Dennis Chong


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dchong@lsslawyers.com

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Mr. Chong is the lead employment lawyer at Lippman, Semsker & Salb. He has practiced employment law since 1999, including providing representation to individuals in discrimination claims, disputes regarding employment contracts, and advising employees in employment covenants. His work has encompassed the full range of the litigation process, from discovery to first-chair trial work.

Notable Successes in Published Decisions
(chief drafter or lead counsel):

Mr. Chong's notable successes include serving as first chair counsel in the January 2015 trial of Downey v. D.C., in which a Superior Court jury awarded the plaintiff $587,400 for damages suffered at the hands of a DC Public Schools aide who mistreated the plaintiff, who has Asperger's. DCPS has failed to perform a background check, even though it is required by DC law. Had the School system performed the background check, it would have learned that the aide had been convicted the month before his hiring of attempted assault and that he had a lengthy felony drug conviction history.

Mr. Chong's successes also include work in the important punitive damages case of Howard Univ. v. Wilkins, decided by the D.C. Court of Appeals and published at 22 A.3d 774 (D.C. 2011), and Campbell-Crane & Associates, Inc. v. Stamenkovic, in which Mr. Chong was half of the team that secured an award of $812,000 in compensatory damages and $455.739.50 in attorneys' fees and costs in a sexual harassment case. (A decision in the case was published at 44 A.3d 924, 928 (D.C. 2012).) Mr. Chong was lead counsel in Watson v. CSA, Ltd., 376 F. Supp. 2d 588, 590 (D. Md. 2005), in which the trial court rejected a defendant's motion to dismiss a discrimination case filed against it.

Mr. Chong was chief draftsman in an appeal filed by a defendant religious institution after the trial judge rejected the institution's claim that it was exempt from Title VII (the federal anti-employment-discrimination law). In a decision that has been the subject of extensive academic attention, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the trial judge. The dissent in the case criticized the majority opinion for acting precipitously in deciding a novel and challenging question. Kennedy v. St. Joseph's Ministries, Inc., 657 F.3d 189, 198 (4th Cir. 2011).

Professional Activities:

Mr. Chong is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland state bars. He has been a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association since 1999.

Mr. Chong was a judicial law clerk at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia before entering private practice. He formerly practiced with the highly-rated firm of Michael J. Hoare & Associates.

Credentials

Education

Washington College of Law of the American University (J.D., 1997). Articles Editor, American University Law Review. University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Sociology, 1994). While at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Chong served in a leadership role in the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, a national service organization.

Bar Admissions

Mr. Chong is admitted to practice in the Federal and State courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Fourth Circuit.