Disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein has managed to enlist a female lawyer to represent him in his impending legal battle with The Weinstein Company (“TWC”). Weinstein was fired for cause on Sunday, three days after the New York Times reported decades of sexual harassment allegations against him. The TWC board concluded that Weinstein ran afoul of the company’s ethical code, allegedly by trying to intimidate employees into not cooperating with an independent investigation.
As noted by Variety, “Weinstein, who signed a three-year contract in 2015, has alleged that the firing could be illegal. It would be unusual if Weinstein were to go so far as to sue the company, in which he holds a 22% equity stake.” Nonetheless, Weinstein has tapped Los Angeles-based attorney Patricia Glaser, who told the Hollywood Reporter, “We hope to work it out… However, we will do whatever we have to do to properly protect his rights vis a vis the company.”
Ms. Glaser – who was coined “Ms. Glacier” by Super Lawyers in 2007 due to her “tough demeanor” at trial – is a partner in Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP's Los Angeles office (which Super Lawyers says is known as “powerhouse firm with a reputation for being litigious”) and chairwoman of the firm's litigation department. She will not be representing Weinstein in any of the individual sexual harassment or rape-related matters.
According to Glaser Weil, Ms. Glaser, who graduated from Rutgers School of Law in 1973, “tops the short list of trial attorneys in the nation sought after for high-stakes litigation. Respected as a business trial lawyer, she also provides general legal counsel to publicly and privately held companies across a range of industries, including intellectual property, real estate, entertainment, banking and securities.”
Some of Ms. Glaser's clients in the past: Keith Olbermann in his $50 million contract fight against Al Gore's former network Current TV and Conan O'Brien, who she represented in his multi-million dollar contract battle with "The Tonight Show” channel NBC. More recently, she represented Jamie Horowitz after the former Fox Sports programming head was let go amid an internal investigation about sexual harassment claims.