Summary

Anthony Michael Glassman focuses his practice in the areas of First Amendment rights, media law, product disparagement, publicity and privacy rights, crisis management, and white collar criminal defense.

Mr. Glassman began his career as a government prosecutor in the Los Angeles United States Attorney’s office. Mr. Glassman has tried over one hundred  civil and criminal trials to jury verdict, including over thirty as an Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Glassman also has handled numerous appellate matters, both civil and criminal, before the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit en banc, the Fifth Circuit and the Tenth Circuit.

Mr. Glassman successfully has prosecuted numerous high-profile lawsuits against media defendants and others. As a plaintiff’s lawyer he obtained close to $10 million in jury verdicts against The New York Times on behalf of the then-largest shareholder of Santa Barbara Savings and Loan. With Daniel J. Bergeson, he also settled a matter on behalf of Al Shugart, founder of Seagate Technology, for $500,000 and a public apology from  the Consumer Attorneys of California. In 2010, Mr. Glassman obtained a major Ninth Circuit decision in favor of his client, Reverend Frederick K.C. Price, founder of the Crenshaw Christian Center, in a defamation action against ABC News and its reporter John Stossel (Price v. Stossel (9th Cir. 2010) 620 F.3d 992). In February 2016, Mr. Glassman was trial co-counsel representing Los Angeles real estate investor Brad Cohen and helped obtain a $38 million jury award in Las Vegas federal court against a former tenant who defamed Mr. Cohen on the internet by comparing him to Bernard Madoff.  The verdict now has been affirmed by the Ninth Circuit (Bradley Cohen v. Ross Hansen, No. 16-15943 (9th Cir. 2019)).

Mr. Glassman also scored a major product disparagement victory for pharmaceutical giant Allergan by having a book entitled "Dying To Be Young: From Botox To Botulism" recalled, taken out of bookstores, and edited to delete any critical reference to Botox.

In the area of name, likeness, and performance misappropriation, Mr. Glassman won a claim for Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes against Sandals Resorts in connection with its misappropriation of their Academy Award winning performance of "The Time Of My Life" from the film Dirty Dancing, which was used to promote the Caribbean resort hotels.

As a media defense lawyer, Mr. Glassman successfully defended a leading media outlet against high-profile defamation claims.  He also successfully defended Hugh Hefner against claims of defamation and misappropriation.

Mr. Glassman is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He has been named to 2005 – 2010 and 2012 – 2019 “Southern California Super Lawyers” list compiled by Law and Politics, which consists of the top five percent of attorneys in Southern California based on peer nomination and research.  Mr. Glassman has achieved the prestigious AV rating by Martindale Hubbel.  He also has been named to “The Best Lawyers in America” by Naifeh & Smith.

While an undergraduate at USC, Mr. Glassman was a varsity baseball letterman for Rod Dedeaux’s USC Trojans and played in the College World Series.

Representative Cases

  • Allergan v. Nightengale Press
    Represented pharmaceutical giant Allergan, makers of Botox, in a defamation, product disparagement claim in connection with the book Dying to be Young – From Botox to Botulism. Defendant agreed to cease publication of the book, substitute a new title deleting reference to “Botox” and edited out all references to Botox.

  • Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes v. Sandals Resorts International, Ltd.
    Successfully represented Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes in connection with claim that Sandals Resorts (operators of 10 Caribbean luxury hotels) misappropriated Medley and Warnes Academy Award and Grammy winning performance of (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life featured in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing for use in a nationally broadcast television commercial for the Sandals Resorts. The case settled after the trial court granted plaintiffs’ motion for pre-trial disclosure of Sandals’ net worth information based on the court’s finding that plaintiffs were likely to prevail on their claim and to recover punitive damages.

Publications

Author: “Judges oppose federal anti-SLAPP,” Los Angeles Daily Journal; June 11, 2013

Author: “Calif. High Court Ruling: Good News for Defamation Plaintiff,” The Recorder; June 3, 2019