Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 22, 1962
- 1988, Massachusetts
- 1989, District of Columbia
- 1992, Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth and District of Columbia Circuits;
- 1995, U.S Supreme Court
- University of Michigan (B.A., 1985)
- Boston College (J.D., 1988)
Leizer Goldsmith has recently achieved widespread recognition on account of his advocacy for clients in successfully obtaining a million dollar-plus verdict in an employment discrimination case, and for twice winning at the Maryland Court of Appeals (state supreme court). He has achieved the “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, that company's highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. He won the 2005 Lawyer of the Year award from the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association for outstanding legal work representing employees and appeared in the 2004 Washingtonian Magazine as a “Washington's Top Lawyers” winner. Mr. Goldsmith was previously featured on the WMAL radio call-in program: “Law Call” and appears frequently as a speaker on employment law topics at various professional conferences and other events.
Mr. Goldsmith represents clients in employment matters arising in both the private and public sectors and provides full service legal representation, from the initial phases of an employment dispute through the resolution of any appeals, in matters of various kinds, including:
- Sexual Harassment
- Contracts and Severance Agreements
- Fair Labor Standards
- Civil Service
Mr. Goldsmith has practiced law in Washington, D.C. since 1988. Since founding his own firm in 1992, Mr. Goldsmith has vigorously and successfully represented employees in matters. Mr. Goldsmith's services include both trial work, where he has won numerous notable jury verdicts, and appellate litigation in the federal and local courts, where he has successfully obtained reversals of trial court errors and protected clients' trial-level victories. He has also performed successfully before various administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Mr. Goldsmith also writes and lectures on employment law topics.
Mr. Goldsmith 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 Appeals.
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.
Leizer Z. Goldsmith's Background and Mission Statement
I grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1980, where I graduated from the University of Michigan's residential college. While in Ann Arbor, I was also a taxicab driver for Ann Arbor Yellow Cab, a music reviewer for the Ann Arbor News, a record store clerk, and a disc jockey at WCBN radio and numerous clubs and private parties. During my subsequent years at Boston College Law School, I was a student intern at both the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and the United Auto Workers headquarters. I settled in the Washington, D.C. area in 1988, when I began my legal career as an appellate litigator with the National Labor Relations Board, enforcing that Board's orders pertaining to disputes between employees and their unions and management. I later represented a major national labor union and advocated for children and families in the Washington, D.C. child abuse and neglect system.
I love my practice representing employees and job applicants who have been wronged. Although I typically represent individuals and small groups of employees, I have observed that there are numerous workplace injustices that occur repeatedly, and that there are structural barriers to employment justice in the United States that need to be counteracted. Informed by that recognition, I have worked persistently through the years to earn my reputation for tireless advocacy on behalf of my clients in all facets of employment litigation, including developing the factual record, opposing employer motions for summary judgment, trying cases, and contesting issues on appeal when necessary. I hope and believe that by helping to obtain justice in my clients' individual circumstances, I can do my small part to make the workplace more just.