With over two decades of experience at Ashcraft & Gerel, Jonathan Beiser has built a well-deserved reputation for successfully representing the rights of those injured in workplace accidents and the disabled.
Mr. Beiser advises clients throughout the country, providing the type of knowledge of and insights about workers’ compensation and social security disability that have earned him respect among his peers and industry accolades, including recognition among the top 5% of attorneys practicing workers’ compensation law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia by Super Lawyers.
Given his well-honed expertise that’s evolved over more than 23 years of experiences in and out of the courtroom, Mr. Beiser is often asked by Labor Unions, Lawyer Associations and vocational rehabilitation groups to speak at their events on workers’ rights in the context of job-related injuries and social security disability.
Longshore and Harbor Workers Act
Defense Base Act
Social Security Disability
One thing has remained constant for Mr. Beiser throughout his impressive career: his drive to help his clients rebuild their lives after a serious or catastrophic injury. This is why his work with his clients often doesn’t end with a verdict or settlement as he continues to guide them afterwards in thinking through their next steps in life.
In one notable workers’ compensation case, Mr. Beiser helped a man who had been injured so severely building the FedEx Field in Prince George’s County, Maryland that he was no longer able to continue with his employment as a union rodman. After multiple surgeries, Mr. Beiser helped this former client secure a degree in construction management, and then followed his progress as he eventually became the owner of his own multi-million dollar construction company.
In another life-changing incident, a young man was injured while working at a major department store. Even after surgery on his shoulder and back, he wasn’t able to keep his labor-intensive job. Through vocational rehabilitation, Mr. Beiser and his colleagues at Ashcraft & Gerel helped this former client enroll in computer training courses, which paved the way for him to eventually run the IT department of a major D.C.-based company.
Mr. Beiser has also assisted many injured defense contractors in resolving their cases and moving on with their lives when their injuries have prevented them from continuing with their chosen line of work. He has successfully resolved hundreds of claims through hearings, settlements and mediations.
Mr. Beiser’s career at Ashcraft & Gerel began with a high school internship, an experience that jumpstarted his interest in becoming a lawyer very early on. Right after graduating from the University of Baltimore with a law degree, Mr. Beiser came back to Ashcraft & Gerel to begin his legal career.
As a senior partner, Mr. Beiser has handled a wide variety of cases. Starting in Maryland workers’ compensation litigation, Mr. Beiser broadened his caseload to include Defense Base Act and Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claims, and social security disability fields he still finds both challenging and very gratifying.
B.A., University of Maryland, 1986
J.D., University of Baltimore, 1989
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
American Jurisprudence Award – Contract
Maryland Super Lawyers
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
Trial Lawyers Care Pro Bono Project for representing victims before the September 11th Victim’s Compensation Fund
American Association for Justice
District of Columbia Bar Association
DOL Joint Bar Association
Maryland Association for Justice
Maryland Bar Association
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
Montgomery County Bar Association
National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives
Prince George’s County Bar Association
Trial Lawyers’ Association of the District of Columbia
Work Injury Law & Advocacy Group
OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM
Mr. Beiser is on the board of Kids’ Chance of Maryland, an organization that provides scholarships for children of workers who have died, or were severely injured, as a result of a workplace incident. He is very involved in fundraising for this organization and has been the co-chair of a yearly golf tournament fundraiser for this nonprofit. Click here to find out more about this event.
Mr. Beiser doesn’t limit his love of sports to golf, however, as he enjoys watching the Redskins, the Wizards, the Capitals and the Maryland Terrapins.