The Goldsmith Law Firm

The Goldsmith Law Firm

The Goldsmith Law Firm has been vindicating the rights of individuals in public and private sector employment litigation since 1992. The firm is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and practices extensively in Maryland and nationwide.

Firm Overview

The Firm represents private individuals whose civil or employment rights have been violated and strives to make such representation affordable.

Firm Principal Attorney, Leizer Z. Goldsmith, founded the practice in 1992. He is a prominent employment discrimination litigator with extensive first-chair victories in trials and appeals on behalf of plaintiffs and substantial experience litigating and winning shifted attorneys' fees from defendant-employers as a component of employees' relief.

The Goldsmith Law Firm provides full-service legal representation in matters relating to the employment relationship, including:

Sexual Harassment
Contracts and Severance Agreements
Unpaid Wages and Overtime
Fair Labor Standards
Civil Service
Disability Rights
Educational Discrimination
Whistleblower Retaliation
Attorneys' Fees Litigation

The Firm's primary focus is in representing employees and former employees in the courts and before various administrative agencies.

Leizer Z. Goldsmith, Principal of the firm, received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1985 and his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court and several United States Courts of Appeals. Mr. Goldsmith is the author of Chapter 25: Attorneys' Fees, MSBA MARYLAND EMPLOYMENT LAW DESKBOOK (Maryland State Bar Association, Inc. 2014) (Rebecca Strandberg, Editor).

Main Office

Main Office
5335 Wisconsin Avenue Nw
Suite 440
Washington DC 20015


(202) 895-1506


Free Initial Consultation?

15 Minutes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Full Consultation

Hourly Rates


Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours



The Goldsmith Law Firm vigorously represents employees facing employment or civil rights issues in the workplace.

The Goldsmith Law Firm provides full-service legal representation for: Unpaid Wages; Overtime; Wrongful Termination; Retaliation; Sexual Harassment; Severance; Labor and Employment; Civil Rights; Litigation; Federal Civil Service; Whistleblower Rights and Retaliation; Race/Color Discrimination; Disability Discrimination; Age Discrimination; Religious Discrimination; Sex Discrimination; National Origin Discrimination; Breach of Employment Contracts; Intentional Employment Torts; Federal Employee Disability Retirement; Wrongful Termination; Attorneys' Fees Litigation.

The firm enforces the following statutes: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Civil Rights Act of 1991; 42 U.S.C. 1981; 42 U.S.C. 1983; Privacy Act; False Claims Act; D.C. Whistleblower Statute; D.C. Human Rights Act; Montgomery and Prince George's County Human Relations Ordinances; Family & Medical Leave Act; District of Columbia Family & Medical Leave Act; D.C. Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act; Montgomery County

Sexual Harassment

Wrongful Termination

Overtime Pay


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

I love my practice representing employees and job applicants 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.

Leizer Goldsmith

The Goldsmith Law Firm

Leizer Goldsmith has recently achieved widespread recognition on account of his advocacy in successfully obtaining a million dollar-plus verdict in an employment discrimination case and for twice winning at the Maryland Court of Appeals (state supreme court). He has achieved the "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell, that company's highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. He won the 2005 Lawyer of the Year award from the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association for outstanding legal work representing employees and appeared in the 2004 Washingtonian Magazine as a "Washington's Top Lawyers" winner. Mr. Goldsmith was previously featured on the WMAL radio call-in program, "Law Call," and appears frequently as a speaker on employment law topics at various professional conferences and other events.

Mr. Goldsmith represents clients in employment matters arising in both the private and public sectors and provides full-service legal representation, from the initial phases of an employment dispute through the resolution of any appeals, in matters of various kinds, including:

Sexual Harassment
Contracts and Severance Agreements
Fair Labor Standards
Civil Service

Mr. Goldsmith has practiced law in Washington, D.C. since 1988. Since founding his own firm in 1992, Mr. Goldsmith has vigorously and successfully represented employees in matters. Mr. Goldsmith's services include both trial work, where he has won numerous notable jury verdicts, and appellate litigation in the federal and local courts, where he has successfully obtained reversals of trial court errors and protected clients' trial-level victories. He has also performed successfully before various administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Mr. Goldsmith also writes and lectures on employment law topics.

Mr. Goldsmith received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1985 and his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court and several United States Courts of Appeals.

Mr. Goldsmith is a member of the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.


Boston College Law School
J.D., 1988

University of Michigan
B.A., 1985

Leanza Bethel

The Goldsmith Law Firm

Ms. Bethel graduated from George Washington University Law School in 2019. During her time at GW, Ms. Bethel was a judicial law clerk for an Administrative Judge at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Washington Field Office. She also served as a student attorney for GW's Public Justice Advocacy Clinic, a law clerk for an employment law firm, a law clerk for an immigration law firm, and as a legal intern for the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Health & Human Services. Ms. Bethel was a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, a GW Thurgood Marshall Scholar, and a 2018 South Asian Bar Association Public Interest Fellow. She also received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for pro bono legal services offered during law school.

Ms. Bethel received her bachelor's with honors from American University's School of International Service. She majored in U.S. Foreign Policy, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution. Ms. Bethel won a Boren Scholarship to India from the National Security Education Program for her junior year. She studied Hindi, geopolitics, and international relations at Manipal University. She also interned for an HIV/AIDS prevention NGO in Udupi District where she conducted an Institutional Review Board-approved research study on local female sex workers (FSWs). Her research focused on potential correlations between India's legalized prostitution framework and the upsurge of sex trafficking in the region. She further assessed the FSWs' relationships with police and their access to public health resources.


American University
B.A., 2014

George Washington University Law School
J.D., 2019

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