB
- Whistleblower Protection
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|The Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC|
|Boston College Law School - Boston College||J.D. (1988)||Law|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||B.A.||Social Science|
|Lawyer of the Year, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association|
|Board Member, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association|
|Member, District of Columbia Bar|
|Explanation of Employment At Will|
Explanation of Employment At Will
Responding to a question, Plaintiff employment lawyer Leizer Goldsmith explains application of the ...Responding to a question, Plaintiff employment lawyer Leizer Goldsmith explains application of the concept of "employment at will" Hide
|Leizer Goldsmith Debates Requiring An Employee With Disability To Work 50 or 60 Hours Per Week|
Leizer Goldsmith Debates Requiring An Employee With Disability To Work 50 or 60 Hours Per Week
Can An Employee With A Disability Be Required To Work 50 or 60 Hours Per Week?
|Employment Case: Is Bias Favoring Employee Who Is Sleeping With The Boss Discrimination?|
Employment Case: Is Bias Favoring Employee Who Is Sleeping With The Boss Discrimination?
Discussion on the following question: Is it unlawful discrimination if the employer (male) selects ...Discussion on the following question: Is it unlawful discrimination if the employer (male) selects a female with whom he is sleeping for the job, instead of a well-qualified male with whom he does not sleep? Hide
|Leizer Goldsmith Debates Proving Discrimination Cases By Inferential Proof|
Leizer Goldsmith Debates Proving Discrimination Cases By Inferential Proof
Discussion of Reeves v. Sanderson decision by the United States Supreme Court-- How is a ...Discussion of Reeves v. Sanderson decision by the United States Supreme Court-- How is a discrimination case proved by inferential proof? Hide
|Leizer Goldsmith Debates Mandatory Transfer of Disabled Employees|
Leizer Goldsmith Debates Mandatory Transfer of Disabled Employees
Can the employer compel a disabled employee to transfer to a different job?
|Leizer Goldsmith Discusses Employees' Right to Overtime|
Leizer Goldsmith Discusses Employees' Right to Overtime
Attorney Leizer Goldsmith discusses exemptions from the overtime requirements
|Leizer Goldsmith Debates Presence of Co-Workers At Discipline Meetings|
Leizer Goldsmith Debates Presence of Co-Workers At Discipline Meetings
Discussion: May an employee demand that a co-worker be present for a disciplinary meeting?
Articles & Publications
Court of Appeals Weighing Writ Of Certiorari On Shifting Attorneys Fees Incurred
Maryland Trial Reporter
WEBSITES & BLOGS
Celtics beat podcast— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) June 30, 2015
Our client, Iris Foster, heads to trial after a major victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. http://www.hrlegalist.com/2015/05/employment-retaliation-claims-still-alive-and-well-and-potentially-dangerous/— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) May 29, 2015
My answer to: Need a lawyer for discrimination in the Maryland area. Need to know what my rights are for a ... http://rpx.me/1/iJv8l— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 27, 2015
My answer to: Do I need to sue my previous employer for discrimination? http://rpx.me/1/7Ev8l— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 27, 2015
My answer to: I was sexually assaulted at work. Then terminated for accidentally missing a day I wasn't nor... http://rpx.me/1/XEv8l— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 27, 2015
My answer to: Is there an attorney who can handle a retaliation /ongoing denial of much deserved and overdu... http://rpx.me/1/uEv8l— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 27, 2015
My answer to: Hi, do non-profit employers with 500+ employees have to abide by the 'American with Disabilit... http://rpx.me/1/zBu8l— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 26, 2015
My answer to: What is reasonable monetary compensation in ADA discrimination/retaliation suit http://rpx.me/1/3at8l— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 24, 2015
My answer to: Up 4 Mediation for a discrimination case against an edu. inst, . I wanted to get resources a... http://rpx.me/1/i8s8l— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 24, 2015
RT @NickKristof: Great journalism and a horrifying read: The dismantling of workers comp across the US https://www.propublica.org/article/the-demolition-of-workers-compensation Man loses hand, offered hook— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 19, 2015