Mr. Glassner was born and raised in the Weequahic section of Newark, New Jersery in 1925. After graduating from Weequahic High School, Mr. Glassner enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. He was accepted into the Army Specialized Training Program at Carnegie Institute of Technology to study engineering, but his training was cut short when he received orders to join an infantry division for the campaign under General Patton in Europe in 1944. Mr. Glassner was wounded during the Battle of Metz and his unit was awarded a Presidential Citation for their valor in the battle.
After returning from the war, Mr. Glassner enrolled at Newark University and received his Bachelor of Law in 1950. After clerking in Newark, Mr. Glassner opened his own law office. He was then recruited by childhood friend and future President of the NJ State Bar Association, Harold Sherman, to join the law firm of Mandel, Wysoker, Sherman & Desmond in Perth Amboy. Mr. Glassner helped develop the firm's negligence department, expanding on the firm's already established and thriving workers' compensation department. Mr. Glassner soon became a partner of the firm.
Throughout his 60 year career, Mr. Glassner has represented thousands of clients in a variety of cases, including automobile accidents, premises liability, product liability, and asbestos exposure. Mr. Glassner's passion for representing accident victims, strong work ethic and polished advocacy skills allowed him to recover millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients. Mr. Glassner tried hundreds of jury trials to conclusion throughout his career.
Mr. Glassner advocates for his clients before the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. In Sobin v. M. Frisch & Sons, 108 N.J.Super. 99 (App. Div. 1969), Mr. Glassner represented an individual who fell while trimming a tree and was injured. Mr. Glassner argued that plaintiff's long period of unconsciousness after his accident was within the insanity exception which would toll the running the statute of limitations. After the Superior Court ruled that the claim was barred by the statute of limitation, Mr. Glassner appealed to the Appellate Division and successfully got his client's case reinstated. Another one of Mr. Glassner's Appellate cases resulting in a published opinion, McCalla v. Harnischfeger, 215 N.J.Super. 160 (App. Div. 1987), was the lead story in the American Law Reports and featured in the Product Liability Law Reporter.
Mr. Glassner is a past president, and charter member, of the Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association and was an active member of LEGAL, a local group of plaintiff attorneys formed to defend and protect the rights of the injured, for many years.