Heller, Huron is a widely recognized boutique firm that focuses on individual representation. Founded in 1997 by highly experienced employment lawyers, the firm is a leader in setting major precedents in employment and civil rights law. Our lawyers have many years of extensive experience with civil rights and employment matters. We are seasoned trial and appellate attorneys, skillful mediators, and experienced negotiators. Our attorneys regularly speak at professional conferences, continuing legal education seminars and trainings, as well as publishing articles on employment issues and teaching as adjunct law professors.
Stephen Chertkof represents employees in lawsuits and appeals in all areas of civil rights and employment law. Mr. Chertkof is a past-president of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, which is the local affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, a professional association dedicated to advancing the legal rights of individual employees. He works on amicus briefs for both NELA and MWELA and has written briefs for the Supreme Court and other appellate courts on issues of broad importance regarding employee rights.Read full biography
Richard Salzman is a partner in the firm of Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman, and a 1988 graduate, with honors, of the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Salzman has been litigating employment/civil rights claims in federal and local courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia since 1989. He has successfully argued cases before several federal and local appellate courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court in a case alleging discrimination against a United States Senator which raised a constitutional issue of first impression.Read full biography
Doug Huron is recognized as one of the foremost employment lawyers in the country. He has practiced employment law his entire legal career, beginning in 1970 at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, with the only break coming during the Carter administration when he served in the White House as Senior Associate Counsel to President Carter. In private practice since 1981, he has litigated hundreds of employment cases.Read full biography
Sue Huhta is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s "Top Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine, and is regularly asked to speak on topics regarding employment and public accommodations law. She has successfully represented hundreds of victims of discrimination throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Prior to joining Heller, Huron, Sue directed the Equal Employment Opportunity and Public Accommodations Projects at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs, where she litigated employment, public accommodations and police misconduct cases.Read full biography
Cassandra Webster Lenning joined Heller, Huron as an Associate Attorney in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lenning worked at a small non-profit organization and associated law firm, which partner to litigate complex international human rights cases under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act. She represented plaintiffs in state and federal courts across the country, seeking to hold multinational corporations accountable for human rights abuses.Read full biography
Julia Quinn joined Heller, Huron as an Associate Attorney in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Quinn served as a Legal Fellow at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), a public interest law firm that litigates and advocates on a variety of health policy issues, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and reproductive rights. At NHeLP, Ms. Quinn focused on issues of reproductive health rights and enforcing anti-discrimination laws in the health care context.Read full biography
Jim Heller was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1949 and received his LL. B. from Yale Law School in 1952. Heller practiced employment law on behalf of employees and applicants for employment exclusively. In 1981 he joined Kator, Scott & Heller as a name partner and practiced with that law firm until early 1997, when he became one of the founding partners of Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman.Read full biography
Raymond Nelson is the firm’s paralegal and office manager. He joined the firm in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Raymond graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology and a concentration in Latin American Studies. During his time at Carleton, Raymond worked as a legal intern at DLA Piper Chicago, where he assisted attorneys in reviewing documents to strengthen the legal claims of their clients. Raymond is fluent in Spanish, and volunteers as an English teacher to adult ESL students in his free time.