James I. Glasser has been selected to receive the prestigious 2020 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Second Circuit. Glasser has been a partner at the Connecticut law firm Wiggin and Dana LLP since 2007 and head of its litigation department since 2012. From 2010 to 2013, he chaired the firm’s white collar and investigations practice group.
"Jim has always been a student of the law, and the person to whom other lawyers—young and old—turn to for advice," says Joseph W. Martini, Esquire, of Spears Manning & Martini LLC, who wrote in support of Glasser’s nomination for the award. "He simply makes other lawyers better."
As a trial lawyer and appellate advocate, Glasser represents individuals and corporations in complex civil litigation and in investigations and prosecutions conducted by state and federal regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of State, Department of Commerce, and state attorneys general. He also conducts internal investigations and helps companies ensure compliance with the law. Another specialty is defending white collar cases, such as mail and wire fraud and alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Glasser teaches trial practice at Yale Law School.
Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Glasser spent almost two decades as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Connecticut. His roles there included counsel to the U.S. attorney, chief of the criminal division, and chief of appeals. Glasser also lectured frequently at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center and helped create its advanced trial advocacy course. Glasser was a litigation associate for Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon from 1985 to 1988.
Glasser is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the board of editors of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly. He was the first recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Professional Excellence Award in 2015. In addition to his service to the legal community, Glasser is president of the board of CT Star, a nonprofit organization that supports Connecticut’s Support Court initiative, which helps current and former criminal defendants with substance use problems reintegrate into their communities. He also serves on the regional board of the Anti-Defamation League.
Glasser earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1985.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, inspires the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring. The organization’s membership includes nearly 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in nearly 370 chapters nationwide. More information is available at home.innsofcourt.org.
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