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Nicole M. Grida

Nicole M. Grida

Partner
Phone:972.616.1749
Fax:972.616.1701

Nicole Grida defends corporate clients in complex product liability and general civil litigation. For more than 15 years, she has represented individuals, professionals and businesses in products liability, premises liability, automobile negligence, medical malpractice and other high exposure matters involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death claims. 

Nicole has extensive trial experience in state and federal court and has tried more than 50 cases to verdict. She has prepared and deposed a wide range of technical experts including accident reconstructionists, economists, OSHA compliance experts, vocational experts, physicians, psychiatrists, toxicologists, fire origin and cause experts, engineers, DOT compliance experts, and human factors experts. Though Nicole works remotely through the Dallas office, she lives in the Memphis area, readily available to assist clients locally and statewide. 

Nicole also brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective from her time serving as litigation counsel at a Fortune 500 company. In addition to managing more than 100 premises liability, automobile liability and workers’ compensation cases, she developed best practices for responding to third-party subpoenas and oversaw production of documents and witnesses for depositions in non-party matters. With management and strategic planning skills honed by her in-house experience, she works to understand her clients’ business objectives and develops legal strategies aligned with them.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time exploring the Bluff City, reading, binge watching reality television and traveling to new places. Her goal is to visit all 50 states by the end of 2023, and she currently has only seven states left to explore. Her five nieces and nephews and chocolate lab mix, Carmelo Thurston, all keep her busy as well.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2007

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

Education

  • Temple University, B.A., 2003

    cum laude

    Major: Political Science and English

  • The University of Tennessee, College of Law, J.D., 2006

    Concentration in Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

    Research Editor, Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy

    National Moot Court Team

    Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Team

    McClung Medal for Excellence in Moot Court, 2006

    Moot Court Board Special Service Award, 2006

    Judge James M. Haynes Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Moot Court, 2006

Professional Associations

    • Tennessee Bar Association
      —Young Lawyers Division Fellow, 2018 – Present
    • Memphis Bar Association
      —Young Lawyers’ Division Sustaining Member, 2017 – Present 
      —Litigation Section
      —Board of Directors, 2017 – 2019
      —Young Lawyers’ Division President, 2015
      —Bench Bar and Access to Justice Committees
    • Association for Women Attorneys
      —Mentor, Law School Chapter, 2015 – 2020
    • Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
      —Board of Directors, 2019 – Present
      —Equal Justice University Planning Committee, 2020 – Present
    • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, International
      —International Justice, Chair, 2022 – 2024
      —International Vice Justice, Vice Chair, 2020 – 2022
      —International Marshal, Parliamentarian, 2018 – 2020
      —District Justice, District XV, 2010 – 2018
    • Association of Corporate Counsel, 2017 – 2021
    • Federal Bar Association, Mid-South Chapter, 2017 – 2021
    • National Bar Association
      —Elections Committee Chair, 2021 – 2022
    • Memphis Bar Foundation
      —Fellow, 2018 – Present
    • Memphis Area Legal Services
      —Legal Clinics Volunteer, 2008 – Present
    • Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women
      —2018 Annual Meeting Committee Chair
    • Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court
      —Barrister Member, 2019 – Present
       

Distinctions

    • National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter
      —President’s Award, 2022
    • Memphis Bar Association
      —Sam A Myar, Jr. Memorial Award, 2020
      —President’s Award, 2019
      —Champion of Justice Award, 2019
      —Access to Justice Committee Volunteer of the Year Award, 2012
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
      —Stan Jones Outstanding District Justice Award, 2018
    • Tennessee Bar Association
      —Young Lawyers Division, Star of the Quarter, Summer 2017
      —Young Lawyers Division, Star of the Quarter, Fall 2014
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Mid-South Rising Stars, 2012

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Speaking Engagements

  • "Mindfulness: The Importance of Putting on Your Oxygen Mask Before Others," Presenter, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services Equal Justice University, September 2022
  • "Safari Guide for Panel Counsel," Panelist, Southeastern Women Litigators Conference, March 2022
  • "The Rise of Social Media Influences and the Need for Lawyers," Moderator, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International Webinar Series, March 2022
  • "Wellness in the Legal Profession," Panelist, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International Webinar Series, January 2022
  • "Utilizing Your Network, Skills, and Reputation to Create Your Own Personal Success," Moderator, Memphis Bar Association, 2021 Virtual Bench Bar Conference, September 2021
  • "Trial Practice in the Wake of a Global Pandemic: Lessons Learned (And Learning)," Moderator, Memphis Bar Association, 2021 Virtual Bench Bar Conference, September 2021
  • "Pro Bono Service as a Modern Day Lawyer," Panelist, Association for Women Attorneys’ Women in Law & Leadership Conference, October 2021
  • "Indian Law 101 – Welcome to Indian Country," Moderator, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International Webinar Series, March 2021
  • "Keynote Presentation by Presidential Medal of Awarding Winning Civil Rights Attorney Fred D. Gray," Moderator, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International 63rd Biennial Convention and Leadership Conference, August 2020
  • "Trials and Triumphs: Blazing Different Trails in Today’s Field of Law," Panelist,  Association for Women Attorneys’ Women in Law & Leadership Conference, September 2019
  • "Maintaining Health & Wellness in the Legal Profession," Presenter, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International Webinar Series, June 2019
  • "Insomnia: Legal Issues That Keep Corporate Counsel Up," Panelist, Memphis Bar Association 2019 Bench Bar Conference, April 2019
  • "Maintaining Health & Wellness in the Legal Profession," Co-Presenter, Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Conference, October 2018
  • "Mastering the Deposition: Critical Skills – Overview of Applicable Tennessee and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," Presenter, Tennessee Bar Association, April 2017
  • "Mastering the Deposition: Critical Skills – Preparing and Taking a Plaintiff’s Deposition, Use of Exhibits at Depositions and Witness/Party Attendance at Depositions" Presenter, Tennessee Bar Association, April 2017
  • "The Future of Insurance Defense: Navigating the Waters of Staff Counsel," Presenter, Memphis Bar Association 2015 Bench Bar Conference, May 2015
  • "The Litigator’s Toolbox: Do You Know Your Options," Co-Presenter, Memphis Bar Association 2011 Bench Bar Conference, May 2011
     

Publications

  • "Perspectives and Resources on the COVID-19 Pandemic," Co-Author, A Baker's Dozen: Tips from In-House Counsel, May 2020 
  • Note, The Writ of Habeus Corpus After Cone v. State, 1 Tenn. J. L & Pol'y 153 (2004)