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
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
http://www.salon.com/2015/02/24/your_hr_department_doesnt_give_a_damn_how_corporate_overseers_exploit_american_workers_partner/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 17, 2015
My answer to: Can I be discriminated against for having a medical condition in which I cannot lift over 15l... http://rpx.me/1/Ude8l— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 8, 2015
My answer to: After your settlement agreement for mediation and not receiving your settlement can you go ba... http://rpx.me/1/Ade8l— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) April 8, 2015
My answer to: Subject to PIP with unreasonable objectives, no help, singled out, I have proof of sabotage, ... http://rpx.me/1/krQw— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) December 17, 2014
My answer to: I feel that I am being discriminated at work due to my recently diagnosed early Parkinson's D... http://rpx.me/1/UhGw— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) December 1, 2014
Please check out my answer on @Avvo to: Wrongful termination due to an illness http://rpx.me/1/HHiw— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) October 28, 2014
My answer on @Avvo to: Is it right for my employer to tell me I can not do a job I have been doing for 5 + ... http://rpx.me/1/tHiw— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) October 28, 2014
See my answer on @Avvo to: Fired as a retaliation ! http://rpx.me/1/cj_v— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) October 15, 2014
Please see my answer on @Avvo to: Do I need to get a lawyer http://rpx.me/1/Yi_v— Leizer Goldsmith (@leizergoldsmith) October 15, 2014