Michael L. Spekter

  • Of Counsel
Silver Spring, MD



Michael Spekter is of counsel to Gilbert Employment Law and specializes in representing federal employees in employment and retirement related matters He has practiced extensively before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as both the local and federal Courts of the District of Columbia and Maryland, and especially at  the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he has been responsible for a number of federal seminal retirement cases which protect the rights of part time federal employees.

He is a graduate of Villanova University, BA cum laude, Honors Program, and received his JD degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law where he was a dean’s list student.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Spekter was one of the original senior prosecuting  attorneys for the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, and  litigated numerous seminal federal whistleblower retaliation and Hatch Act cases in the federal government. He has also successfully litigated numerous DC Whistleblower cases.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Spekter is an adjunct professor at both the University of Baltimore School of Law and American University Washington College of Law where he teaches courses on Law Practice Management. He also coaches the ABA employment law moot court team from The University of Baltimore Law School.

He is also an active member of the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association, where he holds a position on the Leadership Council, and as an associate editor to Law Practice, the magazine of the Law Practice Division, where he is a regular contributor.

Mr. Spekter began his legal career in Arizona as a Pima County Public Defender, in Tucson Arizona. He is a member of the bars of Arizona, Maryland and the District of Columbia, the companion Federal Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1975
  • Maryland, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1975
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Juris Doctor – 1975
    • Honors: Deans List
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • Bachelors of Arts cum laude – 1971
    • Major: Honors Program

Published Works

  • “The New Whistleblower Protection Act: Fine Tuning Disclosure Protection” Michael L. Spekter, Esq., Federal Merit Systems Reporter, Volume 89, Number 4E, May, 1989
  • “Lawyers Lounge” Stuart Stiller Prize for Creative Writing by a Member of the D.C. Bar, The District Lawyer, 1989
  • The Redbook, A Manual on Legal Style, Second Edition, Bryan A. Garner, Editor in Chief Black’s Law Dictionary, Thomson-West


  • Adjunct Professor – University of Baltimore Law School, 2004 – 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • NELA

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Office of Special Counsel, Senior Prosecution Atty, 1979 – 1982
  • Pima County Public Defenders Office, Tucson, Arizona, Supervisory Attorney, 1977 – 1979


  • English


  • Tau Kappa Epsilon

Law Firm of Michael L. Spekter, Esq.
1100 Wayne Avenue
Suite 900
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Phone: 202-921-9377
Fax: 240-235-4441

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