Diplomas and certificates aren’t the first things you notice when you walk into U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office. What attracts your eye is a large poster advertising the classic movie, To Kill a Mockingbird. He keeps it there to remind himself daily of why he is a lawyer. “We all went to law school because deep down we believed we wanted to be able to make a positive difference in our communities and in the lives of our fellow citizens. We wanted to be like Atticus Finch, to do good, and I can’t think of a better place to do just that than the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
Mr. Grissom believes, “It’s essential for all of our citizens to know their government, through the U.S. Attorney’s Office, is working tirelessly to protect them from a whole host of criminal behavior as well as defending their civil rights.”
Mr. Grissom is a 1977 graduate of Kansas University as well as a 1981 graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law. Prior to his confirmation, he practiced law as a solo practitioner. When recently informed that he is the first solo practitioner to hold his office since the eighteen eighties, he laughed and said: “Wasn’t Atticus Finch a solo-practitioner?”
Mr. Grissom resides with his wife, Renee, and their dog, Penny, in Leawood. They also have two children, Taylor and Annie, both proud graduates of Kansas University.