Robert Glassman focuses his practice on litigating large and complex personal injury, wrongful death and product defect cases on behalf of plaintiffs. Since joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Mr. Glassman has obtained favorable results through trial or settlement for his clients in lawsuits against negligent individuals and public and private entities, including the manufacturers and distributors of dangerous products. Mr. Glassman is committed to seeking justice for his clients who have been injured as a result of individual or corporate wrongdoing.
Recently, Mr. Glassman, along with firm partner Brian Panish, successfully represented a professional basketball player in a products liability case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The player was balancing on a stability ball during training camp while performing a bench-press-type activity with dumbbells when the ball unexpectedly burst and caused him to suffer a right wrist fracture and sit out for the majority of the NBA season. The plaintiff sued the Italian manufacturer of the exercise ball and the distributors asserting strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. The parties settled for a confidential amount. As a condition of the settlement, the manufacturer agreed to circulate a letter reminding its distributors that exercise balls should never be used with weights and advising the distributors to forward the letter to their customers as soon as possible. (AAJ summary)
In August of 2012, along with firm partner Rahul Ravipudi, Mr. Glassman represented Mynor Avalos in an eight day jury trial in San Bernardino County Superior Court. Mr. Avalos was a patron at a recycling center in Barstow who suffered a back injury when a forklift pinned him against the back of his truck. Defendants claimed that the incident never happened. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $944,137.
In October of 2010, along with Brian Panish, Mr. Glassman represented Robert Crenshaw, a former correctional officer, in a seven day jury trial in Kings County Superior Court. Mr. Crenshaw suffered debilitating injuries when a Land O’ Lakes tractor-trailer truck made an unsafe turn and crashed into Mr. Crenshaw’s motorcycle as he was on his way home from work at Corcoran State Prison. After the jury deliberated for two and a half hours, they returned an award for the plaintiff in the amount of $6.45 million, making Robert Crenshaw v. Land O’ Lakes, Inc. the largest personal injury verdict in Kings County history. The case was also recognized as a Top Ten Verdict of 2010 by the Daily Journal.
Mr. Glassman attended Southwestern Law School where he served as president of the student body, and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program. During law school, 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. In his second year of law school, Mr. Glassman finished in first place in the John G. Bonelli Memorial Trial Advocacy Competition. Mr. Glassman also served as president of his class during his undergraduate years at Bucknell University, where he received his B.A. in English, and graduated cum laude.
Mr. Glassman serves on the Governing Board of Directors for Southwestern Law School’s Nickel Club alumni organization. He also serves on the Coordinating Committee for the Young Lawyers Guide, a joint publication of Los Angeles Lawyer and LACBA Barristers. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, serves as a member on LACBA’s Barristers Division Executive Committee and is actively involved in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and Consumer Attorneys of California. In November of 2011, Mr. Glassman was elected to serve as the 2012 Political Chair on the New Lawyers Division Executive Committee for the Consumer Attorneys of California.
Mr. Glassman is admitted to the District of Columbia, California and the United States District Courts for the Central and Eastern Districts of California.
Articles by Robert Glassman
- Exploding Exercise Ball Injures NBA Player
- Casey And Glassman Detail The Benefits of a Mock Jury in Forum
- Robert Glassman – From Law Student to Seasoned Litigator in Just Three Years
- $6.6 Million Auto Collision Award Makes Waves in Southern California
- Boyle and Glassman Discuss Obviously Intoxicated Minors Statute
The Expansive Reach of Proposition 213
- Los Angeles Lawyer – Robert Glassman discusses Proposition 213 and its broad interpretations, as well as surviving remedies and thoeries.
Finding Opportunity to Chip Away at Prop. 51