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 has been included in the 2007-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America and has repeatedly appeared on Best Attorneys lists in publications like Washingtonian Magazine, and honored in SmartCEO Magazine.
Not all cases will settle, and when a trial is needed to resolve the dispute, Mr. Salzman brings extensive experience in both jury and bench trials. He has been lead counsel, and successfully tried cases in the following areas: sex and pregnancy discrimination (most recently a 2014 verdict finding his client was fired for disclosing her pregnancy); retaliation (multiple verdicts including a 1.7 million dollar emotional distress award and a 2 million dollar settlement following a successful bench trial); sexual harassment ($300,000 verdict on behalf of teenage waitress in local restaurant sexually harassed by her boss); hostile work environment ($750,000 verdict on behalf of local university professor); age discrimination (66 year old WMATA train supervisor denied promotion and fired because of her age); wrongful discharge ($776,000 verdict in favor of client who was fired for refusing to dispose of medical waste in violation of OSHA standards); disability discrimination (failure to accommodate); intentional infliction of emotional distress and personal injury (negligence). 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.