Patricia L. Glaser
Patricia Glaser is head of Glaser Weil’s Litigation Department and tops the short list of trial attorneys in the nation sought after for high-stakes litigation. Respected as a business trial lawyer, she also provides general legal counsel to publicly and privately held companies across a range of industries, including intellectual property, real estate, entertainment, banking and securities. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, major studios, real estate investors and developers, financial institutions and high-profile entertainers and public figures.
Ms. Glaser is consistently ranked as one of California's top business trial attorneys. Chambers and Partners describes her as a "trial icon" and gives her top California rankings in both General Commercial Litigation and Media & Entertainment Litigation. Benchmark Litigation identifies Ms. Glaser in its rankings of "Top 20 Trial Lawyers California," "Top 100 Trial Lawyers," and "Top 250 Women Litigators." In a recent Benchmark profile, the publication states that Ms. Glaser is "arguably the firm’s most celebrated figure and a 'fearless' trial lawyer," considered "a first-call among her wide-ranging client base." Since its inception in 2005, she repeatedly has been recognized by Lawdragon Magazine as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. The Los Angeles Business Journal recently awarded her the "Legal Excellence (Lifetime) Specialty Award," named her “Business Leader of the Year” in the Services category and lists her among the “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles" and the “Los Angeles 500,” a guide of the most influential individuals in Los Angeles. She has also earned the prestigious honor of "Legal Legend," "Power Lawyer," and "Hall of Fame Legend" by The Hollywood Reporter. Year after year, Ms. Glaser is included in the Daily Journal's lists of "100 Leading Attorneys in California,” “Top Women Litigators," and "California's Top Entertainment Attorneys." She is also consistently named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list and selected for inclusion by The Best Lawyers in America. Martindale-Hubbell recognizes her as an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer — the highest category awarded, indicating that a lawyer's peers regard him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Ms. Glaser serves on the board of directors of several prominent arts organizations, including the Los Angeles Music Center Theatre Group and The Geffen Playhouse. Her interest in the arts extends to producing plays and other theatrical pieces. Her leadership positions include having served on the Board of Trustees for The National Judicial College, serving on the Board of Governors of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Vice Chair of the Western Region of the American Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and on the UCLA Israel Studies Program Advisory Board. In addition, Ms. Glaser is a member of the Advancement Project Leadership Council, a next-generation civil rights advocacy organization, and is active in fundraising for a large number of charities, political issues and candidates.
Ms. Glaser received her bachelor’s degree from The American University and her law degree from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, she served on the Law Review and as president of the Student Bar Association. She currently serves on the Rutgers Dean Advisory Counsel. After law school, she clerked for Hon. David W. Williams, U.S. District Court judge for the Central District of California.
Represents plaintiff shopping center developers, who entered into a site development agreement and other contracts with Lowe's under which Lowe's agreed to build a home improvement store, but later failed to do so.
Defending online legal document service LegalZoom.com in a class action alleging violations of the California Business and Professions Code.
Representing a former Creative Artists Agency agent in a high-profile case against CAA claiming that it owes him more than $5 million in bonuses and vacation pay.
Secured two unanimous jury verdicts (both after less than an hour of deliberation) and a bench verdict in three related wrongful termination and wage/hour claims filed against Herb Simon, the prominent shopping center developer and owner of the Indiana Pacers.
Won a unanimous jury verdict for Ben Soleimani, a real estate developer and prominent designer, and Mansour Fine Rugs in a discrimination lawsuit alleging various employment-related claims. The plaintiff sought millions of dollars in damages.
Secured for Broadcom Corp. co-founder a $27.8 million judgment arising out of a loan he made to a real estate developer.
Represented a major brokerage firm in a lawsuit filed by a lender that claimed an appraisal, prepared by a now-deceased appraiser, for a Nevada residential and resort development was fraudulent. The case settled while six summary judgment motions were pending 45 days before trial.
Successfully defended an international toy manufacturer and distributor accused of trademark infringement in a jury trial.
In an SEC investigation of a major client, presented extensive and compelling documentation, after which the Commission terminated its investigation.
Successfully prosecuted before a jury a 10b-5 claim against a major broker dealer involving a private placement memorandum.
Represented the international real estate brokerage firm CB Richard Ellis and one of its executives in a trial where the plaintiff was claiming more than $15 million in lost profits. The jury deliberated less than an hour before delivering a verdict in favor of the client.
Secured the dismissal of a class action lawsuit seeking $4 million in damages against entertainer Miley Cyrus and her holding company.
Handling consumer and securities class action litigation in a variety of jurisdictions.
For the design firm owned by well-known architect Frank Gehry, obtained the dismissal of a breach of contract lawsuit claiming more than $22 million in damages.
Los Angeles Music Center Theatre Group, member of the Board of Directors
The Geffen Playhouse, member of the Board of Directors
AltaMed Foundation, Board of Trustees
The National Judicial College, former member of the Board of Trustees
Western Region of the American Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, vice chair
UCLA Israel Studies Program, member of the Advisory Board
Advancement Project Leadership Council
Los Angeles Superior Court Central Civil Bench/Bar Liaison Committee
Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
The Paley Center for Media, Member
World's Jewish Museum Advisory Council, Member
Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member
Patty Glaser Will Present ‘Great Closing Arguments' at the ABA’s Litigation Section Workshop
“Conan O’Brien Retains Patty Glaser and Kevin Leichter in Dispute with NBC,” The National Law Journal
Where have we been, where are we going: Six perennial top listers talk about the last 20 years of law, 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers magazine
Honors & Awards
Chambers and Partners, Media & Entertainment: Litigation (Band 1) and Litigation: General Commercial (Band 2)
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, multiple years
500 Leading Litigators in America, Lawdragon, 2022
500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, multiple years
The Los Angeles 500, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2016-2022
Legal Excellence (Lifetime) Specialty Award, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2022
Power Lawyers, The Hollywood Reporter, multiple years
Legal Legend, The Hollywood Reporter, mulitple years
Legal Impact Report, Variety, multiple years
Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Business Journal, multiple years
Hall of Fame Legend,The Hollywood Reporter, 2020
Business Leader of the Year, in the Services category, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2018
Lawdragon Legend, Lawdragon 500, 2017
Lawyer of the Year finalist, Los Angeles Business Journal, Leaders in Law Awards, 2016
Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, multiple years
Women in Entertainment: Power 100, The Hollywood Reporter, 2015-2017
Top Women Litigators, Daily Journal, multiple years
Best Lawyers in America, multiple years
Among the Southern California Super Lawyers, multiple years, including Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers and Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers in 2013-2019
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated
Bruce I. Hochman Maimonides Torch of Justice Award, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles Legal Division, 2009
National Scopus Award, The American Friends of the Hebrew University, 2013