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Seymour Glanzer has represented a considerable number of prominent individuals and entities in major criminal and civil cases nationwide. Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Glanzer served as chief of the Anti-Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., and also as one of the three original Watergate prosecutors.
Mr. Glanzer had a distinguished career as an enforcement attorney with the SEC in Washington, D.C., from 1961 to 1965. During the period 1965 through early 1967, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney, prosecuting general criminal cases. Thereafter, he became chief of the Anti-Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., a position he held starting in 1967, when that section was organized and established. The section focused on investigation and prosecution of major white collar offenses and became a model for the establishment of specialized units of this type in other U.S. Attorneys’ and state prosecutors’ offices nationwide. The section dealt with violations involving corporate, business, and commercial crimes, including tax and antitrust violations. Furthermore, it pioneered the federal prosecution of consumer fraud cases.
From mid-1972 through 1973, he was one of the three original Watergate prosecutors who participated in the successful trial of the seven Watergate defendants involved in the break-in at the Democratic National Committee Office. Thereafter, he played a key role in the ensuing investigation of the "cover up" conspiracy. That investigation procured and developed the evidence that led to the indictments of two top presidential aides, the former Attorney General, the president's legal counsel, and others. After the Special Prosecutor was appointed he joined the Prosecutor's staff. In mid-1974, he returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., and resumed the position of chief of the Anti-Fraud Section before subsequently entering private practice. In October 1974, when he left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to enter private practice, he received a personal letter of appreciation from Attorney General William B. Saxbe, in which Mr. Saxbe wrote, “We are sorry to lose you.”
Mr. Glanzer received special commendations from the Department of Justice in 1971 and 1973, and from the Attorney General in 1974, for his outstanding performance as a prosecutor.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Glanzer has personally tried a number of celebrated successful white collar crime cases, as well as prosecuted a number of consumer fraud cases relating to scores of consumer victims involving fraudulent home improvement and repair contractors and fraudulently obtained residential mortgages. The successful prosecution by Mr. Glanzer of a string of fraudulent home improvement and repair contractors in D.C. served as the subject of a book entitled Not With A Gun written by Jean Carper.
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In 1945, Mr. Glanzer was involved as an infantryman in the Asiatic-Pacific campaign to liberate the Philippine Islands from Japanese occupation during WWII and received decorations for his service. He served in the Pacific theater for 17 months.
Mr. Glanzer is a member of the American Bar Association and has served in various capacities on several committees, including the Section of Criminal Justice as council member. He chaired the Grand Jury Committee from 1975 to 1978, and also chaired the Committee on Prosecution and Defense of SEC Cases from 1979 to 1980. He was a member of the Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties of the Tax Section, as well as a member of the Corporation, Banking and Business Law, Antitrust Law, and Litigation Sections. In addition, he served as a member of the Subcommittee on SEC Practice and Enforcement of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee.
He served on the Nominating Committee of the District of Columbia Bar in 1974. He was a member of the Advisory Board and the Securities Regulation and Law Section of the Bureau of National Affairs from 1977 to 1984. Mr. Glanzer has been a member of the Judicial Conference of the DC Circuit, as well as a member of the Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia from 1974 to 1994. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the American Criminal Law Review from 1985 to 1987, and as a member of the Executive Council of the Washington Civil Rights Committee from 1981 to 1995. He is a lifetime member of the American Law Institute, and has been a member of ASECA (Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni) from its beginning to the present, as well as a member of the Assistant United States Attorneys Association of the District of Columbia, Inc.
He served as General Counsel to the International Union of Painter and Allied Trades from about 2000 to 2011. He has been a member of the General Counsels of National and International Unions affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, from about 2000 to 2011, and a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, which consists of lawyers representing a variety of AFL-CIO union-affiliated organizations.
In 2008, the New York Law School awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree.
- 2005–2018,Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar in Washington, D.C., listed in Best Lawyers in America©
- 2007, “Legends of the Bar,” listed in Washingtonian Magazine
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