After enjoying success in debate and competitive speaking competitions at Chelsea High School, Brad Glazier decided he wanted to become a trial lawyer. He was awarded a college scholarship based on his success and was part of a team that won the National Forensics Association’s National Championship Tournament each year he attended college. In law school, Mr. Glazier excelled in moot court, which involves presenting oral arguments to a panel of judges. After graduating from law school, he began a career that has focused on helping people who have been fired their jobs.
A practicing lawyer for more than 30 years, Brad Glazier has presented dozens of cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators. He is a frequent speaker at employment litigation seminars. He has made presentations for the Council on Education in Management, the Michigan Association for Justice and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), to name a few.
In addition to representing clients as a trial lawyer, Glazier is also retained to resolve or help resolve disputes. He serves as a case evaluator in disputes before the Kent County Circuit Court and was appointed as a referee by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Glazier serves as a mediator who assists in negotiating case settlements. He is listed on the court-approved civil mediators’ roster for the Kent County Circuit Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Glazier has also served an arbitrator and was selected to be part of the national roster of neutral arbitrators maintained by the American Arbitration Association.
Brad Glazier has argued appeals of cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He has also been admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Glazier has also taught aspiring lawyers law office management at Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School as an Adjunct Professor.
- Juris Doctor degree, University of Toledo School of Law
- Bachelor of Science degree, Eastern Michigan University
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American College of Trial Lawyers (Since 2009)
- American Board of Trial Advocates (Since 2017)
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Best Lawyers' 2015, 2017, and 2018 Grand Rapids Litigation - Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year”
- Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. (President in 2004)
- State Bar of Michigan's Labor and Employment Section. (Former Executive Council Member)
- Grand Rapids Bar Association. (Former Trustee. Former Chairman of the Labor and Employment Section)
Cases of Significance
- Won a jury verdict of $6.1 million on behalf a woman who was given pain shots and developed an infection that compromised the blood flow to her spinal cord
- Won a $1.1 million judgment in connection with a jury verdict for two California distributors against a multi-level marketing company. The victory was achieved after the case had been thrown out of court by the trial judge who was later reversed on appeal
- Won a $690,000 verdict on behalf of an employee who asserted a claim under the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act
- Won a Family and Medical Leave Act case against a national cable television company. With liquidated damages, front pay (lost wages from date of verdict forward), attorney fees, and interest added to the verdict by the trial judge, the total judgment exceeded $650,000
Hobbies and Community Activities
- My wife and I moved to Holland to be closer to Lake Michigan and to enjoy all the parks and recreational opportunities here
- We enjoy sailing, motor boating, swimming, and conversation with friends and family
- We also love to travel and vacation with our two children, their spouses, and our granddaughter
Damages in Wrongful Discharge Cases in Michigan
This post is from the materials produced by myself and Michelle P. Crockett, an attorney with the law firm of Miller Canfield, at the Insititute
How do lawyers prove a wrongful discharge case?
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The “At-Will” Employment Rule
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