Richard Grand

I was pleased to receive the following news the other day: The Law School at the University of Arizona has named its alumnus of the year, and it is none other than Richard Grand. And for good measure, he shares the honor with his wife, Marcia.

Richard has been a subject in numerous posts here and stories in Arizona Attorney Magazine—for good reason. He is an accomplished lawyer and an individual of conflicting talents: He is community-minded yet solitary, a consummate plaintiff’s lawyer while not being exactly a people person.

It was my pleasure to deliver a keynote address in January at the Law School in which I honored Richard’s accomplishments. And here is what the school had to say about one of its most colorful graduates. Congratulations, Richard and Marcia!

Richard Grand Named 2011 Law Alumnus of the Year

Recognizing his outstanding support for students and his alma mater, Richard D. Grand has been selected as the 2011 Alumnus of the Year for the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Grand, a 1958 graduate of the College, will receive the award jointly with his wife, Marcia Grand.

The couple has been actively engaged with the law school for decades, providing resources for student activities that emphasize practical lawyering skills. The Richard D. Grand Writing Competition, now in its 11th year, allows students to compete for cash prizes based on persuasive writing. The Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition, held since 1995, promotes excellence in crafting and delivering jury arguments. Mr. and Mrs. Grand are Arizona Law Fund Dean’s Fellows and are also longtime supporters of the University of Arizona Foundation.

Senior Director of Development Patricia-Coyne-Johnson nominated Mr. and Mrs. Grand for the honor, notes that “Richard and Marcia have continued to be close friends and generous benefactors of the University of Arizona for more than 50 years.  This award is a long overdue recognition of their commitment to the University and dedication to the College of Law.  We all benefit from their many many contributions and leadership, surpassing the bar for loyalty and dedication.”

Mr. Grand began his practice as a deputy county attorney in 1958, the same year of his graduation from the College of Law. Since 1962, Richard Grand’s practice has been limited to representing plaintiffs. On more than 100 occasions he has obtained either of verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million.

In 1972, Richard Grand founded the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 U.S. lawyers who have completed at least three verdicts in excess of $1 million for compensatory damages.

Since 1942, The University of Arizona Alumni Association has presented awards to alumni and friends for their outstanding achievements and service to the University of Arizona, the Arizona Alumni Association, their communities, and their professions. The 2011 Alumnus of the Year award will be presented to Mr. and Mrs. Grand at a campus-wide reception on Friday, November 4th, 2011. The ceremony will honor alumni from across the UA campus.