Richard S. Glasser, following the example set by his father, Bernard Glasser, practiced at and built his family’s law firm, Glasser and Glasser, P.L.C., for all fifty-four years of his legal career. For the last forty-three years, Richard, aided by an experienced team of hard working attorneys and paralegals, gained national recognition for the Firm as a pioneer and leader in the Asbestos Litigation, representing victims who suffered permanent and often fatal diseases as a result of asbestos exposure. Led by Richard, they successfully obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in State and Federal courts in Virginia and around the country. More recently, the Firm, encouraged by Richard, broadened its practice to include litigation involving faulty medical devices, serious injury and death cases caused by motor vehicles especially tractor-trailer trucks. Richard took a special interest in broadening our federal court practice to include serving as local counsel in plaintiffs’ pharmaceutical anti-trust cases. These cases involve both direct and indirect purchases of prescription medications. As the Firm’s Managing Partner, Richard constantly kept abreast and advised the Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure departments in their effective representation of major banks, credit card companies and other businesses.
Richard achieved the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell every year since 1984, was selected for listing in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1987, and was recognized by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association with a special award for “Courageous Advocacy.”
Richard had a great sense of humor and his delivery could make anyone laugh. He was known for his upbeat personality, charisma and zest for life – people were drawn to him. He was unfailingly polite, kind, generous, and devoted to his family.
His sense of community was reflected in his many generous contributions to charitable, cultural and civic causes. Richard was a member of the Greater Norfolk Council and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. He served on the board of the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation, was a member of the Leadership Alliance of Chrysler Museum, and was a longtime member of the United Way’s Tocqueville Society. He was a leader in every sense of the word, and his ethics never wavered. Richard taught: “Do the right thing, the right way, for the right reason.”