• Frederick J. Glassman

fglassman@fglawcorp.com Frederick J. Glassman is the co-founder and senior partner of Frederick J. Glassman Law Corporation, assisting clients throughout Southern California in the full scope of family law matters, including divorce and pre-marital agreements. Fred focuses his practice on consensual methods of dispute resolution, rather than litigation, to settle family law disputes. Fred's goal is to bring closure for divorcing couples while maintaining their dignity and respect for each other.

He previously conducted mediations for the Los Angeles County Superior Court, acting both as a coach for mediation trainings and currently acts as a consulting attorney in mediations.  In addition to being a frequent speaker and instructor on collaborative practice and mediation issues, he was the President of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA)  from 2007 - 2012, and authored a bi-monthly column for the LACFLA Newsletter entitled "Ask Dr. Cole A. Borative."

In July, 2007 Fred was featured in The Los Angeles Daily Journal lead article entitled "Collaborative Divorce Booms as Method to Ease the Parting."  His review of Family Code 2013, recognizing collaborative law in California, appears as the leading article for the September 2007 issue of Lexis-Nexis California Law Monthly. Fred was an instructor for the UCLA Extension Department of Legal Programs, teaching the courses "Collaborative Practice: An Appropriate Model for Dispute Resolution" and "Dispute Resolution in Family Law: Collaborative Practice and Mediation."

He was a featured panel member for "The Consulting Attorney as Chameleon: Adapting to the Landscape of Family ADR Practice" at the 2006 American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Conference; at the 2007 ABA Conference he was the featured panel member for "An ADR Family Law Primer: How to Effectively Communicate with your Clients", and for "ADR opportunities for Families in Crisis" at the 2010 ABA Conference.

Fred was the moderator and featured panel member at the 2005 International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Annual Networking and Educational Forum for the program "From Talk the Talk to Walk the Walk: Enrolling the Client,"  a featured panel member for "A Not So Funny Thing Happened on the Way To and From the Altar" at the 2006 IACP Conference, and for "When Termination is Invevitable" at the 2010 IACP Conference.  He was a featured panel member for the American Bar Association "Representing the High Profile Client" in 2003; for the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association "Enrolling the Client in the Collaborative Law Process" in 2004; and for the Seminar Group "Alternate Dispute Resolution - Prepare the Client" in 2005.

Fred appeared on the Time Warner Public Television shows "Collaborative Practice: the Sensible, Safe, and Sensitive Way to Divorce" in 2008, "Changing the Face of Divorce - New Century, New Beginnings" in 2005, and on "What is Collaborative Law" in 2002. Fred continues to present his protocol on enrolling clients in collaborative law as a featured panel member for "All Roads Lead to Collaborative Law."

He authored "A Lawyer's Roadmap for the Collaborative Law Model" for the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Journal in the Spring of 2006, and "Family Law" for the Witness Chair Quarterly, a publication of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants in 2007. In June of 2007, Fred presented "Collaborative Law - The Optimum Fit for Financial Professionals" at the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Fourteenth Annual Consultants Conference. Fred wrote a leading article on collaborative practice entitled "Advocacy Redefined" for the January 2008 issue of LawDragon, a national publication; and the article entitled "The Uniform Collaborative Law Act - Today and Tomorrow" for the Family Law News - Official Publication of the State Bar of California in 2010. Fred's Chapter in the 2010 Thomas Reuters book is "Collaborative Law: A Way to Resolve With Respect".

He was the President of Collaborative Practice California (CPCal), the statewide organization for 2013-2014 and as immediate past-President serves as co-chair of the diversity committee.  He served on the Board of Directors for the California Dispute Resolution Council  from 2008-2012.

Fred has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® and is listed in Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers with their highest "AV" peer rating.  He is the recipient of the  State of California Collaborative Practice "Eureka Award" for outstanding service, and was named in Southern California's Best Lawyers from 2009 to 2015 Editions for both Collaborative Family Law and Mediation. Named Best Lawyer's 2014 and 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" in Los Angeles for Collaborative Family Law and Mediation.

Endorsements:

“Fred Glassman cares! That's what makes him so special. His approach to collaboration focuses on divorce resolution with a proper balance of both the law and the equities, in a transparent and cost effective manner. He means it when he commits to the collaborative process with the divorcing couple, no matter the ebb and flow of the process, knowing full well that litigation is the default result of failure. Fred brings the courage of his conviction and strength of his intellect and broad specialized experience to the uniqueness of each step in the collaborative process, which no doubt is the reason for his enviable track record of collaborations successfully completed.”

Michael Carter, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Dole Food Company, Inc.

"Fred Glassman, Esq. is in a class by himself among lawyers today: he is both an ambassador and results-oriented advisor.  As an ambassador, he brings out the good will in people, and brings parties together.  And he digs deep to provide results through actions, not just words.  He follows through to the bitter end, to concretely and finally resolve conflict.  He sees the positive side to things, and understands the people issues and dynamics of personalities in a way that most cannot.  In today's world of litigation, Fred helps solve the problem through mediation and collaboration in a very positive manner that positions the parties for a lasting, long term resolution."

Todd Pratt, EVP/COO, Chandler Partners

Education, Awards and Professional Activities:

  • State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa B.A. (1961)
  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) J.D.  (1965)
  • California State Bar (1966)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1966)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1971)
  • L.A. Superior Court, Family Law Department, Mediation Hearing Officer
  • Mediator for L.A. Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Family Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution Sections
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Standing Committee South for California State Bar
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, President 2007-2012, Board of Directors
  • Collaborative Practice California (CPCal), Board of Directors and President 2013-2014
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Instructor at UCLA Extension Department of Legal Programs
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America ® 2007-2014
  • California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC), Board of Directors
  • Recipient of the 2008 State of California Collaborative Practice Eureka Award
  • Official Observer to the Drafting Committee on the Uniform Collaborative Law Act for Uniform Law Commission (NCCUSL)
  • Director and Trainer for LACLFA’s annual basic interdisciplinary collaborative law training
  • Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers with their highest AV-rating in legal ability and ethical standards
  • Named in Southern California’s Best Lawyers from 2009 to 2017 Editions for Collaborative Family Law and Mediation
  • Named by Best Lawyers as the "2014 Lawyer of the Year" in Los Angeles for Collaborative Family Law and Mediation.
  • Named by U.S. News & World Report in 2014 to 2017 as one of the Best Law Firms in Los Angeles for Collaborative Family Law and Mediation.
  • Recognized for outstanding achievement by Worldwide Registry of Professionals 2014-2015.

Select Lectures and Publications:

  • Advocacy Redefined
  • "Mediating Premarital Agreements"
  • Southern California Mediation Association Annual Conference
  • Co-Presenter, November 5, 2016
  • 17th Annual Networking and Educational Forum
  • Welcome to the Future
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionalsa
  • Featured panel member, October 29, 2016
  • "Resolving Disputes Outside the Courtroom Doors" Family Law Symposium:
  • Family Law in the 21st Century - Universal City, Featured Panel Member, May 14, 2016
  • "Informed Consent and Decision Making: Consensus or Controversy"
  • Collaborative Practice California/ CPCal Celebration - Redwood City, Co-Presenter,  April 29, 2016
  • "Medicollab" Collaborative Practice California; CPCal Celebration - Los Angeles, Co-Presenter, April 25, 2015
  • "Preserving Collaborative Wisdom Through Mentoring" International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 15th Annual Educational & Networking Forum - Featured Panel Member, October 25, 2014
  • "Don't Hate. Collaborate!" Next Magazine - Premiere Issue, Author, June 2014
  • "Working With Complex Collaborative Family Law Cases," AFCC-CA Annual Conference - Featured Panel Member, February 8, 2014
  • "Collaborative Family Law," LA Law Library Pro Bono Week - Featured Panel Member, October 26, 2013
  • "New Horizons and Beyond for Collaborative Practice Group Leadership" International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 14th Annual Educational & Networking Forum - Featured Panel Member, October 19, 2013
  • “Confidentiality in Collaborative Practice” Collaborative Practice California, CPCal Celebration, Manhattan Beach - Featured Panel Member, April 27, 2013
  • “Divorce & the Closely Held Business: Strategies for Thinking Inside & Outside the Box” San Fernando Valley Collaborative Professionals - Presenter, April 17, 2013
  • “Divorce & the Closely Held Business: Strategies for Thinking Inside & Outside the Box” The Family Law Study Group -   Presenter, March 12, 2013
  • “Collaborative Law: A Sensible, Safe & Sensitive Dispute Resolution Option” Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, Accountancy Firm - Presenter, March 1, 2013
  • “Collaborative Law: A Sensible, Safe & Sensitive Dispute Resolution Option” Encino Lawyers Association - Presenter, February 13, 2013
  • Divorce & the Closely Held Business” A Better Divorce Collaborative Practice  Group - Co-Presenter, September 18, 2012
  • “Strategies for Thinking Insider & Outside the Box: Closely Held Business & Divorce”  Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Section - Featured Panel Member, August 22, 2012
  • “The State of Collaborative Law: Past, Present & Future” Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters publication - Author, July, 2012
  • “Collaborative Contracts are Attractive Options for Growing Ranks of Unmarried” Los Angeles Daily Journal - Contributor, December 29, 2011
  • “From Talk-The-Talk to Walk-The-Walk Enrolling the Client (Revisited)” San Fernando Valley Collaborative Professionals - Presenter, November 1, 2011
  • "From Talk-The-Talk to Walk-The-Walk Enrolling the Client (Revisited)" Pasadena Collaborative Divorce - Presenter, July 8, 2011
  • "From Talk-The-Talk to Walk-The-Walk Enrolling the Client (Revisited)" Alternatives - A Collaborative Divorce Team - Presenter, May 27, 2011
  • "Adopting UCLA: How, When, Where to Move Forward" Collaborative Practice California Annual Conference - Presenter, May 1,2011
  • "Fundamentals of Family Law: A-Z of Dissolution" Iranian American Lawyers Association - Featured Panel Member, April 27, 2011
  • "Is Collaborative Family Law a Win-Win or a Lose-Lose?" Inside the Minds: Understanding Collaborative Family Law Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters publication - Author, February, 2011
  • "When Termination Is Inevitable" International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 11th Annual Educational & Networking Forum - Featured Panel Member, October 30, 2010
  • "Process Choices – Informed Consent" Los Angeles Westside Collaborative Professionals Featured Speaker, October, 2010
  • "Collaborative Law: A Way to Resolve with Respect" Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters publication - Author, May, 2010
  • "The Uniform Collaborative Law Act – What's Next?" Family Law News – Official Publication of the State Bar of California - Author, Spring Edition, 2010
  • "Bringing the Uniform Collaborative Act to California" Collaborative Practice California Annual Conference -  Co-Presenter, April 24, 2010
  • "Interdisciplinary ADR Opportunities for Families in Crisis: An Expanded View" American Bar Association – ADR Section Annual Conference - Featured Panel Member, April 8, 2010
  • The Uniform Collaborative Law Act – Today and Tomorrow" Family Law News – Official Publication of the State Bar of California - Author, Winter Edition, 2009
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution" Beverly Hills Bar Association Annual Family Law Symposium - Featured Panel Member, November 14, 2009
  • "The Wide New World of Collaborative Law" California Dispute Resolution Council Annual ADR Policy Conference - Featured Panel Member, October 17, 2009
  • The New World of Collaborative Law and Medicollab ® LA Mediator's Group - Featured Speaker, September 23, 2009
  • "Collaborative Law: An Alternative Dispute Resolution Model" Beverly Hills Bar Association Section on Conflict Resolution - Featured Speaker, June 30, 2009
  • "Containing the Dreaded Virus – An Impasse Strain" Collaborative Divorce Professionals of the Inland Empire - Featured Speaker, May 21, 2009
  • "Collaborative Law: An Alternative Dispute Resolution Model" The Family Law Study Group – Los Angeles - Featured Panel Member, May 12, 2009
  • "Innovations in Family Law: Collaborative Divorce, High-Conflict Mediation, and New Ways for Families" Alternative Dispute Resolution & Family Law Sections of the San Diego County Bar Association - Featured Panel Member, May 4, 2009
  • "Facing Family Law ADR Fearlessly", American Bar Association – ADR Section Annual Conference - Featured Panel Member, April 16, 2009
  • "Collaborative Law: An Alternative Dispute Resolution Model" Beverly Hills Lawyers Study Group - Featured Speaker, March 25, 2009
  • "Lessons Learned From Collaborative Cases That Went Astray" International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 9th Annual Educational & Networking Forum - Featured Panel Member, October 18, 2008
  • "In Housing Slump, Breaking Up Is Harder To Do" by Greg Katz, Staff Writer Los Angeles Daily Journal - Featured Interview, June 16, 2008
  • "Family Law 101 – Introduction for the Non-Lawyer" Collaborative Practice California Annual Conference - Featured Panel Member, April 26, 2008
  • "How to Avoid the Breakdown of a Family Law Mediation or a Collaborative Practice Case" American Bar Association 10th Annual Spring Conference - Moderator and Featured Panel Member, April 14, 2008
  • "Collaborative Practice: the Sensible, Safe & Sensitive Way to Divorce" Time Warner Public Service Television Series - Featured Speaker, March, 2008 and as viewed on Video.Google.com commencing May, 2008 or http://www.mglawcorp.com/video
  • "Advocacy Redefined" Collaborative Law Process Lawdragon Magazine - Author, January, 2008
  • "Collaborative Premarital and Postmarital Agreements" A Better Divorce – South Bay Co-speaker, October 11, 2007
  • "Family Code Section 2013 -- The Official Arrival of Collaborative Law in California" Lead article for California Family Law Monthly LexisNexis – Matthew Bender Author, September, 2007
  • "(Revisited) From Talk-the-Talk to Walk the Walk – Enrolling the Client" : Collaborative Divorce Professionals of the Inland Empire - Featured Speaker, September 20, 2007
  • "Collaborative Divorce Booms as Method to Ease Parting" by Susan McRae Staff Writer Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals - Interview, July 13, 2007
  • "MediCollab" Collaborative Review – Journal of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Author, Spring of 2007
  • "Collaborative Premarital and Postmarital Agreements" Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County - Featured Panel Member, July 10, 2007
  • "Collaborative Law – The Optimum Fit for Financial Professionals" National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Fourteenth Annual Consultants Conference - Co-Speaker, June 6, 2007
  • "Revelations and Resolutions – Update of Collaborative Practice" LACFLA Regional Meetings - Featured Panel Member, June, 2007
  • "Family Law" The Witness Chair Quarterly California Society of Certified Public Accountants - Author, Spring/Summer of 2007
  • "The Impact of Gender on Communication in Collaborative Law" Collaborative Practice California CPCal Celebration - Pasadena Moderator and Featured Panel Member, May 5, 2007
  • "An ADR Family Law Primer: How to Effectively Communicate with your Clients" American Bar Association Ninth Annual Spring Conference - Moderator and Featured Panel Member, April 25, 2007
  • "Medication and Collaborative Practice: Where are We Headed?" The Business, Law & Management Journal of UCLA - Author, Fall of 2006
  • "A (Not So) Funny Thing Happened On The Way To And From The Altar" Collaborative Alternative for Premarital and Postmarital Agreements International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 7th Annual Networking and Education Forum - Featured Panel Member, October 15, 2006
  • "Protocols for Collaborative Attorneys: The Next Generation" LACFLA Regional Meetings - Featured Panel Member, July, September and November, 2006
  • "Dispute Resolution in Family Law: Collaborative Practice and Mediation" UCLA Extension Department of Legal Programs - Lead Instructor, October – November, 2006
  • "Diagnosing the ADR Process to Fit the Client" Standing Committee on ADR South, State Bar of California - Co-Speaker, May 20, 2006
  • "Collaborative Practice: An Appropriate Model for Dispute Resolution" UCLA Extension Department of Legal Programs - Lead Instructor, January - March, 2006
  • "The Consulting Attorney Adapting to the Landscape of ADR" American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution - Featured Panel Member, April 5, 2006
  • "A Lawyer's Roadmap for the Collaborative Law Model" Massachusetts Collaborative Law Journal - Author, Spring of 2006
  • "From Talk the Talk to Walk the Walk: Enrolling the Client" International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Annual Networking and Education Forum - Moderator and Featured Panel Member, October 30, 2005
  • "Enrolling the Client in Collaborative Practice" LACFLA Regional Meetings - Featured Panel Member, July, August and September, 2005
  • "Ask Dr. Cole A. Borative" Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association Newsletter - Monthly Columnist
  • "Advanced Divorce and Family Mediation Training" Dispute Resolution Section of Los Angeles County Bar Association - Guest Speaker, April 29, 2005, June 26, 2006, November 19, 2006, November 30, 2007
  • "All Roads Lead to Collaborative Law" Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association - Featured Panel Member, April 13, 2005
  • "Alternate Dispute Resolution – Prepare the Client" The Seminar Group - Featured Panel Member, March 4, 2005
  • Changing the Face of Divorce – New Century, New Beginnings" Time Warner Public Service Television Series - Featured Speaker, February, 2005
  • "Representing Your Client Inside the Mediation Room" Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section - Featured Panel Member, February 9, 2005
  • "Enrolling the Client in the Collaborative Law Process" Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association - Featured Panel Member, March 4, 2004
  • "Representing the High Profile Client" American Bar Association, Continuing Education Conference - Featured Panel Member, October 17, 2003
  • "What is Collaborative Law?" Time Warner Public Service Television Series - Featured Speaker, October, 2002
  • "A Guided Tour through the Successful Family Law Meditation" State Bar of California, Section Education Institute - Featured Speaker, December 4, 1998
  • "Pre-Petition Planning and Tactics" Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Workshop - Featured Panel Member, June 6, 1998
  • "The Nightmare Case: Solutions Through Mediation" State Bar of California, Section Education Institute - Featured Speaker, November 14, 1997
  • "The Family Way" - (Resolving Impasse in Mediation) Los Angeles Daily Journal Co-author, May 28, 1997
  • "The Role of the Consulting Attorney in Family Law Mediation" Beverly Hills Bar Association Alternative Dispute Section - Featured Speaker, February 7, 1997
  • "Family Law Mediation: What's in It for You?" State Bar of California, Section Education Institute - Featured Speaker, November 9, 1996
  • "Side Effects" – (Pitfalls for Mediators) Los Angeles Daily Journal - Co-author, November 27, 1996
  • "In the Beginning" – (Consulting Attorneys in Mediation) Los Angeles Daily Journal - Co-author, February 14, 1996