THE COLLEGE OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS ANNOUNCES LEIZER GOLDMITH'S ELECTION AS A FELLOW
Annapolis, MD, June 13, 2020: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is proud
to announce the election of Leizer Z. Goldsmith as a new Fellow. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one's colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.
The twenty-fifth installation of Fellows was scheduled for November 14, 2020 in Beverly Hills, CA; however due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this event is being rescheduled for a future date still to be determined. The annual induction dinner is traditionally held coincident with the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section's Continuing Legal Education Conference. With the current installation, the College is represented by almost sixteen hundred members in forty-six states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and eight Canadian Provinces.
The College was the vision of a number of the Fellows. The idea was to further establish this profession in all its aspects as one uniquely important to the world of labor and employment law, individual rights, collective bargaining and dispute resolution. The College was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of The Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. It operates as a free standing organization recognizing those who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field.
MR. GOLDSMITH TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE PREGNANT EMPLOYEES' RIGHTS
In March 2019, Firm Principal Leizer Goldsmith testified twice, before both Maryland House and Senate committees in support of HOUSE BILL 1109 and its senate corollary. Existing law protects pregnant employees who incur complications in their pregnancies. The new bills were necessary but failed. They had sought to expand Maryland law to require reasonable accommodations to all pregnant employees with a medical need for accommodation—not just those who already had complications. The effort in this matter was organized by the Women's Law Center of Maryland, and Mr. Goldsmith intends to continue to be active in support of this cause.
MR. GOLDSMITH AND HIS BURKE CO-COUNSEL, PRESENT CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM ON OBTAINING NON-FINANCIAL RELIEF IN DISCRIMINATION CASES
On January 16, 2019, Leizer Goldsmith, along with Burke case co-counsel Jacob Small and Benjamin Inman, presented to the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association on the topic of non-financial relief in discrimination cases.
FIRM FILES TITLE VII, TITLE IX SUIT AGAINS UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND ON BEHALF OF MEDICAL RESEARCHER
On August 2, 2018, the Firm sued the University of Maryland Medical School and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, for sexual harassment, on behalf of Plaintiff Carly Goldstein, a medical researcher. Ms. Goldstein is alleging that the University failed to sufficiently respond to numerous complaints that she was harassed by a professor who managed the research she was working on.
MR. GOLDSMITH AND HIS CO-COUNSEL ACHIEVE SIGNIFICANT PRECEDENTIAL SUCCESS, AS FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS REVIEW OF FEDERAL AGENCY EEO OFFICE IN AFTERMATH OF RETALIATION PLAINTIFF'S SUCCESSFUL JURY VERDICT
On January 23, 2018, United States District Judge Liam O'Grady, responding to evidence previously presented to a jury and a Motion referencing it that was drafted by Mr. Goldsmith and attorneys Jacob Small and Benjamin Inman, ordered the Defense Security Service (“DSS”) to obtain a full review of its EEO office by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The precedential opinion may be of help to future discrimination victims seeking to obtain improvements in employer EEO compliance as well as the more typical personal relief.
MR. GOLDSMITH AND HIS CO-COUNSEL, JACOB SMALL AND BENJAMIN INMAN, PREVAIL IN OBTAINING RETALIATION JURY VERDICT
In November 2017, a jury at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, found in favor of Ms. Patricia Burke, finding that Defense Security Service (“DSS”) had subjected her to a hostile work environment in the form of retaliatory harassment her protected complaints of gender discrimination.
MR. GOLDSMITH WILL SHARE SOME WINNING METHODOLOGIES FOR PROVING DISCRIMINATION AT TRIAL BEFORE THE METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
On February 2, 2016, Leizer Z. Goldsmith will be making a presentation before the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association Luncheon Seminar. The subject is Winning Methodologies for Proving Discrimination at Trial.
MR. GOLDSMITH'S RECENT SUCCESS AT THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT WAS DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE YEAR'S “GREATEST HITS”
On November 13, 2015, Leizer Z. Goldsmith made a presentation to the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association at its annual conference. The subject was Mr. Goldsmith's recent success at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Foster v. University of Maryland Eastern Shore, which was described in the event program as one of the year's “greatest hits.” In the case, the Firm's client, police officer Iris Foster, won reversal of a trial judge's motion for summary judgment in an employment retaliation case, and in the process succeeded in establishing or reinforcing several key points of law regarding retaliation cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF MARYLAND HAILS FRIOLO VICTORY
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has expressed great satisfaction with the result in Friolo at the Court of Appeals. Thanks to them for their support. ACLU of Maryland Legal Docket
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH ADDRESSES MARYLAND STATE BAR ASSOCIATION ON ATTORNEYS' FEES ISSUES
On June 14, 2007, Leizer Z. Goldsmith appeared as a panelist at the Maryland State Bar Association's annual convention in Ocean City, Maryland, in a discussion on the subject of “Attorneys Fees in Employment Litigation: A Review of the Law of Attorneys' Fees in the Maryland and Federal Courts.” Maryland State Bar Association Section Of Labor and Employment Law
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH IS HONORED AS “LAWYER OF THE YEAR” BY THE METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
On February 23, 2005, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association honored Leizer Z. Goldsmith as the 2005 Lawyer of the Year. MWELA President Linda Correia presented the award to Goldsmith at the organization's annual luncheon. Correia cited several of the Goldsmith Law Firm's recent litigation successes, and noted that several have been accomplished on behalf of indigent or low income clients who might not have been able to obtain representation without The Goldsmith Law Firm or a similar firm. Correia generously referred to Goldsmith as “the king of summary judgment,” in recognition of his many successes in preventing employers from having their employees' and former employees' suits thrown out of court without trial. In accepting the award, Goldsmith attributed much of his success to his practice of taking on cases for low and modest wage earners . After thanking his family, his clients and the many colleagues who have assisted him along the way, Goldsmith added that: “We are fortunate, indeed blessed, to live in a political/economic system that, for all its many faults-and there are many-still permits us to sometimes take on Wal-Mart or even the United States Government when it mistreats a single employee, no matter how low on the organizational chart. These types of victories may not each make profound social change, but I believe they do make this a better country, bit by bit.”
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH IS CHOSEN BY PEERS AS ONE OF WASHINGTON'S TOP EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS
Leizer Z. Goldsmith is one of the “top employment lawyers” in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, as reported in the December 2004 Washingtonian Magazine.Washingtonian states that it “contacted hundreds of attorneys in each of the specialties and asked which lawyer in their field-other than themselves-they would trust with their business. Lawyers with the most recommendations made the list.”
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH SERVES AS FEATURED SPEAKER ON LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT ISSUES
Leizer Z. Goldsmith was a featured panelist at the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Annual Conference, on March 20, 2003. The topic was law practice management. Mr. Goldsmith discussed various subjects including legal marketing and the application of information technologies in small law offices.
THE GOLDSMITH LAW FIRM CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY
In August 2002, The Goldsmith Law Firm celebrated its tenth anniversary.
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH MODERATES PANEL ON SUMMARY JUDGMENT
On January 17, 2002, Leizer Z. Goldsmith served as moderator at the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association's program on: “How to Beat Summary Judgment in the Post-Reeves Era.”
LAW CALL PROGRAM EXPIRES
At the end of 2000, WMAL's Law Call expired, ending Leizer Z. Goldsmith's run as a featured participant in the program. The call-in show had provided a unique opportunity for debate of employment-related issues of interest to the community, and was also an enjoyable experience. One major highlight was the appearance of lawsuit winner Clarence E. Walker, Jr., on the program in November 2000, when Mr. Walker described his experiences opposing discrimination and ultimately prevailing. Mr. Goldsmiththanks everyone involved in creating the program, and most importantly, the audience who supported it during its run.
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH ADDRESSES FEDERAL EEO OFFICIALS
On December 6, 2000, Leizer Z. Goldsmith addressed United States Department of the Interior EEO officials regarding the employee's perspective on the EEO process, in Washington, D.C.
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH SPEAKS ON WALKER CASE VICTORY
On December 5, 2000, Leizer Z. Goldsmith discussed his recent $150,000.00 jury verdict in United States District Court for the District of Columbia in the case of Walker v. West, in a brown bag lunch hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH REPRESENTS PLAINTIFF IN MAJOR JURY VERDICT
On October 30, 2000, a District of Columbia jury returned a verdict of $150,000.00 for compensatory damages, in favor of Clarence E. Walker, Jr., a housekeeper at the Department of Veterans Affairs' Washington Medical Center. The jury agreed with the argument presented by Leizer Z. Goldsmith on behalf of Mr. Walker, that the Agency denied Mr. Walker a promotion on account of his having made an earlier complaint of disability discrimination against his supervisor. The verdict has subsequently become a final judgment.
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH SPEAKS TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
On May 9, 2000 Leizer Z. Goldsmith and his colleagues from the 1999 trial in the District of Columbia Superior Court in the case of Merriex v. Beale, presented a discussion of the trial tactics and strategies employed in that case, to the Employment Law Section of the Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Association.
LEIZER Z. GOLDSMITH IS FEATURED SPEAKER AT NELA FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RIGHTS FORUM
Leizer Z. Goldsmith's panel discussion on “Creating a Successful Practice Representing Federal Employees, “at the National Employment Lawyers Association's program on “Litigating & Winning Federal Employee Rights Cases” on March 18, 2000 at the Chicago Allegro Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, was very successful. Approximately sixty federal sector employment attorneys participated in a dialogue regarding issues in representing federal employees in Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission proceedings, as well as in Court.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION/RETALIATION CASE SETTLED
In February 2000, the Goldsmith Law Firm successfully settled the case of Shipman v. Babbitt, a disability discrimination and retaliation case brought against the United States Department of the Interior. Shipman, a Park Service employee, obtained a promotion and significant financial compensation, as a result of the Agency's failure to promote him in the early 1990's.