Polsinelli announced on April 15, 2016, that Barry Grissom, who stepped down earlier in the month as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, will join Polsinelli’s national White Collar Defense and Government Investigations and Compliance – Civil and Criminal Practice. Grissom will be a shareholder in its Kansas City headquarters office. Grissom is among NAFUSA’s newest members. He joins Bill Killian (ED Tennessee 2010-2015), another NAFUSA member, at Polsinelli.
“Polsinelli’s reputation for excellence, combined with its entrepreneurial spirit, clearly drew me to the firm,” said Grissom. “I’m particularly excited by Polsinelli’s national footprint, which will enable me to deploy my skillset nationwide.”
Grissom was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas by President Barack Obama in 2010. Grissom was selected by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve on the Attorney’s General Advisory Committee (AGAC). As a member of the AGAC, Grissom contributed to efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system through his Smart on Crime initiative. He also served on several sub-committees, including Financial Fraud, Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Team, Terrorism & National Security (Cyber), Native American Issues and Civil Rights.
Prior to his work as U.S. Attorney, Grissom was in private practice law for 27 years in both state and federal court, with involvement at every level of complex government litigation matters. He has experience leading white collar criminal prosecutions and affirmative civil lawsuits, prosecuting complex white collar crime cases involving financial, securities, health care and related industries, crisis management and regulatory enforcement matters.
“We are very pleased that Barry has chosen Polsinelli. He brings tremendous experience as U.S. Attorney and nearly 30 years as a practicing attorney, which will allow him to make an immediate impact on our growing national White Collar & Internal Investigations practice and bring great insight to our clients,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh.
At Polsinelli, Grissom will focus his practice on the representation of corporations and their leadership in criminal prosecutions, grand jury investigations, corporate internal investigations and civil enforcement actions brought by state and federal regulatory agencies. He will also handle False Claims Act enforcement and Class Action claims.
Grissom earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas before obtaining his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
The addition of Grissom strengthens Polsinelli’s growing national Government Investigations and Compliance – Civil and Criminal Practice, comprised of other U.S. Attorneys, former federal prosecutors and government regulators. This group of attorneys provides a wide range of services including: internal investigations, white collar defense, professional board investigations, customs enforcement, environmental and health care matters, commercial litigation and more.