Litigation Department Chair Wins Professional Excellence Award

November 4, 2015


Wiggin and Dana attorneys come out to support Jim Glasser's Professional Excellence Award. Group L-R – Paul Hughes, David Ring, Jenny Chou, Bill Perrone, Jim Glasser, Kevin Smith, Tahlia Townsend, Joseph Martini, Aaron Bayer and Alan Schwartz.

New Haven – 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 the legal profession and the practice of law in general.

"It is fitting that Jim Glasser would be chosen to receive Connecticut's inaugural Professional Excellence Award," said Paul Hughes, 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 the best attorneys in the state and we are proud to have Jim Glasser as our partner. We congratulate Jim and the other 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 the New York City law firm of 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 penchant to take on difficult investigations and prosecutions. 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 the Chair of Wiggin and Dana's 70 person Litigation Department. He represents corporations and individuals in civil litigation and when they are the subjects of investigation and prosecution by federal and state regulatory authorities. He regularly conducts internal investigations and 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 48 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 is the Chair of the Federal Grievance Committee for the District of Connecticut. He is a fellow of 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, the Criminal Procedure Committee of the Federal Bar Council and the Advisory Board of Connecticut's Juvenile Training School and the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League.


A profile of Jim's experience and accomplishments were highlighted in The Connecticut Law Tribune. To view the article, click here.