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Leizer Z Goldsmith

Employment and labor Attorney at Washington, DC

4.7   23 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 31 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 34 years
    Massachusetts - MA 35 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1989
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1988
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Leizer

Learn Leizer’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Discrimination
    I have successfully handled hundreds of employment discrimination and retaliation cases over the last quarter-century, under many different statutes. I have won significant relief for clients through jury trials, arbitrations, EEOC and MSPB administrative hearings, and on appeal.

    36 years

  2. Employment and labor
    I assist employees and former employees in handling situations such as firings, denied promotions, unpaid wages and wage theft, severance negotiations, retaliation, whistleblowing and harassment.

    36 years

  3. Sexual harassment
    I have won and settled many hostile environment and quid pro quo cases, not just occasioned by sexual harassment, but also racial, disability and other harassment. These cases are brought under Title VII, Title IX, ADA and local laws.

    36 years

  4. Wrongful termination
    When an employee is terminated unfairly, frequently it becomes my job to help determine which laws have been violated and how redress can be obtained. My firm and I devote many hours each week to this critical task.

    36 years

  5. Consumer protection
    I handle Whistleblower cases, including under statutes such as the False Claims Act, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, the District of Columbia Whistleblower Protection Act, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley

  6. Contracts and agreements
    I represent employees in obtaining severance, and in negotiating other employment agreements, including through mediations and other settlement opportunities

    36 years

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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The Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC
5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Suite 440
Washington, DC, 20015

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Posted by Tom | March 18, 2024
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ADA case against a state agency
Mr. Goldsmith represented me for a ADA case against a state law enforcement agency. The agency fought for 6 years to avoid going to discovery. Despite the hard, uphill fight against an agency that had unlimited funding to avoid accountability Mr. Goldsmith eventually had them requesting an opportunity to settle. Through his hard work and relentless efforts my reputation was cleared and I was able to move on.
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Posted by Carly | May 16, 2022
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A law firm that truly cares and fights to get justice for their clients!
I could not possibly recommend Leizer's firm and his team more. Having filed a case against a large government institution, I often felt hopeless and that I would never achieve any justice, but thanks to Leizer and Leanza, I was able to obtain a settlement and structural change that were huge wins! Beyond their brilliant legal strategies, they both demonstrated a level of care that encouraged other women to speak up and ensured everyone was comfortable throughout the process. If you have an employment case and need a legal team that will fight for you, this is the firm for you!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2020
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Leizer and Adam fought for me and I'm thankful
Adam and Leizer took my charges very seriously and worked tirelessly to make sure justice was served in my case. I didn't know what to expect, but these two gentlemen were efficient, effective, and empathetic throughout the process. I would recommend them to anyone who is in need of a tough firm that will fight for the rights of the people. Thank you for helping me get justice.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer
I hired Leizer as my defense attorney in a employment discrimination case. Leizer and his team worked extremely hard to ensure the best outcome for me and my family. Leizer is very professional and detailed in his cases and very knowledgeable. I am so grateful that I hired him and his team to represent me in my case. If you want the best results for your case hire The Goldsmith Lawfirm they are superb!
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Posted by Anita | January 24, 2020
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Terrific experience
I engaged Mr. Goldsmith's firm for a consultation regarding a failure-to-hire case. Mr. Goldsmith and his associate Leanza Bethel quickly familiarized themselves with the details of my case, asking outstanding questions that showed their attention to detail and understanding of both my situation and of the case law in this area. It is clear that everyone at Mr. Goldsmith's firm is passionate about this area of their practice, and that they truly care about their clients. I will not hesitate to recommend this firm and hope to engage them in my own case.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2019
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The best!!!
Let me say first that Mr. Goldsmith is the best attorney! He took my case of pregnancy discrimination and retaliation after another attorney just took my money and did nothing. With his diligent help and guidance, I was able to recoup what I lost and much more. I think most important was that he actually stopped and really listened to my plight and was genuinely interested in helping unlike the other guy. So yes I would highly recommend him with no hesitation. Dr Jones.
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Posted by Kira | July 16, 2019
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Very professional and knowledgable
I worked with Leizer on my case for almost 3 1/2 years. He's very knowledgable about the process and is very good at breaking down the law for the client to understand. He's also very good at discussing case strategy and will answer any questions you may have. If he takes your case, it means he's done his research and you can rest assured he's going to give you the time and dedication your case deserves.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2017
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Very professional and successful
Leizer has been perfect in my discrimination and employment case. He did handle with care, rigor and professionalism my case. He was accessible and very focused. He knows how and when to take critical decisions. He provides good and detailed guidance. He is a hard worker and a good negotiator who pays special attention to the critical elements of a case. I enjoyed working with him.
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Posted by Efrem & Iris Foster | March 15, 2016
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Leizer: A Man of Integrity
Many many thanks to Leizer, Adam, and Kyle for diligently fighting that eight-year battle to restore my wife's dignity and honor. My wife was fired unjustly after complaining about sexual harassment and then complaining about being retaliated against. Our lives were changed forever when the university terminated her for undocumented, frivolous and unjustified retaliatory reasons. The impact on our lives and finances was devastating. The humiliation of being terminated deeply wounded my wife’s morale, crushed her spirts and weakened her hopes of reemployment. Later, my wife was hired as a deputy sheriff at another agency one year after her successful and upward bound career was cruelly robbed from her, however the new journey to work was now over one hundred forty miles daily. As we struggled to make sense of why this was happening to us, the experienced and dedicated Goldsmith law firm mounted a decisive and strategic battle against an agency with upper level managers and director’s hell-bent on telling anything but the truth. The Goldsmith law firm fought our cause for eight years on an odyssey that would take the case through the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Leizer kept us informed about important events and proceedings the entire eight years. When we finally got our day in court, my wife and I did not know if the jury would be seduced by the web of lies and deception created by the university administrators. It turns out that the only people the university administrators were seducing was themselves. The lies and nonsensible deceptions spun by the three university administrators was methodically dissected and exposed as they were repeatedly impeached by Leizer and the Goldsmith law firm. During closing arguments, the university’s Attorney General told the jury that if they thought that the university’s three administrators had been lying during the weeklong trial, to reward my wife with a robust compensation. On Monday February 22, 2016, after two hours of deliberation, the jury granted the university attorney’s sarcastic wish. The jury returned a verdict in favor of my wife helping the Goldsmith law firm to restore my wife’s honor and respect as well as returning that eight-year badge of humiliation and shame to its rightful owners, the university’s administrators. We will be forever grateful to Leizer, Adam and Kyle for fighting for us when we were unable to fight for ourselves. We are also very thankful to Leizer’s wife Sharon and their prodigy law student daughter, Rayza for assisting during these difficult times. And now the healing begins. Forever Grateful, Efrem & Iris
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Posted by CGC | December 17, 2014
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I became a client of the Goldsmith firm in 2013. I had been wrongfully terminated from a company which had repeatedly practiced and fostered a very hostile and uncomfortable work environment both racially and religiously. To never have been subjected to such a situation and a termination in my career left me afraid, embarrassed, depressed and just plain scared to name a few. But truly, from the moment that I met my terrific attorney (Kyle Ingram), and Mr. Goldsmith I never ever ever had a single doubt concerning the outcome of my case. This firm, each and everyday, was always the absolute best and most professional. And I would recommend anyone and everyone that I know to not look for any others to handle your matter if they were in need of legal remedy of work place employment issues.
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Posted by Bridget | March 9, 2014
Great Law Firm
Mr. Goldsmith and Mr. Marker are one of a kind law firm. Best attorneys one could ever work with. By the time I found the Goldsmith Firm, or more like they found me, I was in a defeated - hopeless mode of giving up because no one listened to my cry for help. I'm grateful they took the time to listen and give excellent sound advice. They put the law knowledge into layman's terms for me to understand. They took the pressure off me and gave me peace during torrent times of working in a hostile environment. They gave me back my dignity, my self-worth; meaning no more balling tears every time my employer (management) knocked me down, which was/is daily; no more feeling like I'm standing alone; and no more feeling like I was nobody in what felt like a endless war. I don't know how to say it any different or better, the Goldsmith Law Firm are "excellent" in what they do. I want to end with a grateful "Thank You" for everything.
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Posted by Mike | January 26, 2014
Absolutely a five star attorney
I would absolutely recommend going with Mr. Goldsmith if you need an attorney. He is very professional and thorough. He also takes the time to think outside of the box to get things done instead of trying to make your situation fit in to something else. Other attorneys I spoke to tried to evaluate my situation to see if it could be a whistle blower case when it clearly wasn't. Mr. Goldsmith never went in that direction; he listened to me and thought of ideas specific to my situation. It was refreshing dealing with him, top notch attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2013
Character and Distinction
I was terminated from my former employer after complaining about being the victim of a hostile work environment. After I was dismissed, it was a living nightmare. My former employer repeatedly refused to even confirm that I had worked at the company – needless to say, it was very, very difficult to transition to a new position, or any position. Yet, this did not deter both Mr. Goldsmith and Mr. Marker, as they zealously represented me. I cannot thank them enough for going to bat for me, negotiating on positive terms and bringing my former employment living nightmare to closure. Communication is very, very crucial to a successful attorney-client relationship, (regardless of my ultimate, very favorable outcome). For in person communication, Mr. Goldsmith and Mr. Marker made me feel very comfortable as possible given the situation and we even had a few laughs, which is attributed to their good spirits. I left confident that I was in good hands. For written communications, both Mr. Goldsmith and Mr. Marker were very timely in their responsiveness and providing detailed information about my very specific questions. For example, Mr. Marker was constantly responding to my numerous emails and even responded well into the evening hours. Overall, Mr. Goldsmith and Mr. Marker’s communications in email, the occasional voicemail and in person meetings were reflective of responsiveness, compassion about my situation, and timeliness. In closure, Mr. Goldsmith and Mr. Marker’s counsel was priceless – both are attorneys of character and distinction.
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Posted by Gene | November 4, 2013
The Goldsmith Firm, LLC is the Absolute Best in the Business
Leizer Goldsmith and Adam Marker of The Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC, are amazing attorneys and great people. I first went for a consultation with Leizer when I felt that I was being discriminated against when applying for Federal jobs. He gave me excellent advice at that time but I chose not to file a formal complaint. Several years later as the discrimination continued we did file a formal complaint in 2003. Leizer and Adam were on top of every detail of the complaint and as the case went forward they conducted extensive investigations, numerous depositions, and were on top of my case every step of the way. They were constantly in touch with me regarding every aspect of my case and offered me excellent advice and counsel. They also know the system and players in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and that puts them far ahead of most other attorneys in that area. My case was interesting because an employee of the agency I was filing against was fired for supporting my claim of discrimination, and Leizer also represented her and reached a sizeable out of court settlement with the agency. Meanwhile, my case remained in the court system and I am happy to say that because of the hard work, dedication, and expertise of Leizer and Adam we were able to reach a substantial settlement in my case in August of this year. With that, I built a huge bonfire in my yard and burned over a decade’s worth of legal and court documents, and toasted Leizer and Adam for their great work and unyielding support. I cannot recommend Leizer and Adam highly enough and I would not hesitate to use them again or to send my friends and co-workers to them if they are in need of legal assistance. They are the absolute best at what they do in the Washington, D.C. area.
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Posted by Iris | July 31, 2011
Leizer Z Goldsmith set the standard for excellence
My case was very complicated. It involved sexual harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. I had been robbed of my dignity and self esteem. Leizer is an expert in representing these particular cases. He is very proficient, professional and competent. During my case he was always accessible to address my many questions and he kept me well informed. He led me through each phrase of my case making sure every deadline was adhered to. Leizer has set the standard of Excellence. I strong recommend Leizer.
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Posted by Neen | July 29, 2011
Leizer Goldsmith is highly recommended!
Leizer Goldsmith is an exceptional attorney. I am very satisfied with his representation. Leizer is readily available to answer your questions, address your concerns and always keeps you informed. His knowledge of employment law and general understanding of people gives him the edge over many other attorneys. He is passionate about his work and is totally dedicated to helping you in your fight for equality. I highly recommend Leizer Goldsmith to anyone who needs an employment discrimination lawyer!
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Posted by joan | July 26, 2011
an excellent employment law firm
Very responsive, well organized, and willing to fight for their clients. Pleasant and accessable to deal with. This firm has represented me since 2005 in an on-going employment law dispute.
Posted by Julie | July 24, 2011
Pregnancy Discrimination Case
The Goldsmith Law Firm handled a pregnancy discrimination case against my former employer. They were very knowledgeable with employment law and discrimination cases. They were also up to date with current changes and amendments which had occurred 6 weeks before my claim allowing me to be covered under the ADA. I received a response to my inquiry for legal guidance within hours of submitting it and was able to make an appointment for a consultation within a couple of days. Throughout the case they were quick to respond to e-mails and phone calls. They kept me up to date on the progress and were always professional and courteous. They helped reach a settlement agreement that I was happy with. Throughout the case they gave me options of how I would like things handled, giving their professional opinion without any pressuring. I would highly recommend them.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2009
During a traumatic and confusing time, Leizer was clear, patient, knowledgeable, and right on the money. He did the homework, saw things I wouldn't have even thought of, and managed to get was it was due to me. He is a just man that will do his best to bring justice to you. I hope I am never in the necessity of legal council. But, if I do, I wouldn't hesitate to call Leizer again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2009
Leizer Goldsmith is an excellent attorney.
Leizer Goldsmith is an excellent attorney. As a defendant, I came to Leizer after a former employer brought a suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference with a contract. We won the bulk of our case on summary judgment, and the balance of the case was dropped by the Plaintiff, avoiding a trial. Leizer always succinctly stuck to the facts and the law, but didn't lose sight of the big picture. He made an extra effort to address my many questions and concerns along the way. Leizer's motions and responses to Plaintiff's counsel were consistenly well researched, well written, and effective. At depositions, Leizer was well prepared, and obviously much more so than Plaintiff's counsel. Had we not won on summary judgment and been forced to proceed with a trial, I'm sure that Leizer would have prevailed in any event.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Goldsmith Law Firm LLC
  • 1992 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Connerton, Ray & Simon
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Appellate Attorney
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • 1988 - 1999


  • Boston College Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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. Holder
  • Summary Judgment Reversed by United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Case then settled
  • Two Claimants v. Major Hotel Chain
  • Arbitrator Awards to Each Claimant: $150,000.00
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  • Maryland Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year-- See
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2005
  • Among Washington's Top Employment Lawyers
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2004
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  • MSBA Maryland Employment Law Deskbook
  • Attorney's Fees [Fee-Shifting to Losing Defendant]
  • 2014
  • Maryland Trial Reporter
  • Court of Appeals Weighing Writ Of Certiorari On Shifting Attorneys’ Fees Incurred
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association Brown Bag
  • Winning Non-Monetary Relief in Discrimination Cases
  • 2019
  • MWELA Luncheon Seminar
  • Winning Methodologies for Proving Discrimination at Trial
  • 2016
  • Brown Bag Luncheon
  • Shifting Attorney's Fees to the Losing Defendant
  • 2014
  • Taking and Defending the Expert Deposition- Montgomery County Bar
  • Taking and Defending the Expert Deposition
  • 2011
  • Maryland State Bar Association Annual Conference
  • Attorneys Fees in Employment Litigation: A Review of the Law of Attorneys’ Fees in the Maryland and Federal Courts
  • 2007
  • Maryland Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • Friolo v. Frankel Attorneys' Fee Litigation
  • 2007
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • "Trial Do's"
  • 2005
  • Maryland Employment Lawyers Association Inaugural Conference
  • Winning Attorneys’ Fees in Maryland
  • 2005
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Annual Conference
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2003
  • "How to Beat Summary Judgment in the Post-Reeves Era."
  • Moderator of Panel Discussion on Defeating Employer Efforts to Dismiss Employment Discrimination Cases Without Trial
  • 2002
  • United States Department of the Interior EEO Conference
  • The Employee's Perspective on the EEO Process
  • 2000
  • "Creating a Successful Practice Representing Federal Employees
  • 2000
  • MWELA Brown Bag Lunch Series
  • Winning Verdict in Walker v. West
  • 2000
  • Montgomery County Bar Association Breakfast
  • Merriex v. Beale Sexual Harassment Case
  • 2000
  • DFAS Advanced EEO Training Conference
  • “Perspective of the EEO Counseling Process as an Employees’ Representative “
  • 1996
  • National DFAS EEO Training Conference
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 1995
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Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We have been professional colleagues for a good number of years and I am familiar with Leizer's many successes. He is diligent, thorough and tenacious. A lawyer's lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known him for over 20 years and he is an excellent attorney in the area of employment law. He is extremely diligent, hard working and an excellent advocate for his clients and has handled many appeals in state and federal appellate courts also with great success. He also has great integrity and character."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked at other litigation firms over the years since working for Leizer. Simply put, Leizer is the best litigator I have ever met. He has a sincere commitment to his clients and always keeps their best interests in mind. He also has a brilliant and creative legal mind and an excellent insight into negotiating strategies. If I had an employment issue, I would not hesitate to retain Leizer as my attorney."
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