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Why Zuckerman Spaeder?

Zuckerman Spaeder enjoys a reputation as one of the nation’s premier litigation firms. We have earned this reputation by successfully managing high stakes litigation disputes for over four decades. We are known for our trial skill and for our ability to work effectively outside the courtroom to advance our clients’ positions with prosecutors, regulators, and opposing counsel.  We pursue cutting edge legal theories and find creative solutions to complex legal problems. When the stakes are highest, clients count on Zuckerman Spaeder.

Core Practices

White Collar Defense, Government Investigations, Business Litigation, Employment Law & Litigation, Food & Drug, Health Care, Legal Profession & Ethics, Plaintiffs & Class Actions, Securities & Commodities Litigation, Sports, Tax Controversy, Pro Bono. Learn more, here.

Trial-ready advocates

At our core, we are a tight-knit partnership of inspired and experienced trial lawyers.  We regularly try cases throughout the country in matters that capture headlines, change industries, and advance the cause of justice for our individual clients. When it comes to recognitions and awards for the legal work of partners, our boutique firm is frequently ahead of law firms many times our size. Over a third of our lawyers have served in government positions as prosecutors, public defenders, regulators or government officials presiding over important policy issues which gives us valuable insight and experience in trial tactics, criminal investigations, and regulatory matters.

Commitment to client service

Our firm has thrived as a result of our litigation success, but also because of our commitment to treating our clients with personal attention, dedication and respect.

Unlike many law firms, we take a lean approach to staffing cases – using focused teams of experienced attorneys where possible who interact often with our clients, delivering quality work product and customized service. No client is taken for granted, and every client receives hands-on attention from partners who ‎personally ensure work quality, efficiency, and results.

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Commitment to pro bono work

At Zuckerman Spaeder, the ability to perform legal work pro bono for those in need is central to our mission. We hold steadfastly to the idea that everyone deserves the opportunity for justice, and that with our familiarity with the courts, understanding of each individual’s legal rights, and ability to craft effective legal strategies, we have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of those without the means to hire an attorney. We also believe that pro bono is an opportunity to be involved in the local communities where our offices are located – New York, Washington, DC, Tampa, and Baltimore.

The vast majority of our pro bono work involves direct representation of low-income or under-represented individuals or the organizations that represent them. We work closely with federal and state courts as well as legal service providers, to identify and engage on representations that present important issues of law, have the potential to benefit a large number of people, or are particularly challenging. In recent years, this work has focused on issues relating to civil rights, immigration law, matters of compassionate release and criminal justice, child welfare, employment discrimination, health care, and ethics counseling to non-profit organizations.

Recent Pro Bono Highlights:

National Legal Aid & Defender Association: 2022 Beacon of Justice Award for Addressing Racial Inequity

National Law Journal: 2021 Pro Bono Hotlist

Compassionate Release for Prisoner Receiving Inadequate Medical Care and at Risk of Severe COVID-19 Illness

Client ACLU of Maryland Sues Calvert Co. Sheriff’s Office for Restricting Access to Records through Improper Fee Demand

Lawsuit on Behalf of Floridian Unlawfully Profiled and Detained for Being Born Abroad

Lawsuit Against Jack Henry & Associates, UMR, and Quantum Health Claiming Unlawful Denial of Medically Necessary Treatment for Transgender Woman

Retirement of Partner Eleanor Smith and Appointment of Partners Steven Herman and Margarita O'Donnell to Lead Pro Bono Practice 

Learn more about our Pro Bono efforts, here

Your Career at Zuckerman Spaeder

The lawyers at Zuckerman Spaeder have a common goal—to provide clients with sophisticated and zealous representation. Our success is driven by a commitment to our clients and the close working relationships among our attorneys. We hire attorneys of exceptional skill and character. We seek attorneys who bring the intellectual rigor and passionate advocacy that are the firm’s hallmarks. We are highly selective and evaluate each candidate carefully. We expect those we hire to become part of the fabric of the firm and trusted friends and colleagues for years to come. There are many reasons to come to Zuckerman Spaeder. We attract high-profile representations, ranging from high-stakes criminal cases to bet-the-company civil litigation and complicated class action matters. We staff our cases as leanly as possible and call upon our young attorneys to assume significant responsibility. And we work in a warm, close-knit environment, where we cultivate personal relationships based not only on life in the office, but also life outside of it.  Each of our offices (Baltimore, New York, Tampa, and Washington, DC) are currently accepting applications for associate positions. Learn more about the application process, here.  


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