Firm History

In 1971 Charles H. Schulze helped establish the firm which is now known as Schulze and Pederson, Chartered.  He was a former Assistant D.C. Corporation Counsel before turning to personal injury law.  Charles Hatfield Schulze was born in 1936 in McLean, Virginia and grew up in Washington, D.C.  In his early years he worked as a page on Capitol Hill and was a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.  He attended American University and American University School of Law.  He was an Assistant D.C. Corporation Counsel before establishing the law firm.  A substantial number of clients were police officers and over the years we have represented law enforcement officers from the highest levels and all types of local, state and federal agencies.

In April 2009 Mr. Schulze died of cardiac arrest after saving two young boys caught up in a rip current in the surf in Pompano Beach, Florida.  Charles Schulze was a generous man who worked hard at living life and doing good things for the community, clients, friends and family.  We honor him in our memory and assure all that knew Charlie that we are continuing what he started in 1971.

Leonard Charles Pederson, Jr. joined the firm in 1979, after having served two years as law clerk to a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and one year as a Social Security staff attorney in Spokane, Washington.  Mr. Pederson received his B.A. from the University of Washington (Phi Beta Kapa), then attended Georgetown Law School where he received his Juris Doctor and Masters of Law Degree.  Upon the death of his partner, Charles H. Schulze, Leonard Pederson assumed management of the firm Schulze and Pederson.