Michael T. Glascott, a partner in the Global Insurance Services Practice Group and leader of the GIS New York team, focuses his practice on complex insurance coverage, bad faith, commercial litigation, tort, and New York Labor Law litigation. Mike counsels and represents insurers in courts throughout New York and other northeastern states.

Mike gained extensive trial experience as an assistant district attorney for the County of Erie, where he prosecuted to verdict a variety of criminal matters, including homicides. He has also successfully defended personal injury claims and represented clients in commercial litigation matters during his time with private firms in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Buffalo, New York.

Since 2003, Mike has been a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), a membership which is granted by invitation only following an extensive peer-review selection process. The FDCC is an international organization that was founded in 1936, and is limited to 1,200 of the top defense attorneys in the country. Mike's high-profile participation in the organization — founded on the principles of knowledge, justice, and fellowship — includes his current appointment as secretary-treasurer, and previous leadership positions as senior director, director, chair of the Membership Development and Retention Committee, chair of the Insurance Coverage Section, chair of the Insurance Industry Committee, and member of the Admissions Committee. He also currently serves as chair of the Finance and Budget Committee, and will serve as the organization's president-elect from 2019 to 2020 and then as president from 2020 to 2021. In 2016, Mike received the Joseph R. Olshan Award in recognition of his outstanding dedication to the organization following his leadership within the FDCC Advance Committee. He also received the FDCC Connect Award in 2017 and the John Alan Appleman Award in 2012 for his service as chair of the FDCC's Insurance Coverage Section.

Highly regarded among his colleagues, Mike possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell — the highest available rating — and has been regularly selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the category of Insurance Law as well as Business First's Who's Who in the Law for Insurance Coverage. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

  • Connects Award for the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2017
  • Joseph R. Olshan Award, Oustanding Chairperson of an Administrative Committee, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Advance Committee, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2015–19
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • John Alan Appleman Award, Outstanding Chairperson of a Substantive Law Section, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2012
  • Business First’s Who’s Who in Law (Insurance)
  • Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2018
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2012–18; Top 50 List, 2014–15
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel: Fellow
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC):
  •       Secretary-Treasurer, 2018 to present
  •       Senior Director, 2015–18
  •       Director, 2012–15
  •       Annual Meeting Convention Chair, La Malbaie, Quebec, 2016
  •       Winter Meeting CLE Program Chair, Amelia Island, Florida, 2015
  •       Chair, Membership Development and Retention Committee, 2017–18
  •       Member, Finance and Budget Committee, 2017–18
  •       Chair, Finance and Budget Committee, 2018–19
  •       Member, Admissions Committee, 2012–17
  •       Chair, Insurance Coverage Section, 2010–12
  •       Eastern Coordinator, State Representative Program, 2009–14
  •       Program Co-Chair, I-3 Insurance Symposium, New York, N.Y., October 2013
  •       Co-Chair, Insurance Industry Committee, 2014–16
  •       Co-Chair, Advance Committee, 2015–17
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Civic Activities
  • School Board for Southtowns Catholic School: Member 2009–10; Vice President 2010–12
  • University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 1983
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., 1979



  • Co-Author, "Construction Defect Claims: A 2017 Update — Part Two," Mealey's Litigation Report: Construction Defects Insurance, February 2018
  • Co-Author, "Construction Defect Claims: A 2017 Update — Part One," Mealey's Litigation Report: Construction Defects Insurance, January 2018
  • Co-Author, "The Emperor’s New Clothes and Cyber Insurance,” FDCC Quarterly, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Spring 2013
  • Presenter/Author, "Landmines For Lawyers," FDCC Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 1, 2013
  • Presenter/Co-Author, "The Emperor's New Clothes and Cyber Insurance — A Few Questions Go a Long Way: Evaluating the 'Bare' Essentials of a New Product Amidst a New and Dangerous Risk," Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, March 7, 2013
  • Presenter and Co-Author, "Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite," Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, July 2011. (This paper addressed insurance coverage issues that arise in the context of bedbug claims.)
  • Author, Calculating the Amount of Coverage, New Appleman On Insurance 3d Edition, Chapter 47, LexisNexis, Spring 2011
  • Moderator/Presenter, "The Ripple Effect of Catastrophic Environmental Events: Moratoriums, Regulatory Change, and Industry Reaction - Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, March 4, 2011
  • Moderator, "Reinsurance Markets In a Global Economy,"  FDCC Annual Meeting, Munich, July 2010
  • Presenter, "Insurance Coverage Issues in the Commercial General Liability Policy," 2010 Spring Update, New York State Bar Association, June 25, 2010 
  • Co-Presenter, "Nanotechnology — What is it and Why Should We Care?" International Association of Claim Professionals, June 3, 2010
  • Presenter, "Contractual Indemnification," 2009 Insurance Coverage Spring Update, New York State Bar Association, May 2009