VOL. 122 | NO. 246 | Thursday, December 27, 2007
Memphis Law Talk
Underlying Grisham's Employment Law Surface Is Love of Writing, Hockey
Name: Greg Grisham
Company: Weintraub Stock & Grisham PC
Basics: Grisham, who recently was appointed to the advisory committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and who is active in the Memphis Lawyers' Chapter of The Federalist Society, is also a sports fan and aspiring novelist.
"Our legal system is not perfect, but it's the best thing that I can find in the world in terms of helping folks settle disputes peacefully and fairly in a reasonable manner."
- Greg Grisham
Attorney Greg Grisham, a partner in Weintraub Stock & Grisham PC, is a recent appointee to the advisory committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
He is also a guiding force in the Memphis Lawyers' Chapter of The Federalist Society, a legal and political forum that in recent years has drawn not only devotees of quintessential federalist Alexander Hamilton's view of strong central government, but also some adherents of Andrew Jackson's more moderate philosophy.
The society's recent forum on judicial selection drew not only a member of the state Judicial Selection Commission, but one of the judicial applicants involved in the controversy between the commission and Gov. Phil Bredesen.
Grisham's practice covers a lot of ground as do his interests off the job, which include a devotion to hockey and, like another attorney once in these parts named Grisham, writing a novel.
Q: What is your practice area?
A: Representation of management as well as labor and employment law.
Q: Are you curious about any other practice areas?
A: Labor and employment law is sort of a big area that would include things like covenants not to compete. It also involves sometimes commercial litigation.
We dabble in several things. I've handled immigration cases. We do work for companies that go beyond labor employment law. We've become more of a general practice.
Q: Where did you attend undergraduate and graduate school?
A: I graduated with a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1983. I graduated with a master's in business administration from Ole Miss in 1984 and I got my J.D., my law degree, from the University of Memphis - then called Memphis State - in 1989. I was a member of the Law Review and I did graduate with honors. I wanted to give up a few times, but my parents forced me to stay in. It was worth it.
Q: What's one of your enduring law school memories?
A: On one of first tests I took, I froze up in the middle of taking the test and couldn't think of anything. My mind started racing. I said, "What's going to happen to me if I make an F on this test?" because I just started law school. It was very troubling.
Q: And what's one enduring courtroom memory?
A: I had my first federal court trial in front of Judge Robert McRae, and he taught me several things about the need to be very prepared when you go into the courtoom and just about trying a case. He was a very interesting judge.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I have three children who are very active in sports. I spend lots of time going to their games and practices, and carrying them around sort of like a taxi cab driver. I enjoy reading. I enjoy writing. I've written a number of articles in the last year. I'm working on a novel which I hope to publish someday. I enjoy exercise, working out at the gym and at home. I enjoy traveling, going to different places - taking my family on vacation. I'm a big college football fan and college basketball. I'm one of the few Southerners that I know that likes professional hockey. I'm a Nashville Predators fan. I watch all of their games on Fox Sports Net.
Q: What should people who don't practice law know about our legal system?
A: Our legal system is not perfect, but it's the best thing that I can find in the world in terms of helping folks settle disputes peacefully and fairly in a reasonable manner. It's set up on the criminal side to protect innocent people, and on the civil side it's set up to give people a fair shake, a day in court if they have a case that can get there. Our jury system, the way it's set up, it's kind of the envy of the world even though it's not perfect.
Q: Name the person you would most like to depose or get on the witness stand.
A: Bill Clinton, because he's very intelligent and very careful in things he says. I think it would be a nice challenge.