New Haven (July 7, 2015)
– Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that Litigation Department Chair Jim Glasser has been awarded the Connecticut Law Tribune’s 2015 Professional Excellence Award. The award honors attorneys with 30 or more years of experience who have made substantial contributions during their careers to law firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations, law schools and the judiciary, and to the practice of law in general.
“It is fitting that Jim Glasser would be chosen to receive an inaugural Professional Excellence Award,” comments Bob Benjamin, Chair of Wiggin and Dana’s Executive Committee. “Jim has contributed to the profession in innumerable ways over the course of his career, as a federal prosecutor, trial and appellate lawyer, law firm leader, teacher and dedicated volunteer. The Connecticut Law Tribune has chosen to honor many of the best attorneys in the state with this award, and Jim Glasser certainly belongs within these ranks. We congratulate Jim and all of the 2015 recipients.”
Jim has had a distinguished career in public service, in private practice and in service to the Bar and the community. He began his legal career at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon and then was a federal prosecutor for 19 years in the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office where he held senior positions, including Chief of Appeals, Chief of the Criminal Division, and Counsel to the U.S. Attorney. Jim received the Department of Justice Director’s Award and Connecticut’s coveted “Standing-Tall” Award for his willingness to take on difficult cases. Immediately after September 11, 2001, he was appointed to head Connecticut’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force and was later appointed to the U.S. Attorney General’s Criminal Chiefs Advisory Committee.
Jim is Chair of Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department. He represents corporations and individuals in civil litigation and when they are the subjects of investigation by federal and state regulatory authorities. He also counsels clients in the defense industry on compliance with international trade laws. Jim is also an accomplished appellate lawyer, having briefed and argued more than 45 cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Jim serves on the Committee on Admissions and Grievances for the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and on the Federal Grievance Committee for the District of Connecticut. He is a member of the Federal Bar Council and the American College of Trial Lawyers, and teaches trial practice at Yale Law School. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly and the Advisory Board of Connecticut’s Juvenile Training School and the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League. Jim also serves on the ritual committee of his Synagogue. Wiggin and Dana
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