Meet Barry R. Grissom
By Stephanie Woodrow | May 20, 2022 12:18 pm

Barry R. Grissom (Law Office of Barry R. Grissom)

Barry R. Grissom (University of Kansas, Oklahoma City University School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for Kansas. He would replace Eric Melgren, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. The district’s current interim U.S. Attorney is Lanny Welch.

His vitals:

  • Born in Lebanon, Ky., in 1954.
  • Earned an associate’s degree from Johnson County Community College in May 1974.
  • Has been the solo practitioner at Grissom Law Office in Overland Park, Kansas, since 2007.
  • Was the solo practitioner at the Law Office of Barry R. Grissom in Overland Park, Kansas, and Mission, Kansas, from 1983 to 2007.
  • Clerked at Spradley, Wirken & Riesmeyer in Kansas City, Mo., in 1981.
  • Interned in the Oklahoma attorney general’s office in the criminal appellate division in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1980.
  • Interned in the Oklahoma county public defenders office in Oklahoma City, Okla., from 1979 to 1980.
  • Worked as a lift operator for Breckenridge Ski Corporation in Breckenridge, Colo., during the 1977 to 1978 ski season.
  • Was an intake clerk at the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo., in 1977.
  • Worked as a freelance model from 1980 to 1986.
  • Was a sales associate at Venture Department Stores in Overland Park, Kan., from 1972 to 1974.
  • Painted houses during the summers during college and after his first year of law school.
  • Has handled approximately 683 cases, about 30 of which were tried to verdict or judgment. Served as sole or lead counsel in about 90 percent of the cases and associate counsel in the remainder.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Grissom reported assets valued at $1.3 million, mostly from securities and real estate, and $331,500 in liabilities for a net worth of $971,700.

On his Office of Government Ethics disclosure Grissom reported his salary from his law firm to be $59,800 for 2009 and the first five months of 2010.

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