Lisa Sharrock Glasser and Ellisen Turner Elected Partners

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January 2010

Irell & Manella LLP has elected two new partners, Lisa Sharrock Glasser and Ellisen Shelton Turner.

Ms. Glasser, 31, is resident in the Newport Beach office.  Mr. Turner, 34, is resident in the Los Angeles office.  Both attorneys joined Irell in 2003.

“It’s great to welcome Lisa and Ellisen into the partnership.  Since arriving together six years ago, they have displayed immense skill, intelligence and dedication in their work, and they have both made significant contributions to the firm and the community at large,” said Elliot Brown, Irell & Manella managing partner.


Ms. Glasser has substantial intellectual property experience counseling and litigating on behalf of clients in the computer, real estate development, and manufacturing industries.  She has also handled matters for clients on a broad range of other commercial issues, including insurance, indemnity, class action defense, and business contracts.   

Ms. Glasser is a member of Irell’s Hiring Committee.  She also sits on the Orange County Bar Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee.  Since 2006, she has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in commercial litigation by Los Angeles magazine. 

Ms. Glasser has authored several articles, including "A Decade Down the Road But Still Running Through the Jungle: A Critical Review of Post-Fogerty Attorney's Fee Awards," 52 U. Kan. L. Rev. 457 (co-author, with Robert A. Hyde); "Realigning the Initial Interest Confusion Doctrine with the Lanham Act," 25 Whittier L. Rev. 71; and "The Future of Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Crafting Practical International Legal Solutions From Within the UDRP Framework," 51 Duke L.J. 817.

A native of Saint Paul, Minn., Ms. Glasser earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in economics at the University of St. Thomas, in Minnesota.  She received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 2002 from Duke University, where she was Order of the Coif, Notes Editor for the Duke Law Journal, and received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Intellectual Property and Technology Law.  She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Cynthia Holcomb Hall, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Ms. Glasser is married and has one child.


Mr. Turner’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation where he has advocated for clients in the Supreme Court of the United States, the International Trade Commission, the International Court of Arbitration, and in federal district courts nationwide.  A registered patent attorney, he counsels non-profit research institutions, universities, and companies in a broad range of industries, from pharmaceutical development and semiconductor technology to video game software, telecommunications, and new-media.

Mr. Turner is a member of Irell's Hiring Committee and is the Chair of the firm's Los Angeles summer associate program.  Since 2007, he has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in intellectual property litigation by Los Angeles magazine.

Mr. Turner wrote "Swallowing the Apple Whole: Improper Patent Use By Local Rule," 100 Michigan L. Rev. 640, for which he received a West Publishing Award and an honorary membership in Scribes, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects.  He has also served as an associate columnist for the National Law Journal, contributing essays on legal practice and associate life.

Mr. Turner earned a B.S., magna cum laude, in computer engineering at the University of Southern California, and his J.D., cum laude, in 2002 from the University of Michigan, where he was a Clarence Darrow Scholar and contributing editor to the University of Michigan Law Review.  He served as law clerk for the Hon. Judge Robert Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Mr. Turner is married and has one child and is expecting his second child in the spring.