January 31, 2017
Kansas City attorney practices in the firm’s national Government Investigations and Compliance - Civil and Criminal practice

Polsinelli Shareholder Barry Grissom has been appointed to the Board of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA), filling a vacancy in the board’s class of 2018. Grissom served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas from 2010 to 2016.

Grissom is a member of Polsinelli’s National Government Investigations and Compliance - Civil and Criminal practice, and offices in the firm’s Kansas City, Mo. Headquarters building.

As a U.S. Attorney, he assessed and resolved a wide array of civil and criminal cases, managed three offices and a large legal workforce of 49 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 53 support staff, while representing the Department of Justice in diverse communities across his district.

“I’m honored to be a part of this Board and representing an organization that I care so deeply about,” Grissom said. “The National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys includes many of the best attorneys in the nation and around the world. I’m looking forward to representing my distinguished colleagues and promoting the litigating authority and independence of the office of the United States Attorney.”

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Grissom was selected by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as one of 15 members on the Attorney’s General Advisory Committee (AGAC), which advises the Attorney General on matters of administration and policy. 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.

At Polsinelli, Grissom devotes the majority of his practice to 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 also handles False Claims Act enforcement and Class Action matters.

“Barry is a valued member of our national White Collar and Government Investigations Practice, and I know he will be the same for the NAFUSA Board,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh. “We’re proud of his appointment to this prestigious group of attorneys, and are extremely fortunate to have him as a member of our team at Polsinelli.”

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.

Grissom earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas before obtaining his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court Board.