Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch

Firm Overview

The firm originated in 1975 under June Kalijarvi as an employment law boutique. It has grown over the years. June, Elizabeth Newman and George Chuzi have been working together since 1990. I joined the firm in 2002, and became a partner in 2006.

Example cases

Won $100,000 plus other damages in a disability discrimination/failure to accommodate case against the Department of Labor before the EEOC.

Won a full reversal of all disciplinary charges filed against my client as well as received a finding of retaliation against the Department of Transportation/FAA before the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Main Office
1901 L Street NW
Suite 610
Washington  DC  20036
  • (202) 331-9260
  • (866) 452-5789


Free Initial Consultation?
We offer a free initial telephone consultation of approximately 15 minutes.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Hourly Rates
Partners: $395
Associates: $275 to $350

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Office Manager
Latisha Jones
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Spanish, French, and Sign Language.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Work is an integral aspect of our identities and it is the pillar on which our survival is based.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is extremely important for clients to educate themselves on legal issues. Doing so helps people to better understand their rights, what is important, what documents may be helpful to their situation, and when to contact a lawyer for assistance or advice.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I find it tremendously helpful to review documents prepared by a client because it enables me to focus on what the client perceives as important and provides the client thoughtful time to gather their thoughts or prepare a chronology of events that helps focus our time together.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am happy to provide such advice or coaching within the boundaries of my ethical guidelines.

Elaine Fitch

After graduating from law school, I represented indigent criminal defendants in their appeals from criminal convictions in the state of California. I also specialized in representing individuals suing law enforcement for violations of civil rights and for police misconduct. Thereafter, I moved to Washington, D.C. and began working for the firm of Gebhardt and Associates specializing in employment law. Thereafter, I moved to Kalijarvi, Chuzi & Newman where I have continued to specialize in employment law.

My experience as an advocate for victims of domestic violence has helped me to be a better lawyer. I both volunteered on 24 hour hotlines and worked alongside the San Francisco District Attorney. This experience taught me a number of critical skills, particularly how to be a good listener and how to ask the right questions. Those two skills in conjunction enable to get at the root of a problem, to view it from all perspectives, and to try to reach a solution that resolves a negative situation for all parties. My goal is not litigation, but resolution.

I can be a fierce litigator if I determine that is necessary. However, I believe it is better to resolve an employment problem as soon as possible and to achieve that goal, I employ the style and strategy that will be most effective. Depending on opposing counsel, the Judge, the client, and the situation, I assess the matter and determine how best to meet my client's goals.

Personal interests:

I love to travel, to read, to be outside, and to host parties for good friends.

  • Bar Number: 471240
    District of Columbia , 2001
  • Bar Number: 183949
    California , 1996
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    J.D. , 1996
    San Francisco, CA
    Executive Article's Editor for the Hastings Women's Law Journal.

    Board Member for the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation.
  • University of California at Berkeley
    B.S. , 1989
    Berkeley, CA

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