JENNIFER GRIECO:
 
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Partner, Neuman Anderson PC, in Birmingham. A frequent speaker and published author, Grieco specializes in complex commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on business tort claims, including professional malpractice, contract and shareholder disputes, coverage claims, and construction litigation. Grieco is the immediate past president of the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA), with 3,000 members, the largest voluntary bar association in Michigan. She is the youngest woman and only the sixth to hold this position in the organization's 76-year history. She was elected to the OCBA board of directors in 2003, 2006, and 2009. During her presidency, she spearheaded the OCBA Pro Bono Mentor Match program, which partnered with the Family Law Assistance Project and Legal Aid & Defender Association to engage new lawyers in providing assistance to the poor. Mentor Match received the 2011 LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award for outstanding bar public service and law-related education programs. The Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. awarded Grieco the 2011 Pro Bono Service Award of the Oakland County Bar Association for her work in establishing the mentor program. In addition, Grieco was the 2003–04 president of the Women's Bar Association, the Oakland County region of the Women Lawyer's Association of Michigan. She was a member of the executive board of the Michigan Association of Justice, 2002–06, serving as co-chair of the Community Coalition committee and a member of the Bike Helmet Safety and Legislative Response committees, and the Amicus team. In 2008, Grieco was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Council, which directs policy for the 2,000 members in the Negligence Section of the State Bar. Grieco was named one of five "Up & Coming Lawyers" for 2004 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. In 2010, she was named to Crain's Detroit Business' annual "40 Under 40" list. She received her bachelor's degree and her juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Toledo, and served as note and comment editor of theUniversity of Toledo Law Review.


WHERE BORN: “Frankfurt, West Germany.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My father. He's a retired colonel in the U.S. Army. As a commander, he taught me respect for strong leadership and ethics.”

LAST BOOK READ: “Anne Doyle's Powering Up. It's a much–needed look into how women are becoming successful in business but not leading in the U.S. She tries to analyze where we need to be heading.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Works hard, plays hard.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “The legal profession is traditionally very paper intensive. We're moving toward e–filing all pleadings. It helps when you serve other parties. The goal is to become a paperless office. The amount of reading attorneys do is tremendous. We hope to be handing over a CD–ROM instead of boxes and boxes of documents. Hopefully, we'll save some trees.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My iPhone, which I resisted for years. I thought BlackBerry was the way to go, but now my iPhone is an essential business and personal tool.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Negril, Jamaica.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Camping with my husband, two–year-old, and dog; gardening; and listening to live music.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Nothing beats a slice of thin cheese pizza.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Definitely not cooking; I can't cook at all.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a role model to my daughter and to others as an honest, ethical, yet tough, advocate for clients. To impact the legal community and to benefit the community at large around us.”