Jan Glassman has developed and maintains an aggressive, pragmatic approach to the prompt resolution of legal problems and disputes. For more than 30 years, she has been advising small business owners in contracts, general corporate, employment, insurance, real estate, litigation, regulatory compliance, alternative dispute resolution and human resource matters. Her background includes day-to-day counseling to senior and middle-management on employment law issues, including insubordination, performance-based terminations, progressive discipline, discrimination, disability and record keeping.
Jan’s specific areas of expertise include: employment agreements, supply and vendor contracts, franchise agreements, real estate leases, loan documents, security agreements, computer software contracts, escrow agreements, business forms, corporate records, insurance matters, partnership agreements, acquisitions, creation of LLCs, subpoenas, wage and hour claims, state agency complaints and claims, managing and controlling costs of outside counsel, state registrations, HR training at all levels and corporate policies and manuals.
Jan has extensive experience with state, federal and bankruptcy litigation, along with arbitration and mediation hearings. Her trial work has involved contracts, consumer protection, real estate, collections, personal injury, insurance coverage, insurance defense, banking matters, compensation agreements, commissioned employee account reconciliations, severance agreements, trade secrets, non-compete, non-disclosure, confidentiality, leasing and general corporate matters. Jan also has represented clients before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and several state labor and unemployment agencies.
Jan is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, Florida and Ohio. From 1996 to 2011, she was General Counsel of American Management Services, a national management consulting firm, also serving as Senior Vice President and Director for most of that time. She began her career with Judicial Clerkships in Ohio and Boston and later worked as a litigation associate in the Boston-area law firms of Burns & Levinson and Mofenson & Nicoletti in Newton. Jan was long affiliated with the The Asssociation of Corporate Counsel and the New England Labor Counsel and currently is a member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the Boston Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE).
Jan received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree (1975) and Juris Doctor Degree (1978) from the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, where she was elected and served as Articles Editor for the Toledo Law Review.
Joel Sowalsky has been a business lawyer for over 30 years and has been providing General Counsel services to businesses for nearly 20 years. He has worked with companies in a wide range of industries, including construction, banking/finance, medical, travel, telecommunications, food service, textiles, non-profits, international commerce, real estate and government. He also has served on the Boards of Directors of several companies and on the Governing Board of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Construction Industry.
Joel is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and Ohio, as well as the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. His experience includes numerous successful trials and appeals in state and federal courts with such reported decisions as: City of Revere v. Boston/Logan Airport Associates, LLC, 443 F.Supp.2d 121 (D.Mass. 2006) and 416 F.Supp.2d 200 (D. Mass. 2005); Bates v. Director of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, 436 Mass. 144 (2002); Parello v. McKinney, 46 Mass.App.Ct.785 (1999); The Hibernia Savings Bank v. Ballarino, 891 F.2d 370 (1st Cir. 1989); JJ Associates, Inc. v. Fall River Housing Authority, 19 Mass.App.Ct. 45 (1984); Barboza v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Co., 18 Mass.App.Ct. 323 (1984); Guaranty Mortgage Corporation v. Town of Burlington, 385 Mass. 411 (1982); Dart v. Bartlett, 14 Mass.App.Ct. 907 (1982); Pollock v. The Art Institute of Boston, 12 Mass.App.Ct. 919 (1981); and Ward v. Colletti, 383 Mass. 99 (1981) and 10 Mass.App.Ct. 629 (1980). Joel has served as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and has arbitrated and mediated numerous cases in both formal and informal settings.
Prior to joining DailyGC™, Joel worked for five years as Vice Chairman and General Counsel of a national construction company. He began his legal career as a staff and then managing attorney for the Toledo (Ohio) Legal Aid Society and moved to Boston in 1979, accepting a position with the Boston law firm of Roche, Carens and DeGiacomo (n/k/a Murtha Cullina LLP), where he stayed until 1992. In 1993, he was a founding partner of the Boston law firm of Smith, Segel & Sowalsky (n/k/a Smith, Segel & Ruddock).