James M. Eisenmann

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Of Counsel since October 1, 2018
Washington, District of Columbia

JAMES M. EISENMANN joined Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. as Of Counsel on October 1, 2018. Prior to joining KCNF, Jim was the Executive Director of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board between January 2013 and September 2018. Mr. Eisenmann served as MSPB's General Counsel from January 2010, until January 2013.

Between 2005 and 2010, Mr. Eisenmann was a founding member of Kraft Eisenmann Alden, PLLC, a labor, employment and employee benefits law firm established in Washington, DC. From 1991 to 2005, Mr. Eisenmann served as an associate, senior associate and principal in the firm Passman & Kaplan, P.C. In private practice, Mr. Eisenmann represented employees and employers in the federal and private sectors in all manner of employment-related issues.

He is a frequent lecturer regarding various aspects of employment law, constitutional law and leadership issues. Mr. Eisenmann is an adjunct instructor at American University's Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program. He is also an adjunct professor in American University's School of Public Affairs, Master of Public Administration program. He is a co-author of the book entitled Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide. Mr. Eisenmann has served in many capacities with the DC Bar Labor & Employment Law Section. He also has served on the Boards of Directors and Board of Advisors of local non-profit organizations.

Mr. Eisenmann received a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University and received his law degree from the Catholic University of America School of Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law (federal and private sector)
  • Whistleblower Protection Act
  • Federal Employees/Civil Service
  • IG Investigations
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Severance Agreements/Executive Compensation
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • 1st Amendment

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1992
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1991
  • West Virginia University
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1986
  • Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society - 2011

Published Works

  • Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide, 3rd Edition, Co-Author


  • American University, School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration, Master of Public Administration Program
  • American University, School of Public Affairs, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Family Matters of Greater Washington, Chairman

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, Executive Director, 2013 - 2018
  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, General Counsel, 2010 - 2013
  • Kraft Eisenmann Alden, PLLC, Founding Principal, 2005 - 2010
  • Passman & Kaplan, P.C., Principal, 1996 - 2005
  • Passman & Kaplan, P.C., Senior Associate/Associate, 1991 - 1996