Areas of Practice
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1993; Special Features Editor, Arts and Entertainment Law Journal
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1987
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10036
TEL: +1 212 506 3909
FAX: +1 212 506 3950

Evan Glassman, a partner in Steptoe's New York office, offers clients a diverse practice that includes the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in all manner of commercial litigationprofessional liability matterswhite-collar criminal matters, and intellectual property disputes

Mr. Glassman's recent successful engagements have involved a broad range of issues including financial fraud, legal malpractice, business disputes (including “bet-the-company” cases), insurance coverage, theft of trade secrets, and trademark infringement.  His work frequently involves multi-jurisdictional and cross-border disputes and efforts to obtain and enforce judgments and arbitral awards around the world. In all matters, he focuses on efficient project management to fulfill client objectives in the most practical and cost-effective manner.

Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation

  • Representation of an insurance carrier in a matter involving major potential losses under a credit risk policy dependent upon payment of underlying mortgage obligations scheduled to mature as US credit markets seized during the summer of 2008— a  Steptoe team led by Mr. Glassman caused a workout resolving approximately $100 million in remaining exposure, without litigation or funding requirements for the client
  • Successful defense of McAfee, Inc. in a class action alleging breaches of contract and consumer fraud
  • Successful defense of CoolBrands International, Inc. against a breach of contract claim seeking more than $65 million in damages
  • Representation of receivers of a failed Icelandic bank in state and federal proceedings seeking damages from former officers, owners, and auditors
  • Representation of foreign bank in multiple successful applications for US discovery pursuant to 28 USC § 1782 for use in UK fraud litigation involving diversion of more than $150 million

View Mr. Glassman's additional commercial litigation matters

Professional Liability

  • Successful defense of major international law firm and former partner against claims that the former partner engaged in misconduct while testifying on behalf of a client
  • Successful defense of Am Law 100 law firm in malpractice action arising from zoning-related counseling provided by former partner
  • Successful defense of major international law firm in malpractice action arising from allegations that firm failed to pursue claims relating to financial instruments before expiration of applicable statutes of limitation
  • Defense of multiple employees of law firm in connection with federal investigation into allegations of overbilling on government contract

White-Collar Defense

  • Representation of a major insurance intermediary in a New York State Department of Financial Services investigation concerning force-placed insurance
  • Representation of a key witness in a large tax shelter investigation
  • Representation of a prominent non-profit organization in an internal investigation relating to embezzlement by a former employee
  • Defense of a senior officer at a major brokerage firm in numerous criminal and regulatory investigations relating to firm’s sale of limited partnership products, including participation  in “Wells” submissions process that resulted in decision by SEC not to initiate proceedings

Intellectual Property

  • Successful representation of world-renown French luxury goods manufacturer in prosecution of trademark and counterfeiting claims
  • Successful prosecution of numerous trademark infringement and gray market actions on behalf of the North American licensee of a world famous Swiss watchmaker
  • Representation of a well-known mystery anthologist in an action involving trademark and breach of contract claims that resulted in a favorable jury verdict for more than $2.8 million and an eventual judgment for $4.3 million
  • Successful defense of a prominent European graduate school in multiple lawsuits brought by a former professor involving claims relating to ownership and use of online course materials
  • Representation of a British media company against claims – including tortious interference with contract and misappropriation of trade secrets – arising from its hiring of a key rival’s employee to run a competing US publication

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (1994-present)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1994-present); Member, Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction (2011-2014); Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility (2002-2005)
  • Secretary, The Arnold Glassman Fund, Inc. (2003-present)
  • Board of Directors, Chappaqua School Foundation (2013-present)
  • Board of Directors, Oak Lane Child Care Center (2001-2015)
  • Member, Town of New Castle, New York Board of Ethics (2014-present)