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Donald W. Glazer


Newton, MA, USA


DONALD W. GLAZER is advisory counsel to the Boston law firm of Goodwin Procter LLP and adviser to the firm's Legal Opinions Committee. He formerly was a partner at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.  Mr. Glazer is the author of numerous articles on legal opinions and is co-author of two books, Glazer and FitzGibbon on Legal Opinions and Massachusetts Corporation Law and Practice. He is co-chair of the TriBar Opinion Committee and a member of the Steering Committee of the Working  Group on Legal Opinions. In 2009 the Working Group on Legal Opinions awarded Mr. Glazer the Fuld Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of legal opinions in business transactions.

Mr. Glazer is past chair of the Committee on Legal Opinions of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section and a former member of the Council of that Section. Mr. Glazer also is a past chair of the Business Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and past co-chair of that Section's Legal Opinions Committee and Securities Law Committee. Mr. Glazer has chaired and served as a participant in numerous programs on closing opinions and acted as an expert witness and consultant in many cases involving claims against law firms that have given legal opinions.

Mr. Glazer served as co-reporter for the ABA Business Law Section's "Legal Opinion Principles" and the TriBar Opinion Committee's 1998 report, "Third-Party Closing Opinions," 2006 report, "Third-Party Closing Opinions: Limited Liability Companies," and 2011 report, "Opinions on LLC Membership Interests." He served as editor-in-chief of the TriBar Opinion Committee's 2004 Special Report on the Remedies Opinion.  He also served on the Members Consultative Group for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers and was involved in the drafting of the portion of the Restatement dealing with closing opinions. 

Mr. Glazer was graduated summa cum laude in 1966 from Dartmouth College, where he was a Senior Fellow and Rufus Choate Scholar, and magna cum laude in 1969 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He received an L.L.M. in 1970 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a fellow at the Center for the Study of Financial Institutions.
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