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Peter Glaessner



Peter Glaessner is a founding partner of the firm. He has over 30 years of diverse experience as a civil trial attorney. He specializes in advising and litigating all types of employment matters, professional liability and commercial disputes,  both for national and regional businesses and government entities. In addition to trying lawsuits in California federal and state court, he has represented employers in investigations and administrative trials before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, and Skelly hearings. He has also successfully argued writs and appeals before federal and state appellate courts. He also conducts independent, fact finding investigations for employers, public agencies, and private employers.

During the course of his legal career, Peter has been recognized for his service in various leadership positions, including President of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (2006), and of the California Defense Counsel (2011).

With a reputation for objectivity and fairness, Peter has also been selected by litigants to mediate or arbitrate their personnel and employment disputes. He has also served as an expert witness concerning the standard of care for defense counsel in the handling of employment matters.

Representative Cases

Hardin v. City of Concord [Successful defense of city council member accused of sexual harassment of mayor in two jury trials of six and seven weeks – USDC, Northern District of California – 1994, 1996]

Taylor v. City of Piedmont [City granted summary judgment on female firefighter’s claim of gender discrimination – Alameda Superior Court – 2010]

Boaters Insurance Agency v. Defendant (Confidential) [Representation of marine insurance broker alleging theft of customers and unfair competition by insurer after cancellation of agency agreement – USDC, Northern District of California – 2003]

Doe v. Randleston [Three week jury trial resulting in unanimous defense verdict representing alleged sexual molester at pre-school facility – San Francisco Superior Court – 2008]

Condon v. Diocese of Oakland [Defense verdict for Catholic church in personal injury lawsuit involving significant medical injuries, damages to elderly woman – Alameda County Superior Court – 2007]

625 3rd Street v. Liquidating Agent for Kaiperm Federal Credit Union [Federal court jury trial of real estate fraud claim involving sale and leaseback of commercial building resulting in verdict at 10% of final pre-trial demand – USDC, Northern District of California – 2010]

Gordon v. Santa Catalina School [Pre-trial dismissal of race discrimination and wrongful termination claims on summary judgment in lawsuit arising from termination of coach at private school – Monterey Superior Court – 1999]

Kallis v. Commercial Union Ins. [Representation of wholesale marine broker sued for professional negligence arising from sinking of yacht in Santa Barbara Channel and prosecution to judgment against retail broker for negligence – San Francisco Superior Court – 1998]

Van Vugt v. Saint Mary’s College [Pre-trial dismissal of all claims against college sued for alleged sexual orientation discrimination arising from denial of tenure – Contra Costa County Superior Court – 1999]

Insurance Corp. of Ireland v. Unifax Insurance Services [Prosecution for reinsurer of MGA in recovery of excessive claims administration expenses under reinsurance treaty – Los Angeles Superior Court – 1991]

Emery Mining Co. v. Federal Insurance Company [Representation of Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s in coverage dispute arising from mine fire resulting in judgment for Underwriters on cross-motions for summary judgment – USDC, Utah – Utah 1988]

Mission National Insurance Company v. Coachella Valley Water District [Successful appeal following three week jury trial arising from coverage dispute under builder’s risk policy for damage to concrete flood channel – Riverside County Superior Court – 1987]

Areas of Practice

Employment Law – Management/Advising & Litigation
Professional Liability
Business Litigation
Insurance Coverage

Published Works

Discrimination Law, Employment Law Liability and Coverage, Defense Research Institute, February, 2000

Allowing Supervisors to Speak Their Mind, Defense Comment, Spring, 1997

Arbitration: A Contrarian’s Viewpoint, Defense Comment, Summer, 2001

California’s Mythical Tort Lawsuit Explosion, Defense Comment, Fall, 2005

Classes/Seminars Taught

Panelist, Seminar on Avoidance of Professional Errors & Omissions, Western Association of Insurance Brokers, 1992 – 1993

Panelist, Employment Practices Policies, Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting

Moderator, Managing Employees with Suspected Alcohol and Substance Problems, Association of Defense Counsel, April 2004

E-Discovery – California’s New Laws, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2009; Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, 2009

Honors and Awards

Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating

Northern California Super Lawyer, 2005 – 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of California

Alameda, Contra Costa County Bar Associations

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Member, Board of Directors, 1997-2007; President, 2006

Defense Research Institute
Member, Employment Law Section

Association of Workplace Investigators
Member, 2014-2017

National Diocesan Attorneys Association
Member, 2015-2017

California Defense Counsel
Member, Board of Directors, 2004-2017; President, 2011

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, 2003-Present; Amicus Committee Vice-Chair (2009-2017)

State of California Judicial Council; Member, Civil & Small Claims Advisory Committee (2009-2016)

Past Employment Positions

California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Research Attorney, 1980 – 1982

Fisher & Hurst, Associate & Partner, 1982-1990

Hardin, Cook, Loper, Engel & Bergez, LLP, Of Counsel & Partner, 1991 – 1999

Lombardi, Loper & Conant LLP, Founding Partner, 1999-2013

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