This practice concentrates on representing clients in disability and employment discrimination matters in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, nationally and in military service overseas. The firm is also available for environmental and general practice matters.
Counsel has over twenty-five years experience in administrative law and litigation. Mr. Spiegel is
admitted to the bar in Illinois and the District of
Columbia, as well as to practice in federal district
courts in Illinois, D.C. and Maryland. He has further
practiced before the EEOC for over fifteen years.
Mr. Spiegel has successfully represented many people
in various discrimination proceedings, both in court and before the Commission. This has included representing employees in EEO discrimination cases against federal agencies. He additionally has experiencing litigating and successfully negotiating large and complex cases, including class actions.
In approving Mr. Spiegel as Class Counsel in Clopton, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, the Commission found "[I]n reaching this conclusion, we also take into account the high level of legal advocacy reflected in the attorney's submissions to the Commission on appeal, and the fact that he has once again successfully represented the class before the Commission."
While an EPA enforcement attorney, Mr. Spiegel served as Chief Steward for EPA HQ professional employees' union from 1993-1996, successfully representing employees in discrimination proceedings against EPA. Subsequently, he successfully challenged EPA discriminatory actions in EEO proceedings on behalf of himself and other EPA employees in consolidated actions. He has additionally been representing public employees and private citizens in various discrimination proceedings before the EEOC and in federal courts.
During his twenty years of environmental enforcement litigation, Mr. Spiegel was responsible for a number of complex actions, often involving many millions of dollars. In Illinois, he oversaw the emergency sealing of a hazardous waste facility by state police, as well as the first criminal conviction for illegal hazardous waste disposal under the new state law. He often second-chaired litigation with assistant attorney generals.
At EPA, Mr. Spiegel worked on complex litigation as a member of the Love Canal litigation team, conducting numerous depositions and conducting other discovery. He was also the lead attorney for the related S-Area site, for both ligation and negotiations. These actions resulted in multi-million dollar settlements and remediations. EPA awarded him a bronze medal for this work. Mr. Spiegel had also been the lead staff attorney negotiating a resolution to the large-scale recall of General Motors Cadillacs, resulting in an innovative alternative fuels project. EPA had also awarded him a bronze medal for these negotiations as well. During his tenure with EPA, he was appointed a Special Justice Department attorney to prosecute a case for EPA. This involved extensive discovery in complex legal and financial matters and working with several state and federal agencies. He was rated outstanding during this work. The case was eventually won on summary judgment.
Mr. Spiegel has continued to represent both federal employees and private citizens in various types of discrimination proceedings, both before the EEOC and in federal courts across the country.
Mr. Spiegel is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.