Ariel S. Glasner

Ariel S. Glasner
White Collar Defense & Investigations


Ariel Glasner is an experienced white collar litigator who serves as a zealous advocate on behalf of clients dealing with a wide range of high profile criminal and civil matters including, but not limited to:

  • financial fraud
  • public corruption
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations
  • environmental crimes
  • healthcare fraud

Ariel also advises clients in connection with the implementation of strong corporate compliance programs, including Anti-Money Laundering and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act policies, and the undertaking of timely and comprehensive internal investigations to investigate potential wrongdoing.

Ariel strives to stay knowledgeable about legal enforcement trends so that he can best anticipate the complex legal challenges that his clients face. In this regard, Ariel is an active thought leader at the firm. He is a member of the firm’s blockchain technology working group and regularly publishes articles and speaks concerning a host of topics, including:

  • the impact of blockchain technology, including cryptocurrencies, on regulatory enforcement
  • trends in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prosecutions and investigations
  • how companies should respond to reports of potential wrongdoing
  • trends in environmental and maritime criminal enforcement


  • Defend business owner charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Assisted in negotiating an extremely favorable plea agreement resulting in expectation of no jail time.
  • On behalf of foreign vessel owner and operator charged with multiple criminal violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, negotiated a successful resolution with the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section that resulted in repatriation of vessel and crew, and avoided any criminal prosecution of individual crewmembers for the alleged misconduct.
  • Represented a large regional medical center in connection with a multi-year investigation and prosecution of a medical center physician for health care fraud.
  • Conducted internal investigation on behalf of an international nonprofit organization’s management and board of directors following allegations of mail and wire fraud by the organization’s former CFO. As a result of the organization’s internal investigation, matter was referred for criminal prosecution to federal prosecutors, who then obtained conviction against the individual for serial embezzlement from numerous companies.
  • Represent former government contractors in connection with federal lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act and the Alien Tort Statute.
  • Defended merchant producer of foundry coke in trial on charges of violations of the Clean Air Act and the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act in the Western District of New York.
  • Assisted in the representation of executives of a South African subsidiary of a Japanese energy company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations into potential violations of the FCPA’s anti-bribery and books and records provisions.
  • Represent public and elected officials in connection with various federal investigations and prosecutions into alleged wrongdoing, such as federal program bribery and the making of false statements.
  • Represented executive of a Japanese auto-parts company on charges of U.S. antitrust violations. Assisted in negotiation of favorable resolution that involved minimal period of incarceration.

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2014–2016, Blank Rome Pro Bono Award

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  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Professional Activities

Ariel is a leader in the firm’s pro bono engagement and serves on the D.C. office pro bono committee. His pro bono activities and accomplishments include: 

  • Obtained dismissal of all charges for defendant charged with felony rioting in the District of Columbia in connection with 2016 inauguration protest.
  • Served as plaintiff’s counsel in successful 2016 federal civil rights suit to enforce Maryland inmate's request to practice his Native American religion. 
  • Coordinated Firm-wide participation in the Clemency Project 2014.
  • Serves as trained mediator to resolve civil disputes in D.C. Superior Court.

Ariel is an active member of the D.C. Bar Association, and previously served on the D.C. Bar Sections Council Programs Committee and as a member of the Steering Committee for the D.C. Bar, Criminal Law and Individual Rights section.



  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • New York University School of Law, JD
  • University of Pennsylvania, BS, magna cum laude