David J. Glass, CFLS, PhD, Shareholder

David J. Glass is a uniquely qualified family law and probate litigator. He is one of a few, select attorneys who is dually-trained in Law and Clinical Psychology (PhD), and who concentrates on child custody litigation, conservatorships & guardianships. He offers his clients an “inside look” at and understanding of the procedures employed by court-appointed mental health and psychological professionals. He serves as the Chair of the Firm’s Family Law Department.

Although concentrating on child custody litigation, Glass’ practice encompasses the full range of family law and probate matters, including: dissolution/divorce; separation; the characterization, valuation and division of assets; child and spousal support; relocations; attorneys fees and costs; parentage actions; same-sex marriages; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; probate administration; and will & trust contests.  Glass is also adept at working with the management teams for his affluent clients.

Glass has been certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist – a distinction held by only a small percentage of the family law practitioners statewide.  He is rated a perfect “10″ on Avvo.com based on peer- and client reviews, and has been voted a Rising Star or Super Lawyer in Los Angeles magazine ten times between 2005 and 2016.  Glass has practiced exclusively in family law and probate litigation for 19 years.

Prior to his law career, Glass worked as a therapist treating adults with anxiety disorders, mood disorders and drug & alcohol addictions, and worked in a psychiatric emergency room.

Notable Experiences:

  • Represented a mother who wished to relocate from Los Angeles to the East Coast, and who needed to overcome an adverse child custody evaluation recommendation.
  • Represented a father who had been falsely accused of child abuse and drug addiction in his bid to regain custody of his three children.
  • Represented a wife who had been an integral part of a burgeoning special effects company in Hollywood, but who had been locked-out of the community business by the husband as of the date of separation.
  • Represented a local business owner with a series of restaurants in the negotiation and drafting of his prenuptial agreement.
  • Represented the daughter of an entertainment figure who sought to be appointed Conservator of her father’s person and estate over the requests of her father’s former employee who claimed that she had “married’ father.
  • Defended the estate of a successful industrialist against claims of breach of fiduciary duty made by the beneficiary.
  • Consulted for the defense in an employment discrimination matter and conducted the deposition and cross-examination of the plaintiff’s mental health expert.

Prior to joining ERL&P, Mr. Glass was Of Counsel to Feinberg Mindel Brandt and Klein LLP, managed his own three-attorney firm, Glass Family Law, for seven years, practiced with the Beverly Hills matrimonial firm of Kolodny & Anteau, and practiced family law and mental health law for six years at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, a 300+ lawyer firm with the then-largest family law practice group on the East Coast.

He is the author of many articles and book chapters on the intersection of law and psychology including:

  • “What the Social Sciences and the Court System Have to Offer Divorcing and Separating Families”
  • “The Only Way to Win is Not to Play: A Post-Divorce Case Study”
  • Co-Editor of the 2000 Supplement to Ziskin’s Coping with Psychiatric and Psychology Testimony.
  • A chapter on Family Law in Practicing Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Law as a Helping Profession.

Glass is an Adjunct Instructor of Law and Ethics at the American College of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. He is also an Associate Editor of The Los Angeles Psychologist.

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