Anthony Michael Glassman

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 co-founded Glassman, Browning, Saltsman & Jacobs, Inc. with Roger Browning in October 1968. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney, where Mr. Glassman tried 35 federal criminal jury trials to verdict, including prosecutions for tax, mail, and wire fraud, in addition to narcotics conspiracy, counterfeiting, and obscenity cases.

Mr. Glassman's past jury trials number in the triple digits and include numerous high-profile victories. As lead California trial counsel for the tabloid Globe, Mr. Glassman defended cases brought by celebrities including George Harrison, Clint Eastwood, Joan Collins, Tom Selleck, and Rod Stewart. As lead trial counsel for Playboy, Mr. Glassman defended cases brought by celebrities including Charlize Theron, Daryl Hannah, Vanna White, and Kelly LeBrock. 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. He also obtained a $500,000 settlement on behalf of Al Shugart, founder of Seagate Technology, against the Consumer Attorneys of California. Mr. Glassman successfully defended Playboy founder Hugh Hefner against personal defamation claims, and he successfully sued Larry Flynt and Hustler Magazine for invasion of privacy. Most recently, 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. Moreover, Mr. Glassman has represented corporations and individuals in a range of wrongful termination and sexual harassment claims.

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Practice Areas:

  • Media and First Amendment Litigation
  • Defamation
  • Product Disparagement
  • Crisis Management
  • Publicity, Privacy and Misappropriation Litigation
  • White Collar Crime
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Appellate


  • Of Counsel, Bergeson LLP, San Jose, California, 1997-present
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Los Angeles, Criminal Division, 1966-1968
  • Member, U.S.C. baseball team and played for Rod Dedeaux's U.S.C. Trojans in the 1960 College World Series

Achievements and Honors:


  • Speaker, "Newsgathering and Libel Litigation 2000: The Use of Defamatory Implications," Practicing Law Institute, Los Angeles, 2000
  • Speaker, "Electronic Discovery-The Playboy Protocol," Association of Business, Trial Lawyers, San Francisco, 2003
  • Speaker, "Federal Implementation of California Anti-SLAPP Statute," Mealy's SLAPP Conference, Pasadena, 2003
  • Speaker, "Trying The Business Punitive Damages Case," Association of Business Trial Lawyers, New Mexico, 2003
  • Moderator, "Current Development in Punitive Damages Litigation," Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, 2004

Selected Current and Past Clients:

  • Nicholas Cage
  • Hugh M. Hefner
  • Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Globe International
  • Al Shugart, founder of Seagate Technology
  • Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman
  • Robert Shapiro
  • Crenshaw Christian Center
  • Allergan Pharmaceutical International
  • Skechers USA, Inc.
  • DynCorp International
  • Prime Healthcare Services

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Glassman, Browning, Saltsman & Jacobs, Inc. · 360 North Bedford Drive, Suite 204 · Beverly Hills, California 90210

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