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Leizer Z Goldsmith

About me

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 then advocated for children and families in the Washington, D.C. child abuse and neglect system. 


I love my practice representing employees and job applicants in the Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere 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.







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Practice areas


  1. Sexual Harassment: 20%
    28 years
  2. Discrimination: 20%
    28 years
  3. Employment: 20%
    28 years
  4. Wrongful Termination: 15%
    28 years
  5. Other: 25%
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  • Ari M Wilkenfeld

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    Ari Wilkenfeld Employment and labor Attorney
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    I have known Leizer Goldsmith in a professional capacity for more than ten years. As a former employee, I have seen him interact with clients up close and personal. Not only is Leizer personable and client-focused, he is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about employment law. Leizer is a tenacious litigator (see: Friolo v. Frankel, 819 A.2d 354 (2003) and its aftermath) and advocate. Bottom line: Leizer is the lawyer I would use if I ever required the services of an employment lawyer.


    Regina-Lyn Schowalter Government Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

The Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC

5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW Suite 440
Washington, DC, 20015

The Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC

5613 Warwick Place
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

The Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC

5335 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 440
Washington, DC, 20015



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Lawyer of the Year-- See Washington Employment Lawyers Association2005
Among Washington's Top Employment LawyersWashingtonian Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Goldsmith Law Firm LLC1992 - 2014
AssociateConnerton, Ray & Simon1989 - 1991
Appellate AttorneyNational Labor Relations Board1988 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationBoard Member1999 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1993 - Present
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1992 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Foster v. University of Maryland Eastern Shore$125,000.00 jury verdicat after summary judgment Reversed by United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Philbrick v. HolderSummary Judgment Reversed by United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Case then settled
Two Claimants v. Major Hotel ChainArbitrator Awards to Each Claimant: $150,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
MSBA Maryland Employment Law DeskbookAttorney's Fees [Fee-Shifting to Losing Defendant]2014
Maryland Trial ReporterCourt of Appeals Weighing Writ Of Certiorari On Shifting Attorneys’ Fees Incurred2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of MichiganN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MWELA Luncheon SeminarWinning Methodologies for Proving Discrimination at Trial2016
Maryland Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceThe Year's Greatest Hits in Employment Law2015
Maryland Employment Lawyers Annual ConferenceFee-Shifting to Losing Defendant2014
Brown Bag LuncheonShifting Attorney's Fees to the Losing Defendant2014
Taking and Defending the Expert Deposition- Montgomery County BarTaking and Defending the Expert Deposition2011
Maryland State Bar Association Annual ConferenceAttorneys Fees in Employment Litigation: A Review of the Law of Attorneys’ Fees in the Maryland and Federal Courts2007
Maryland Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceFriolo v. Frankel Attorneys' Fee Litigation2007
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference"Trial Do's"2005
Maryland Employment Lawyers Association Inaugural ConferenceWinning Attorneys’ Fees in Maryland2005
Litigating And Resolving Employment Cases: A View From The BenchEvidence - Recurrent Issues2005
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Annual ConferenceLaw Practice Management2003
"How to Beat Summary Judgment in the Post-Reeves Era."Moderator of Panel Discussion on Defeating Employer Efforts to Dismiss Employment Discrimination Cases Without Trial2002
United States Department of the Interior EEO ConferenceThe Employee's Perspective on the EEO Process2000
NELA FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RIGHTS FORUM"Creating a Successful Practice Representing Federal Employees2000
MWELA Brown Bag Lunch SeriesWinning Verdict in Walker v. West2000
Montgomery County Bar Association BreakfastMerriex v. Beale Sexual Harassment Case2000
DFAS Advanced EEO Training Conference“Perspective of the EEO Counseling Process as an Employees’ Representative “1996
National DFAS EEO Training ConferenceKeynote Speaker1995