Attorney: Brad Glazier
Firm: Bos & Glazier, Trial Attorneys
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Practice Areas: Employment Law, Personal Injury
Says Glazier of his decision to migrate his website over to the LawLytics system, “I saw some of the websites LawLytics had developed, I liked the business model, and I liked the ease by which I could make changes to the website without going back to the web developer each time I wanted to make a change.”
Attorney Brad Glazier in the Spotlight…
To Michigan-based employment and personal injury attorney Bradley Glazier, the practice of law and the art of public speaking are inseparable.
Before joining a competitive speech and debate team while in high school, Glazier wasn’t sure which career path to follow. But in high school, he says he had “the good fortune” of studying under a speech and debate coach and teacher who he says “sparked (his) interest in doing that type of academic work.” Once involved in the realm of public speaking, Glazier says that he found he “had a knack for it right off the bat.”
It was his performance in competitive debate and public speaking that won him a scholarship to college and, while there, he was part of a team won the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament during each of the four years of his undergraduate studies.
Discovering a Love for the Law
“There’s a connection between public speaking and being a trial lawyer,” says Glazier, and it’s that connection which led him down a path toward his calling as an attorney.
While in law school, Glazier served as a clerk for a Toledo-based firm that specialized in plaintiff-side personal injury cases, plaintiff-side workmen’s compensation cases, and also represented unions in employment disputes. While working on the union-side of an employment case during that clerkship, Glazier found himself pitted against a Grand Rapids law firm that was representing the company involved on the defense side of that case.
Glazier says that his interactions with that firm over the course of the case led to an interview and, upon graduating from law school, his first job offer to work as an attorney on the management side of employment litigation cases.
At that time, Michigan was just starting to see a flood of cases regarding exceptions to the state’s at-will employment law following a decision by the state supreme court which determined that company policies requiring a good reason for termination could be interpreted as a contract which superseded a company’s right to fire an employee with or without cause under that particular law.
Glazier kept busy on the defense/management side of those cases for about six years before realizing that he preferred working on the plaintiff side. He then moved over to another firm that allowed him to work on the other side of the table, where he remained for another six years before starting his private practice with attorney Carole Bos in February of 1995. He has been running that practice now for more than two of the three decades he’s spent practicing law.
The Difference Is Persuasion
In his tenure at Bos & Glazier, Glazier has been recognized as both a “Michigan Super Lawyer” since 2006, and as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the specialty category of labor and employment law since 2007. He was also selected to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and, in 2017, he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Glazier says that it’s his focus and continued studies in rhetoric and persuasion that give his practice a competitive advantage. “I would say that I am a student of the law and a student of how to persuade judges and juries,” Glazier says. “I think I spend more time than other lawyers do trying to hone my skills of persuasion.”
When asked how he divides his focus between the overlapping areas of study, Glazier says that it’s not possible to divide the two because they are simply “too intertwined.”
LawLytics: A Website System That Is Affordable and Easy to Use
When Glazier found LawLytics just over two years ago, he was going through a third-party developer and web host to manage his law firm’s web presence. Though he says he never quite felt like he was being “held hostage” by that developer, he says that the process by which he was able to make changes to his site was simply too complicated and meant delays in those changes based on that developer’s willingness and availability to implement them.
Says Glazier of his decision to migrate his website over to the LawLytics system, “I saw some of the websites LawLytics had developed, I liked the business model, and I liked the ease by which I could make changes to the website without going back to the web developer each time I wanted to make a change.” It was then that he opted to switch over to the LawLytics system, where he has remained ever since.
In addition to the price point and ease of use of their system, Glazier says he also appreciated the fact that LawLytics’ only provides website services to legal professionals. “The company’s sole focus on the niche of doing web development and hosting for law firms was very attractive to me, as opposed to most web developers who try to be all things to all people,” he says.