Hollywood Law Impact List
Firm: Christensen Glaser Fink Jacobs Weil & Shapiro
The practice: Tough is practically a middle name for this well-known litigator who has been in the public eye since she crushed Kim Basinger at the 1993 trial for her client Main Line.
The longtime attorney for Kirk Kerkorian, Glaser represented MGM in a series of multimillion-dollar litigations and currently is handling an arbitration over distribution issues for the company against Universal.
Glaser continues to represent producers, but also does substantial work for studios, including Warner Bros. (where she is handling the “Dukes of Hazzard” rights dispute), Paramount, Disney and Sony (where she worked on the last round of “Spider-Man” litigation).
Although she typically doesn’t represent clients against a studio, she obtained a huge settlement for Saul
Zaentz in his suit against New Line over “The Lord of the Rings.” A portion of that case is still pending. She represents ABC and Endemol in connection with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and the creators of the Baby Channel in a copyright action. Recently, she has represented Bob Yari in his “Crash” litigation and handled matters for magnate Ron Burkle, including his suit against Michael Ovitz.
POV: “People ask me all the time how I deal with the pressure. I tell them, ‘This is hugely fun. I love it,'” Glaser says.