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David A. Grenardo

Professor of Law

Education

  • J.D., Duke University, 2002
  • B.A., Rice University, 1999

License to Practice

  • Texas
  • California

Specialties and Courses

  • Business associations
  • Contracts
  • Federal civil procedure
  • Professional responsibility
  • Texas civil procedure
  • Sports law

Biography

Grenardo is a Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law. He teaches Professional Responsibility, Contracts, Business Associations, Civil Procedure and Sports Law. He has presented on professionalism and ethics multiple times locally, statewide and nationally, including at the American Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. He practiced law in California and Texas for three large law firms — Jones Day, DLA Piper, and King & Spalding — for nearly a decade before joining the legal academy in 2011.

He represented clients in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including contract, tort and product liability cases. He dedicated a significant part of his practice to pro bono work, which included protecting the rights of, among others, domestic violence victims, the developmentally disabled and First Amendment litigants. He has received numerous awards for his pro bono efforts, including the Frank J. Scurlock Award, awarded by the State Bar of Texas, the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law Pro Bono Panel Volunteer of the Year, the Wiley W. Manuel Award bestowed by the State Bar of California, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Distinguished Service Award, and Texas Civil Rights Project Pro Bono Champion.

His scholarship focuses on professional responsibility, the practice of law and sports law. He has published or forthcoming articles in the Brooklyn Law Review, Oregon Law Review, the University of North Carolina School of Law’s First Amendment Law Review, and Cardozo’s Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal, among others. The New York Times quoted Grenardo on his views regarding compensation for college athletes. St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Phi Delta Phi chapter (which consists of students in the top 20 percent of their class) honored Grenardo as the Faculty Member of the Year in 2017, and he was also selected as the Professor of the Year by the Student Bar Association at St. Mary’s Law School in 2014. He earned his B.A. from Rice University where he played football and was a four-year letterman. He earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

Honors and Awards

Professor Grenardo is the recipient of numerous awards, many for his pro bono efforts.

Selected as the 2017 Mart Vogel Lecturer on Professionalism and Legal Ethics, North Dakota State Bar Annual Meeting, June 16, 2017
St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Phi Delphi Phi chapter Faculty Member of the Year (2017)
Selected as the Keynote Speaker for The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race & Social Justice’s Annual Banquet (Spring 2017)
Selected by the graduating class of 2016 as one of two law professors to hood the graduates at commencement
Best Supporter of Advocacy Award given by the St. Mary’s University School of Law Board of Advocates to only two members of the faculty (2016)
Student Bar Association Professor of the Year awarded by students to one professor each year (2014)
Inducted into the St. Mary's High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 25, 2013
Recipient of 2011 Frank J. Scurlock Award awarded annually by the State Bar of Texas for providing outstanding pro bono work
Honored in 2009 by the State Bar of Texas for Outstanding Pro Bono Work
King & Spalding Pro Bono Service Award, 2008 and 2009
Texas Civil Rights Project Pro Bono Champion for 2008
DLA Piper 2007 Pro Bono Star
Recipient of Wiley W. Manuel Award awarded by the State Bar of California for 2006
Distinguished Service Award awarded by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program for 2006
DLA Piper 2006 Pro Bono Junior Associate of the Year
Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law Pro Bono Panel Volunteer of the Year for 2005
1997 Rice University Top Scholar Athlete for the sport of Football

Publications

Articles in a Periodical

Media Highlights

 

  • Athletic Business, “Everybody is getting paid except the college athletes,” June 2017
  • Nate & Creight SB Nation Radio, “College Athletes Pay-for-Play Model,” March 31, 2017

Presentations

  • 2017 Mart Vogel Lecturer on Professionalism and Legal Ethics and Panelist, “You’re Not Alone,” North Dakota State Bar Annual Meeting, June 16, 2017
  • Panelist, “Implementing Ethical Formation & Professional Identity in Law School,” 2016 Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, Virginia Beach, VA, September 30, 2016
  • Panelist, “The Duke Model: A Performance-Based Solution for Compensating College Athletes,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools New Scholars Panel, Amelia Island, FL, August 6, 2016
  • Moderator, “Public Policy Considerations in Contract Law,” 11th International Conference on Contracts (KCON XI), San Antonio, TX, Feb. 27, 2016
  • Speaker, “The Continued Exploitation of the College Student-Athlete:  Confessions of a Former Student-Athlete Turned Law Professor,” Junior Faculty Workshop, Michigan State University School of Law, Lansing, MI, Oct. 23, 2015
  • Speaker, “The Continued Exploitation of the College Student-Athlete:  Confessions of a Former Student-Athlete Turned Law Professor,” Faculty Workshop, Marquette University School of Law, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 22, 2015
  • Panelist, “Policing Lawyer Manners:  The Complicated Question of Civility Compliance,” 2015 American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Aug. 2, 2015
  • Panelist, “Ethics & Music Law:  Face the Music,” The Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Texas State Bar Convention, San Antonio, TX, June 18, 2015
  • Panelist, “Ethics & Film:  It’s Only a Movie,” The Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Texas State Bar Convention, San Antonio, TX, June 18, 2015
  • Panelist, “Ethics & Sports Law:  The Sporting Life,” The Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Texas State Bar Convention, San Antonio, TX, June 18, 2015
  • Moderator and Panel Creator, “The Legal Profession Has Had One Too Many: What Law Schools and State Bars Can Do To Identify and Help Law Students Who Have Substance Abuse or Mental Health Issues,” American Bar Association’s 41st Annual National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Denver, CO, May 29, 2015
  • Speaker, “Making Civility Mandatory:  Moving From Aspired to Required,” American Association of Law Libraries 107th Annual Meeting & Conference, Academic Law Library Directors’ Breakfast Speech, San Antonio, TX, July 13, 2014
  • Panelist, “Ethics for Healthcare Attorneys,” American Bar Association Health Law Section, Young Lawyers’ Division, and the Center For Professional Development, National Webinar, Dec. 5, 2013
  • Lead Panelist, “Making Civility Mandatory:  Holding Attorneys to a Higher Standard of Conduct,” American Bar Association’s 39th Annual National Conference on Professional Responsibility, San Antonio, TX, May 31, 2013
  • Speaker, “Do You Have What It Takes to Win?  ‘Jeopardy!’ Style Ethics Review,” American Bar Association 2013 Environmental, Mass Torts and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint CLE Seminar, Steamboat Springs, CO, Feb. 1, 2013
  • Speaker, “Final Jeopardy Ethics Question: How Much Are You Willing To Bet On The Answer…Your License?” American Bar Association 2012 Environmental, Mass Torts and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint CLE Seminar, Hollywood, FL, Jan. 20, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, “A Lesson in Civility,” Legal Profession Class attended by all 1L’s of Mercer Law School, Mercer University School of Law, Macon, GA, Feb. 13, 2015
  • Speaker, “Can Good Lawyers Finish First? – Civility & Success in Big Law,” Duke University School of Law’s Christian Legal Society and Black Law Students’ Association, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, February 6, 2014
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