Robert Glassman is a trial attorney at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP where he litigates large and complex personal injury, wrongful death and product defect cases on behalf of individuals. He is recognized among the 2020 Best Lawyers in America®, named 2018 “Rising Star” in Personal Injury litigation by Law360 and been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine since 2013 where he has also been consistently selected as one of the “Up-and-Coming 100 Southern California Rising Stars” — the list of lawyers who ranked at the top of the Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list.
In 2019, Mr. Glassman was selected by the Consumer Attorneys of California as a finalist for the Consumer Attorney of the Year award for his work on Pierce v. Murrieta Valley Unified School District; the top honor is awarded to a CAOC member who significantly advanced the rights or safety of California consumers by achieving a noteworthy result in a case. Mr. Glassman was selected for the same distinction in 2018 for his work in Lee v. Pupil Transportation Cooperative.
Some of Mr. Glassman’s most notable trial victories include:
Diao v. Southern California Gas Company (Los Angeles jury awarded a $19,786,818 verdict to injured plaintiff following a gas explosion at home in San Gabriel, CA). The judgment was recently upheld on appeal.
Ortega v. Lim (San Diego County jury awarded a $1,957,500 verdict for a man who suffered a back injury after his pick-up truck was struck by another vehicle whose driver was distracted and ran a red light at an intersection.)
Avalos v. All Recycling Center (San Bernardino jury awarded a $944,137 verdict to patron after company forklift pinned him against the back of his truck in Barstow, CA)
Crenshaw v. Land O’Lakes, Inc. (Kings County jury awarded $6.45 million verdict to Corcoran State Prison correctional officer after motorcycle crash in Hanford, CA). For the work Mr. Glassman and firm partner Brian Panish did on the Crenshaw case, it was recognized by The Daily Journal as a Top Ten Verdict of 2010.
Kluthe v. Charles Doherty Concrete (Vista, California jury awarded a $1,552,917.56 verdict for a young man who suffered a back injury after his vehicle was struck by a cement dump truck that ran a red light at an intersection)
Mr. Glassman has also recovered millions of dollars for his clients in settlements against some of the nation’s biggest food and beverage companies, real estate companies, utility companies, hotel chains, automotive and trucking companies and local, statewide and national public entities.
Some of Mr. Glassman’s notable settlements include:
Lee v. Pupil Transportation Cooperative ($23,500,000 for the parents of Hun Joon “Paul” Lee, a 19-year-old non-verbal autistic student who tragically died aboard a Whittier school bus after the driver left him behind to engage in a sexual tryst with a co-worker)
Pierce v. Murietta Valley Unified School District ($11,000,000 for the family of a middle school student who drowned during a school-sponsored swim party)
Miller v. National Hotel Chain ($8,000,000 for an 81-year-old woman who suffered a serious spinal cord injury after falling at a hotel.)
Does v. National Freight Company ($6,500,000 for the two minor children and friend of a man struck and killed on the highway by a freight truck whose driver had fallen asleep behind the wheel.)
Agu v. UC Regents ($4,750,000 for the parents of a Cal Berkeley football player with sickle cell trait who died during an off-season conditioning drill)
Prior to working at Panish Shea & Boyle, Mr. Glassman clerked at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the Major Crimes Division where he worked on high profile murder prosecutions and in the Preliminary Hearing Unit where he conducted dozens of preliminary felony hearings. Mr. Glassman also previously worked on Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
Mr. Glassman attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA where he obtained his B.A. degree in English. Following college, Mr. Glassman obtained his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles where he served as president of the student body, and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program.
Dedicated to giving back to his community and the legal profession, Mr. Glassman is on the board of the Brentwood Community Council and previously served as the president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Section. He is also actively involved in other local, statewide and national bar associations and public interest groups including the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), National Crime Victim Bar Association and Bet Tzedek. He also volunteers his time at the Stephen Wise Temple’s Center for Social Justice.
Mr. Glassman’s previous leadership positions include:
- President, Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers
- Nickel Club President (Southwestern Law School’s Young Alumni Association)
- Political Chair, New Lawyers Division, Consumer Attorneys of California
- Student Body President, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA
- Class President, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.
- Senior Class President, Whitfield School, St. Louis, MO.
Mr. Glassman is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, California and United States District Courts throughout California.
Robert Glassman in the News:
Watch videos and read press about the Porter Ranch Gas Blowout featuring Mr. Glassman:
Watch and read news report on lawsuits involving exploding e-cigarette lithium batteries featuring Mr. Glassman here
Watch a Welcome Message from Barristers President Robert Glassman here.
Watch Mr. Glassman deliver the 2016 Orientation keynote address at Southwestern Law School here.
Articles by Robert Glassman:
Preparing Damages Witnesses for Trial
- American Association for Justice – Robert Glassman and Nathan Werksman discuss damages testimony and damages witnesses.
Purton v. Marriott International, Inc. has Expanded Employer Liability for the Drunken negligence of Employees
- Los Angeles Lawyer – Party’s Over Article written By Robert Glassman and Kevin Boyle.
The Expansive Reach of Proposition 213
- Los Angeles Lawyer – Robert Glassman discusses Proposition 213 and its broad interpretations, as well as surviving remedies and theories.
Finding Opportunity to Chip Away at Prop. 51
How Southwestern’s Nickel Club Gives Back and Makes Careers
The Issue of the “Obviously Intoxicated Minors” Statute
- Plaintiff Magazine – Robert Glassman and Kevin Boyle discuss the liability under Business and Professions code section 25602.1 and three key strategies.
Compelling the Participation of Recalcitrant Witnesses at Deposition
- Los Angeles Lawyer – Robert Glassman discusses steps to file a strong motion to compel and get the answers you deserve.