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My name is David Shaffer. I specialize in civil rights cases for women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities, and have represented hundreds of women and minorities in nation-wide class actions against federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, ATF, and Secret Service. I also represent individuals with disabilities in seeking accommodations in the workplace and represent them in employment litigation.

Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

I represent the female Special Agent trainees at the FBI Academy in Quantico for sexual harassment and discrimination. This has already forced changes there and is also the subject of Congressional inquires and investigations.

How did you build a successful practice?

By winning nationwide class action discrimination cases and other high profile cases features in the news. Also, by word of mouth from satisfied clients.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Experience, understanding and willingness to listen to the client's needs.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

In my D.C. practice, familiarity with the courts and political institutions in Washington, and contacts in the media.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

I will provide an initial assessment as to whether the client has a case or matter that I believe I can resolve successfully, and whether it is more likely than not to prevail.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

The basic facts; the identity of the employer or harasser, the circumstances of the problem, wither they are a government employee or private employer and, if private, whether subject to an arbitration agreement.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

I have received national attention for my class action work reforming government law enforcement agencies, but I also take small cases where I can feel like I am able to help. I also have particular expertise in disability law, accessibility of web site and other technology and experience inside government agencies. I have over 35 years experience in every facet of employment and disability law, and have handled literally over a thousand such cases.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Helping people be free of discrimination in every facet of their lives.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

Music, books and technology for the blind.

Are you involved in your community?

Yes, I belong to several community boards for veterans and those with disabilities.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyDavid Shaffer LawWashington, DCPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Stanford Law SchoolJ.D. Law School1983  
Wittenberg UniversityBachelorsPolitical Science1980
State / Court Date
District of Columbia1988
  • Co-Chair | Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee | Labor and Employment Law Section | Federal Bar Association | 1995-1997
    Chair | Individual Rights and Remedies Committee | Federal Bar Association | 1994-1995
    Chair | Equal Employment Opportunity Committee | Federal Bar Association | 1991-1994
    Member | Federal Bar Association | Governing Board of the Labor Law and Labor Relations Section | 1991-1997
    He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, a member of the Capital Veterans’ Engagement Board, and a member of the Consumer Technology Association’s standards committee for audio beacons.
  • Recipient | Federal Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for contributions into the Labor Law & Labor Relations Sections | 1992
  • U.S. v. WMTA .
    https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/wmata_motion.pdf

  • Stewart v. Rudbin
    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp/948/1077/2098548/

  • Rochon v. Attorney General
    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp/734/543/1461841/

  • Natural Motion
    https://caselaw.findlaw.com/dc-court-of-appeals/1041624.html

  • The Top 10 HR Mistakes Tech and other Emerging Companies Make | SHRM HR Tech Know Report | 2nd Quarter 2000 (Co-authored with Ronald A Schmidt)
    Personality Testing in Employment | Society for Human Resources Management | September- October 1999 (Co-authored with Ronald A. Schmidt)
    Surviving on OFCCP Compensation Review, Society for Human Resources Management | March 1999 (Co-authored with Ronald A. Schmidt)
    Employment Practices Self-Assessment Guide | AEGIS Loss Control Services, Inc. | 1998
    The Labouring Oar | Editor | Newsletter of the Labor Law and Labor Relations Section of the Federal Bar Association | 1992-1996
    The Civil Rights Act of 1991 | Federal Bar News & Journal 100 | January 1992
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David Shaffer
1629 K St NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
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