Richard A. Salzman
Richard Salzman is a partner in the firm of Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman, and a 1988 graduate, with honors, of the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Salzman has been litigating employment/civil rights claims in federal and local courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia since 1989. He has successfully argued cases before several federal and local appellate courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court in a case alleging discrimination against a United States Senator which raised a constitutional issue of first impression. He is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland and California bars. Mr. Salzman is included in the 2006 and 2007 editions of Best Lawyers in America and has appeared on Best Attorneys lists in publications like Washingtonian Magazine, and honored in SmartCEO Magazine.
Mr. Salzman has developed extensive trial experience before juries and judges considering employment/civil rights claims. He was lead counsel in a sex discrimination/retaliation lawsuit garnering a $750,000 verdict against a local university. In 2006, Mr. Salzman and his partner Douglas Huron, negotiated a settlement for a federal employee obtaining relief in excess of two million dollars after a successful bench trial in the United States District in the District of Columbia. Also in 2006, Mr. Salzman successfully tried a sexual harassment case on behalf of a teenage cashier at a restaurant in Montgomery County resulting in a verdict of $300,000. In October 2001, Mr. Salzman was the lead trial attorney in the case of Mackel v. WMATA, where a jury in federal court in the District of Columbia found that WMATA had retaliated against Mr. Mackel in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying him a high-level managerial job. The jury awarded 1.7 million dollars in compensatory damages. Mr. Salzman was lead trial counsel in the case of Moore v. Howard University, in which the jury determined that Howard University wrongfully fired Ms. Moore because she had blown the whistle on egregious OSHA violations regarding the disposal of blood and other bio-hazardous waste. The jury awarded more than $775,000 in punitive and compensatory damages, and that verdict was upheld on appeal. In Ramseur v. Baretto, Mr. Salzman was lead trial attorney in a case in which the jury found the Small Business Administration liable for retaliation, and awarded $420,000 in compensatory damages. In Ware v. Riley, Mr. Salzman and partner Stephen Chertkof established that the Department of Education had denied reasonable accommodations leading to the termination of Mr. Ware. Mr. Salzman has also successfully tried cases to juries as either lead or co-counsel with his partner Doug Huron in Kumar v. WMATA (jury determined WMATA engaged in race discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress); Nyman v. FDIC, 967 F.Supp. 1562 (D. D.C. 1997) (jury found that the FDIC retaliated and discriminated against employee by denying promotion); Jones v. WMATA, 946 F.Supp. 1023, 1026 (D. D.C. 1996) (jury under ADEA and judge under Title VII found that WMATA fired employee and denied promotions in retaliation for complaining about discrimination), and Parrish v. WMATA (jury found metro company guilty of negligency and awarded $125,000 in compensatory damages) Mr. Salzman has also successfully handled a number of cases before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Salzman also has developed extensive experience in appellate advocacy, including successfully arguing before the United States Supreme Court in Hanson v. Dayton (a case alleging that United States Senator Mark Dayton fired plaintiff Brad Hanson because of his need for leave to have heart surgery), the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [see Gardner v. Benefits Communications Corp., 175 F.3d 155 (D.C. Cir. 1999) and Kumar v. WMATA, 97-7164]; the local Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [see Moore v. Howard University, 00-CV-562] and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [Manley v. Dept. of the Air Force, 95-3816 (Fed. Cir. 1996)]. Mr. Salzman is a former president and board member of the Washington Council of Lawyers, and has worked extensively as co-counsel with the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, where he has been recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his service.
E-mail address for Richard Salzman: Salzman(at symbol)hellerhuron.com