Let us introduce ourselves
June 23, 2021
Welcome to our new website! We look forward to serving the greater Kansas City area and establishing our firm as a trusted vendor. But first, let us tell you a little bit about ourselves.
Grissom Miller is a law firm composed of Barry Grissom and Jake Miller that represents a wide range of legal matters. We primarily focus on personal injury, workers’ compensation, wage and hour, employment law, and union side labor law. We have been practicing law for over 40 years combined. We share a passion for helping those who have been injured or taken advantage of.
Representing individuals who have been injured or taken advantage of has been a passion for Barry Grissom. He hates bullies. Since 1983 he has dedicated his professional career to assisting those who need legal help. After twenty-seven years of pursuing justice for individuals he was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the United States Attorney for the District of Kansas and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in August of 2010. He served in that position until April of 2016. During his time as U.S. Attorney, he was selected by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as one of 14 United States Attorneys on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (“AGAC”) – a group that meets regularly in Washington to advise the Attorney General on matters of administration and policy. As part of the AGAC, Mr. Grissom contributed to the Attorney General’s efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system through the Smart on Crime initiative and was involved in formulating responses to the myriad of policy and administrative issues that confront the D.O.J. every day. As a result of his service on AGAC, Mr. Grissom was asked by the Brennan Center at New York University Law School to be part of a Blue Ribbon Panel on redefining federal prosecution priorities. This Blue Ribbon Panel, which included a small number of current and former U.S. Attorneys, as well as former high ranking department officials, public defenders and academics examined how shifting federal prosecutorial priorities can reduce violent crime while also addressing the issue of over-incarceration which culminated in the September, 2014 release of a report entitled Federal Prosecution for the 21st Century. He continues to speak out on criminal justice reform, having most recently lobbied members of Congress on Federal Sentencing Reform with Drug Policy Alliance as well as lobbying efforts for the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Mr. Miller graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 2019. While in law school, he served as president of the Student Bar Association, received his Tax Law Certificate and was a member of the ABA Negotiations Competition Team. In his final year of law school, Miller was a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree. Miller graduated law school with Pro Bono Honors for his hours of volunteer work including helping low income tax payers file their federal and state tax returns with the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program. Additionally, Miller worked on the Georgia Project, where he assisted law students from the Country of Georgia develop amicus curiae briefs for cases appearing before the Constitutional Court of Georgia. Miller is a member of the Order of the Barristers, an honor society for United States law school graduates who demonstrate exceptional skill in trial advocacy, oral advocacy, and brief writing.
Prior to law school, Miller worked as the Legislative Director for the Minority Leader of the Kansas House of Representatives. His work focused on policy areas including labor and employment. During law school, Miller was a lobbyist for the Working Kansas Alliance and Keeping the Kansas Promise, organizations made up of labor unions in Kansas, where he advocated for workers’ rights and public pensions. Miller continues today to lobby and work on behalf of the Working Kansas Alliance as their Executive Director. His passion for workers led him to be selected to attend the Peggy Browning Foundation’s Workers’ Rights Conference as a law student.
Recently, Governor Laura Kelly appointed Miller to serve as the Employees Representative on the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council. Currently, Miller also serves on the Wyandotte County Unified Government’s Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Wyandotte County Golf Advisory Board. Miller received his undergraduate degree in accounting from The University of Saint Mary and also graduated from the Entrepreneurial Scholars program at the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the UMKC Bloch School of Management.