Stephen Z. Chertkof

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Washington, DC

Heller Huron Chertkof & Salzman
 | 1730 M St NW, Suite 412
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-926-4451
Fax: 202-293-7110
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1996
Education: Yale Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (60%),
  • Civil Rights (30%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Stephen Z. Chertkof is a civil rights and personal injury attorney based in Washington, D.C. He is the founding partner of Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman PLLC and has over 25 years of legal experience. 

    Mr. Chertkof handles employment cases involving age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religious and sexual orientation discrimination. He also has experience with matters involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, equal pay, family responsibility, military service and Title IX. He serves a wide client base throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

    Over his time in practice, Mr. Chertkof has resolved cases at the state, federal and appellate levels, obtaining successful outcomes for his clients through both trial and negotiation. He has been involved in many notable cases and served as co-counsel before the Supreme Court of the United States. He regularly speaks about civil rights and employment law for professional organizations and serves a faculty member for the American Bar Association.

    A renowned attorney in the legal profession, Washingtonian magazine has recognized Mr. Chertkof for his numerous accomplishments. Additionally, The Best Lawyers in America named him “Lawyer of the Year” in 2015. Serving in leadership positions, he is a past president and current board member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.

    In 1985, Mr. Chertkof graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree. He went on to earn his law degree from Yale Law School in 1988. During law school, he served as managing editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 30%Civil Rights
    • 10%General Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

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    About Stephen Chertkof

    Admitted: 1996, Washington D.C.

    Professional Webpage:


    • One of Washington's top lawyers, Washingtonian magazine and Super Lawyers
    • Named "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015 in the Civil Rights category by Best Lawyers

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • District of Columbia
    • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
    • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), Board of Directors
    • President of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA)
    • Virginia
    • Maryland

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Managing editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation
    • Faculty member for the Advanced Employment Law course sponsored by the Advanced Law Institute-American Bar Association


    • Hartman v. Albright
    • Harper v. Virginia Department of Taxation
    • Donnell v. England
    • Heiko v Colombo Savings Bank

    Educational Background:

    • Duke University (B.S., Computer Science and Economics, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
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    Office Location for Stephen Z. Chertkof

    1730 M St NW
    Suite 412
    Washington, DC 20036

    Phone: 202-926-4451

    Fax: 202-293-7110

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