Gerald S. Hartman

Phone: (202) 842-8881
Fax: (202) 842-8465


Gerald S. Hartman represents clients in class action and employment litigation cases. He represents management before the federal trial and appellate courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the OFCCP.

Over the years, he has represented many major American corporations and large public employers in class action and governmental pattern and practice discrimination cases involving statistical proof and testing. Jerry also has defended numerous employers in litigation involving individual claims of discrimination and wrongful termination.

In his previous capacity as a senior trial attorney in the Employment Law Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Jerry had lead responsibility for many pattern-and-practice cases and received a special commendation award from the Attorney General of the United States.

Jerry is a former tenured professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law and a former adjunct professor of law at George Washington University Law School.

Jerry co-authored Defending and Preventing Employment Litigation, an authoritative guide on employment law, published by Aspen Publishers, and The Model Employer, a comprehensive text on employment law, published by George Washington Law School. Jerry also speaks regularly on panels on employment law.

Jerry is president of the Barbara McDowell Foundation which was created in honor of his late wife, a well-known appellate lawyer, who served as assistant to the Solicitor General in the Justice Department where she argued cases before the United States Supreme Court. The foundation makes grants to organizations that undertake high impact social justice litigation.

After law school, Jerry was a law clerk for James Coleman, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Jerry is a seasoned litigator with more than 40 years of experience representing clients in employment litigation cases. His representative matters, include:

  • Represented a major telecommunications company in one of the largest Title VII class actions ever brought. The EEOC withdrew from this case shortly before trial after seven years of litigation.
  • Successfully defeated two class actions brought against a major retailer, one at its headquarters and the other for all its stores.
  • Successfully settled many class actions prior to and after their initiation for major American corporations.
  • Represented large public employers in pattern and practice cases brought by U.S. Justice Department.


Special Commendation Award from the Attorney General of the United States
Champion of Justice Award from The Legal Times

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Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1972, with honors
  • Columbia University, M.B.A., 1968
  • Columbia University, A.B., 1966


  • Barbara McDowell Foundation, President