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Theodore B Godfrey

Employment and labor Attorney at Silver Spring, MD

5.0   8 reviews

also known as T. Bruce Godfrey, Bruce Godfrey

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 18 years
    Maryland - MD 29 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Theodore

Learn Theodore’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    50%
    I assist workers in unemployment insurance claims and appeals and litigate employment disputes including overtime/minimum wage violations, discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, wrongful termination suits and unpaid wage prosecutions under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law.

    15 years

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    25%
    I assist clients in both jailable and non-jailable traffic court matters throughout most of Maryland.

    29 years, 150 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    15%
    I appreciate the detail-oriented nature of the practice and the competitive nature of trial work against the government

    29 years, 300 cases

  4. Litigation
    10%
    Litigation services in Circuit Court, District Court and the US District Court for the District of Maryland in wage and hour matters, discrimination cases, collection disputes and business/employment torts.

    23 years

Location

Zipin Amster & Greenberg
8757 Georgia Avenue #400
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Results in a tough case
I was awarded unemployment benefits after being terminated by my employer. The employer filed an appeal, and I hired Mr Godfrey to represent me at the appeal hearing. He thoroughly reviewed the facts and laid out the defense strategy before the hearing. At the hearing he was very effective in defending me. His citations of case precedent and cross examination of the employer's witness were sharp. The examiner found in my favor :-)
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Posted by Patrick | March 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Bruce Godfrey for achieving total victory in my case!
I will forever be grateful to Bruce Godfrey, a Princeton University and University of Maryland Law grad, who stepped up and helped me pro bono when a convicted bomber and perjurer filed an absurd and ridiculous lawsuit against me in 2013. Bruce started working for me in February 2014, when nobody else in Maryland was willing to help. He saw it through until March 2018, when the Fourth Circuit upheld the federal court's grant of summary judgment in my favor. It was total and complete victory in a long and laborious process. There were thousands of pages of discovery in the case. Bruce worked tirelessly on discovery responses, redacting, Bates stamping, and the other mundane tasks involved in such discovery. He dealt with the litigious and obstreperous plaintiff with courtesy and diplomacy. Bruce came up with great ideas for the briefs and participated actively in the drafting process. Bruce was always a calming influence in dealing with me, and his knowledge of the local judges and the way they do things was a great help to me and to my other pro bono attorney, Ronald Coleman. I also found Bruce to be unfailingly ethical and upstanding. After 49 months, we prevailed, and I know it would not have been possible without Bruce. Thank you, Bruce Godfrey, and thank you to his partners for letting him do this. Bruce Godfrey is a personal hero of mine, and I am proud that he was my lawyer and now consider him a friend. I'll never forget him. If you're reading this and wondering if this is the firm for you, I suggest you call them up and ask for Bruce Godfrey. (Just be prepared to pay him. He's probably done enough pro bono work for a lifetime!)
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Hello my name is Erick Oribio and owner of the newspaper Latin Opinion Maryland News and I write the following paragraph because without a doubt getting the efficient legal services of a lawyer accompanied by honesty 100% integrity is not easy without any reference and is for this reason that through this page I want to express my eternal gratitude to the attorney Bruce Godfrey from whom I had the opportunity to receive his advice in a case with the department of labor of the federal government in the United States And of which I will make a brief description below At first I naively thought that with all the evidence of violations I had for a bad employee but after I showed the Labor investigator all the evidence he said that it do not matter, thanks to a lawyer and client of our company we received the information of the lawyer Bruce Godfrey whom we contacted immediately. We made a date to which I arrived in the middle of a great discomfort since the business was very slow and apart had to travel abroad. After our conversation and taking the case I left his office with much peace of mind but the uneasiness was just beginning for me because of the financial issue and the expenses of lawyer but nevertheless it was there where I began to know the honesty and the integrity of Godfrey. But you will wonder why I write this note and that is because I received a counseling where nothing was hidden where they gave me all possible scenarios, the best and the worst and especially why I always received the best recommendation of Godfrey in relation to current expenses and fees. Far from having the perception that I only had to pay to receive the legal service, my perception of the moment and now conviction, is that Godfrey wanted the best for me from the legal, financial and human point of view. When I wrote an e-mail, Mr .Godfrey responded immediately. No need to wait Mainly for these reasons is that I want to leave unconditional testimony of the excellent legal services of Mr.Godfrey. If you live in Maryland or Washington DC and you happen to have a problem and need a Labor lawyer do not think about it, just call Mr. Godfrey and you will be in one of the best hands you will find in the whole area in such problems. I attest that the foregoing is genuine legitimate and devoid of any interest other than to disseminate this important information thank you very much.
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Posted by Jessica M. | June 15, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
when I was really upset about how I was being treated he took the time to listen and he is a fact collector. He's extremely knowledgable in all platforms of law and he did an excellent job in my case. Kept me well informed and gave me all the pros and cons of different scenarios... I would give him an A plus rating and I'm glad I met him.
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Posted by Lynne | February 6, 2012
Excellent Experience
I highly recommend Mr. Godfrey for your legal needs. I read great things about him online and decided to give him a call for advice on an upcoming unemployment hearing. Despite his busy schedule, he called me back the same day and listened to my case. He provided valuable information for which I am very grateful. I would not hesitate to use his services in the future.
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Posted by Bonnie | July 7, 2011
Grandson vs Lease
Mr. Godfrey took the time to give a detailed answer to my question. This gentleman has never met me or my grandson but felt compelled to go to great lengths to ensure that we got the best advise. Mr. Godfrey definitely has the best interests of a client at heart. Thank you Mr. Godfrey.
Posted by Krystle | March 21, 2011
Unemployment Case
Words can't express how much I appreciated his assistance in my case. There is no doubt that he was a God send. I'm very thankful for his awesome performance. I definitely would refer his services from here on out. May God bless him abundantly.
Posted by Tony | October 15, 2010
Good news for free
E-mailed Mr. Godfrey about a speeding ticket I received from a traffic camera while visiting DC from NJ. He e-mailed and called me back in less than 1/2 hour. He explained the law to me and we had a pleasant conversation. Never asked for any type of fee. He was very knowledgable and a very nice person. I would recommed & use his services in a heartbeat. From speaking to him for 5 minutes you can learn a lot about a person, He seems to be a genuinely good person.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 425-425 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-40%
  • Pro bono 3 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Zipin Amster & Greenberg
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Jezic & Moyse LLC
  • 2014 - 2023
  • Of Counsel
  • Weinstock, Friedman & Friedman
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Field Attorney (MD/DC) Of Counsel
  • Persels & Associates
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Multi-Lingual Litigation Support - Several Organizations
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Bruce Godfrey
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Business and Tax Associate
  • Weinstock Friedman & Friedman, Esq.
  • 1999 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Princeton University
  • A.B.
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McCray v. Winegardner - Unemployment Appeal, 310-BH-12
  • Lower Appeals decision finding gross misconduct reversed by Board of Unemployment Appeals, 310-BH-12
  • McCray v. Winegardner Auto Group
  • Settled and dismissed effective July 2011
  • G_____ v. C__________
  • Defense verdict on all counts but one, $9K verdict

Associations

  • Attorney Grievance Commission Peer Review Panel
  • Panel Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Montgomery Bar Foundation
  • Member, CLE Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Maryland Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney, Maryland
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Mentoring Program Recognition Certificate
  • Maryland Professionalism Center
  • 2014
  • Client Service Award
  • Pre Paid Legal Services
  • 2010
  • Clients Service Award
  • Pre Paid Legal Services
  • 2009
  • Clients Service Award
  • Pre Paid Legal Services
  • 2005
  • Client Service Award
  • Pre Paid Legal Services
  • 1999
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (30)
Endorse Theodore
Employment and labor Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bruce Godfrey is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable in the law. He is a strong advocate for his clients and I make sure any client I have that has an employment issue I refer them to Bruce."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An intelligent attorney who is a great advocate for his clients. He is truly passionate about his work and does his best to help his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Bruce is the most knowledgeable and intelligent Employment attorney I have ever met. I would trust any legal matter in his hands. I recommend him without reservation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce has been the Go-To referral source for anyone coming to my office for employment needs. He is knowledgable on the law, and works well keeping his clients informed. Top Notch!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bruce is extremely knowledgeable, always professional, very hard working, and exceptionally conscientious. He cares about people. I could not recommend him more highly. John Lilly"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Godfrey is professional, courteous, and knowledgeable of the law. In my experience with Mr. Godfrey, he is very resourceful and willing to go the extra mile to gather information about a client's case to help the client."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for employees/ex-employees looking for an aggressive, brilliant pro-employee attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My staff and I have communicated along a number of topics, especially advocacy for those wronged in the work place. Bruce is a fantastic "human centered" attorney who fights for his clients. We regularly refer those who call us regarding an employment matter to Bruce, and have not once had a complaint regarding the referral! If you're looking for someone to handle an employment matter in Maryland, this is your guy!"
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Godfrey for any traffic/DUI issues. He is responsive, trustworthy, and will go the extra mile to assist both clients and fellow attorneys."
General practice Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Bruce since before I became a lawyer. He's always exemplified for me the highest ethical and professional standards in his commitment to his clients. When I need advice on what the right thing to do is in a complex situation, Bruce is one of my first contacts. I have referred friends who have been accused of crimes and he has done excellent work in getting the best possible resolution for their case."
Business Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"For Godfrey, anything worth doing is worth doing well. Many lawyers say there are no small clients, but very few know what the hell that means. Godfrey knows."
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