Jim Hammerschmidt, Secretary

Jim Hammerschmidt is a principal at Paley Rothman in Bethesda, MD. He is the firm and Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group, as well as a member of its Litigation and Appellate practice groups, whose practice includes a wide range of commercial, corporate and employment counseling and litigation.

His general civil litigation and appellate practice experience includes matters involving real estate, land development, breach of contract, trusts and estates, construction, shareholder disputes, business disputes, consumer protection law, RICO, conspiracy and defamation among many others.

Mr. Hammerschmidt has equally extensive experience representing and counseling clients on employment law issues. He represents clients in federal and state court, as well as before agencies such as the EEOC, Department of Labor and local and state human rights commissions and labor departments, involving claims arising under Title VII, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Wage Payment and Collection Law and Wage and Hour Law statutes. He counsels clients on and litigates a wide range of employment issues such as breach of contract, wrongful termination, trade secret claims and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. In addition to litigation, he provides daily advice to clients dealing with difficult employees and employee discipline, and routinely assists clients in developing and implementing employment policies and practices, drafting employee manuals and preparing employment agreements. Mr. Hammerschmidt has been recognized for his outstanding work in employment law with his inclusion on the Maryland Super Lawyers list (2014-2015) and Washington DC Super Lawyers list (2014).

As a mid-sized regional firm, Paley Rothman has received national rankings in the prestigious annual US News-Best Lawyers rankings of law firms. Paley Rothman’s Employment Law group was one of five firms with offices in Maryland, selected as a 2014 “Best Law Firm,” for the second year in a row, with national rankings (Tier 1 or 2) in Employment Litigation. All of the other firms are well known national and international firms with between 300 and 900 lawyers in multiple offices.

Paley Rothman also was one of eight firms to receive a national ranking for Employment Law–Management (Tier 3). Again, the other firms had between 240 and 2500 lawyers, with multiple offices around the country. The Employment Law group received similar recognition locally, earning a Tier 1 ranking in Washington, D.C. for Litigation–Labor & Employment and a Tier 2 ranking for Employment Law–Management.

An active participant in the local legal community, Mr. Hammerschmidt served as Chairman of the Board for the Federal Bar Association’s Maryland Chapter, on the Council for the Maryland State Bar Association’s Employment Law Section, on the Board of the Federal Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and the Maryland State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Voir Dire. He is also a member of the Litigation and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association, a past Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, a past Co-Chair of both the Employment Law Section and the District Court Mediation Program of the Bar Association of Montgomery County and a two-time member of the Judicial Panel Selection Committee of the Bar Association of Montgomery County. He has written articles on employment law topics for the Washington Business JournalBusiness Gazette and Maryland’s daily legal publication, The Daily Record. He is also a contributing editor to the American Bar Association’s Employment Discrimination Law (3d Ed.) and the American Bar Association’s Annual Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation in addition to speaking on all aspects of employment law. Mr. Hammerschmidt frequently speaks at legal, business and employment industry events, contributes law firm leadership and Employment Law commentary and publishes articles for local and national business, HR and legal publications.

His community involvements include a pro bono membership on the Board of Directors of the Lubuto Library Project, a 501(c) (3) organization working to build children’s libraries and create educational opportunities for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. He also served as Board Counsel to the Board of Trustees for the Green Acres School.

After obtaining his B.S.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Mr. Hammerschmidt graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1993. While attending law school, he served as Executive Editor of the Public Law Review, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association’s Fidelity and Surety Law publication and a member of the school’s trial advocacy team while also receiving a Certificate in Labor and Employment Law. As a result of his achievements and service in law school, he was nominated to the Alpha Sigma Nu National Honor Society. Prior to joining Paley Rothman, he spent four years in the General Counsel’s Office of the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust, where he last served as Assistant General Counsel.

Mr. Hammerschmidt is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia.