John Jerry Glas is an experienced litigator and the Chair of the Civil Litigation Department at Deutsch Kerrigan. He has tried 113 trials, including 75 jury trials and 38 judge trials. In 2020, Jerry was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Jerry has handled cases throughout Louisiana. He has tried cases to verdict in nine Louisiana state courts, including the 1st JDC, 8th JDC, 15th JDC, 16th JDC, 23rd JDC, 24th JDC, 40th JDC, Civil District Court (Orleans Parish), and Criminal District Court (Orleans Parish). As lead defense counsel, Jerry has additionally obtained defense verdicts in two Louisiana federal courts (Eastern District & Western District).
Jerry serves as national trial counsel for the worldwide leading manufacturer of conducted electrical weapons. He has been admitted pro hac vice in 11 different states. In 2012, after a contentious jury trial, Jerry obtained a zero verdict in the Circuit Court of City of St. Louis, which was listed by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of that year’s “Largest Defense Verdicts.”
Jerry is also proud of his appellate practice. He has authored the winning brief in more than 20 published opinions, including an opinion by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Jerry has argued before several Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. In 2017, Jerry successfully argued a “Mitchell appeal” before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Manhattan.
Jerry has authored three peer-reviewed book chapters for the American Bar Association’s popular From The Trenches series on trial strategy. He is also a frequent presenter, having lectured locally and nationally on jury selection, trial strategy, expert witnesses, traumatic brain injury cases, life care plans, and qualified immunity.
Jerry enjoys teaching law school students. He has taught a full-credit Trial Practice class as an adjunct professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (2009-2014). He has lectured annually on the challenges of civil and criminal discovery as part of the Intersession faculty for Tulane University School of Law (2012-Present). He has also served on the teaching faculty for L.S.U. Law School’s Trial Advocacy 3-Day Boot Camp (2018-Present).
Jerry was born and raised in New Orleans. Before attending law school, Jerry earned an M.A. in philosophy and taught religion at Jesuit High School. Before joining the firm in 1999, Jerry served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Parish of Orleans. Jerry has been married for 21 years. He has two wonderful daughters and one spoiled Schnauzer.