$125,000.00 verdict 9/22/16- Baltimore U.S. District Court! Congratulations, Iris Foster!Our firm is experienced and can help you with severance agreements and employment contractsLet's remedy workplace discrimination based on race, sex, age, disability status, or retaliation!Successfully advising and litigating for private and public sector employees for over two decadesWe can assist you when you have been subjected to workplace harassment or a hostile environmentIf you have just been fired, or fear you may soon be, contact us for advice and representation
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Lawyer of the Year-- See http://www.mwela.org/LawyersoftheYear||Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association||2005|
|Among Washington's Top Employment Lawyers||Washingtonian Magazine||2004|
|Principal||The Goldsmith Law Firm LLC||1992 - 2014|
|Associate||Connerton, Ray & Simon||1989 - 1991|
|Appellate Attorney||National Labor Relations Board||1988 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|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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|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|
|Boston College Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of Michigan||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1985|
|MWELA Luncheon Seminar||Winning Methodologies for Proving Discrimination at Trial||2016|
|Maryland Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference||The Year's Greatest Hits in Employment Law||2015|
|Maryland Employment Lawyers Annual Conference||Fee-Shifting to Losing Defendant||2014|
|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|
|Litigating And Resolving Employment Cases: A View From The Bench||Evidence - Recurrent Issues||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|
|NELA FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RIGHTS FORUM||"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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When I called Leizer I was crushed job wise, morale wise, and had no prospects for the future. Over the course of years he was relentless in pushing my claim forward. In a complex three week long trial, Leizer was able to cross examine the witnesses for the government in such a manner that the truth was obvious. Leizer had a grasp of the evidence, and of how the evidence could be related understandably to the jury. It took a jury just 35 minutes to see the truth of the case.
In the end the jury awarded 1.3 million dollars in damages in my case. But much more important was that Leizer was able to re-establish me as a man of honor and integrity, who was wronged. Over the course of the years Leizer became much more than just lawyer, he became and is friend and counselor.
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Posted by anonymous
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.
Posted by joan
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Posted by Julie
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.
Posted by Iris
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.
Regina-Lyn Schowalter, Government Attorney
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.