Joseph D. Gebhardt

Joseph D. Gebhardt

Of Counsel
Silver Spring, Maryland

Joseph D. Gebhardt is Of Counsel with Gilbert Employment Law. Mr. Gebhardt holds the prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (the highest lawyer's rating) and is honored in The Washingtonian's Top Lawyers list and in Best Lawyers in America. He is a board member and committee co-chair for the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) and a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Maryland State Bar Association. For two decades before joining Gilbert Employment Law in 2014, he was managing partner and senior attorney at Gebhardt & Associates, LLP, a highly regarded employment law and civil rights firm in Washington, DC.

Mr. Gebhardt provides legal services to federal, state, and private employees who have cases before the federal courts and administrative agencies. He also advises and assists other attorneys with their cases for employees, and he counsels terminated employees on separation agreements and severance agreements. Mr. Gebhardt has represented thousands of employees and handled hundreds of cases in such areas as age discrimination, race discrimination, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, civil service rights, and whistleblower rights. He has represented employees in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and (as co-counsel only) Virginia; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Federal, and Fourth Circuits; the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB); the U.S. Congress' Office of Compliance; the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC); and the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights. Originally trained in public interest litigation in Washington, DC, Mr. Gebhardt has dedicated his 45-year legal career to pursuing the cause of justice by advocating for civil rights and employee rights.

Mr. Gebhardt has authored several published works, including Racism Unchecked: The Saga of the U.S. Capitol Police's Discriminatory Employment Practices and its Defense of Those Practices, 2009; Blueprint for Civil Service Reform (co-author), Fund for Constitutional Government Report, 1976 (this was a catalyst for the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978); and The Offenses of Richard M. Nixon: A Guide to his Impeachable Crimes (co-author), New York Times Book Co., 1974.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell College of Iowa

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Areas of Practice

  • Federal Court Litigation and Appeals
  • Separation and Severance Agreements
  • Federal Sector Employment Discrimination
  • Private Sector Employment Discrimination
  • Federal Civil Service Employee Rights
  • Federal Retirement Benefits