Our Firm at a Glance

Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman, PLLC is a widely-recognized boutique firm focused on individual representation in civil rights and employment matters. Founded in 1997 by highly experienced employment lawyers, the firm has been a leader in setting major precedents in employment and civil rights law.

We are experienced in discrimination and employment cases related to such things as gender, sexual harrassment, race, age, family and medical leave, retaliation, whistleblowing, disability, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, family responsibility, equal pay, Title IX, religion, and military service.

Among the services we provide are litigation, contract negotiation, mediation, arbitration, administrative hearings, severance agreements, appeals, internal investigations, employee training, and creation of handbooks and organizational policies.

Meet Our Attorneys

Douglas B. Huron

One of the country's foremost employment lawyers, Doug Huron started his legal career at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and also served in the White House as Senior Associate Counsel to President Carter. In private practice, he has litigated hundreds of cases and appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stephen Z. Chertkof

Stephen Chertkof is a 1988 graduate of Yale Law School, and also holds a degree in Computer Science and Economics. He is listed in the Washington, D.C. edition of "Superlawyers" in the category of civil rights litigator, and in Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top lawyers handling civil rights cases.

Richard A. Salzman

Richard Salzman is a 1988 honors graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. He has successfully argued before the Supreme Court in a discrimination case against a U.S. Senator which raised a constitutional issue of first impression. He has been listed as one of the country's best lawyers by various publications.

Susan E. Huhta

Sue Huhta joined the firm as Senior Counsel in 2012, and has been recognized as one of D.C.’s "Top Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine. She has successfully represented hundreds of victims of discrimination throughout the metropolitan area, and has litigated employment, public accommodations and police misconduct cases.

Cassandra W. Lenning

Cassandra Lenning joined Heller, Huron as an Associate Attorney in 2015. She has litigated complex international human rights cases, as well as civil rights, employment, plaintiff-side tort cases, and appellate matters. Ms. Lenning graduated from Duke University School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Julia Quinn

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.

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Firm named as one of the Best Law Firms in Washington, D.C. for 2017

Firm again recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Firms in Washington, D.C.

Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman Welcomes New Associate

Julia Quinn joins the firm as an associate attorney

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