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Deputy Special Counsel Eric Bachman Joins D.C. Whistleblower Firm Zuckerman Law

Deputy Special Counsel Joins Whistleblower Protection Law Firm

Eric Bachman has joined Zuckerman Law as Of Counsel, where he will head the firm’s employment discrimination and retaliation practices.  Bachman is an accomplished trial attorney, most recently serving as Deputy Special Counsel, Litigation and Legal Affairs, at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC).  Previously, he served for five years as a Special Litigation Counsel and Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

At OSC, Bachman oversaw investigations and enforcement of the Whistleblower Protection Act, and spearheaded an initiative to combat whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  During his tenure with OSC, the number of favorable actions for whistleblowers increased by over 50% agency-wide, and he negotiated a record-breaking compensatory damages settlement in a high-profile retaliation case. Bachman has also testified at several Congressional hearings on whistleblower protections for federal employees.

The Secretary of Labor appointed Bachman to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee from 2015 to 2017, which makes recommendations on how to improve federal whistleblower protections.  Bachman is frequently asked to provide legal training on whistleblower retaliation and litigation topics.

At the Department of Justice, Bachman served as lead counsel in the largest Title VII case in the Department’s history (U.S. v. City of New York).  This disparate impact class action was vigorously litigated for years and ultimately resulted in an approximately $100 million settlement in 2014.  The case challenged the New York City Fire Department’s hiring practices, which the court ruled had discriminated against thousands of African-American and Hispanic job applicants.  In 2014, Bachman received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Bachman was a partner in a Washington, DC civil rights law firm, where he litigated class action and individual employment discrimination cases against Fortune 500 companies, including a class action case against a major grocery chain that settled for $16 million.  In cases against private companies and government agencies, he has litigated in federal courts across the country, argued and briefed appeals as well as motions for class certification and summary judgment.  Bachman began his career as a public defender and served as lead or co-counsel in numerous jury trials resulting in acquittals. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

“We are honored that Eric has chosen to join the firm and look forward to working with him to obtain justice for victims of discrimination and retaliation,” Zuckerman Law Principal Jason Zuckerman commented.  “Eric’s unique breadth of litigation experience and track record of success, including his role as lead counsel in achieving a $100 million class action settlement, positions the firm to deliver exceptional service for our clients.”

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  • U.S. News and Best Lawyers® have named Zuckerman Law a Tier 1 firm in Litigation – Labor and Employment in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
  • Both Eric Bachman and Jason Zuckerman served on the Department of Labor’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve OSHA’s administration of federal whistleblower protections.
  • Firm Principal Jason Zuckerman was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015, 2009, and 2007 selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of employment law (2011-2017), and selected by his peers to be listed in SuperLawyers (2012 and 2015-2017) in the category of labor and employment law.  is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, based largely on client reviews, and rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell based on peer reviews.
  • Eric Bachman, Chair of the Firm’s Discrimination Practice, has substantial experience litigating precedent-setting individual and class action discrimination cases.  His wins include a $100 million settlement in a disparate impact Title VII class action and a $16 million class action settlement against a major grocery chain.  Having served as Special Litigation Counsel in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and as lead or co-counsel in numerous jury trials, Bachman is trial-tested and ready to fight for you to obtain the relief that you deserve.
  • The firm has published extensively on whistleblower rights and protections, and speaks nationwide at seminars and continuing legal education conferences.  We blog about new developments under whistleblower retaliation and rewards laws at the Whistleblower Protection Blog.
  • The firm is routinely quoted in the media about whistleblower rights and protections.
  • Eric Bachman and Jason Zuckerman served in senior positions at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers in the federal government.  At OSC, they oversaw investigations of whistleblower claims and obtained corrective action or relief for whistleblowers.

Leading whistleblower law firm Zuckerman Law also represents whistleblowers concerning a wide range of federal securities violations, including:

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Jason Zuckerman, Principal of Zuckerman Law, litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims. He is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015 and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® and in SuperLawyers.