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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
  • International Sports Law (taught in Innsbruck, Austria)

Biography

Grenardo is a Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law. He teaches Professional Responsibility, Contracts, Sports Law, Business Associations, Civil Procedure, and International Sports Law. He has presented on professionalism and ethics multiple times locally, statewide and nationally, including at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and the ABA’s Annual National Conference on Professional Responsibility. He has also been quoted in the ABA Journal on the topic of civility. 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, sports law, legal pedagogy, and the practice of law. He has published or forthcoming articles in Pepperdine Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Oregon Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law, and the University of North Carolina School of Law’s First Amendment Law Review, among others. Grenardo has been quoted in multiple articles on the issue of compensation for college athletes, including by the New York Times, and he has spoken on the radio multiple times on this same topic, including an appearance on Knowledge@Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM. His op-eds on sports (as they relate to business and society) have appeared in, among other publications, Fortune Magazine (solicited), AP News, Yahoo! Finance, Houston Chronicle, and the San Antonio Express-News.

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.

Publications

Selected Articles in a Periodical

Selected Media Highlights

Selected Presentations

Professor Grenardo has given over 70 presentations. Listed below are some of those presentations:

  • Speaker, “A Lesson in Civility: How to Teach Law Students a Critical Aspect of Lawyering,” Institute for Law Teaching & Learning Summer Conference, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, June 4, 2019
  • Host and Creator, “Ethics Gameshow,” 3rd National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 12, 2019 (solicited)
  • Panelist, “Teaching the Contracts Course: Strategies, Techniques, and Ideas for Consideration,” 13th Annual International Conference on Contracts (KCON), Orlando, FL, February 24, 2018
  • 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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