Law school: University of Missouri-Kansas City
To understand the impact L. Annette Griggs has had on others, one need only read from those who nominated her, new lawyers who were able to use space in her office to start their firm – without paying a dime to their benefactor.
“She took us under her wing and has been nothing short of amazing ever since,” writes one. “All she has wanted was to see us succeed and we will forever be indebted to her for that.”
The office space wasn’t the only thing that was free of charge. Griggs was always there to answer questions and mentor others on the practice of both the legal and the business side of the field.
But helping others came naturally to Griggs, an attorney who has a spot on The Missouri Bar’s Pro Bono Wall of Fame and garnered a “Lawyer of the Year” Award from the Association for Women Lawyers where she has sat on a number of committees. Griggs, an appointee to the state’s Brain Injury Advisory Council, has taught young lawyers advocacy skills at the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy. She is also a board member of Hope Haven in Cass County.
What is your most important work at your organization?
Often times, my clients with brain injuries have a very difficult time knowing what kind of doctor they should see for treatment. I believe I can aid in their cases by helping them to get to the correct medical providers.
What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?
Getting a great settlement for one of my first brain-injured clients and knowing that she will be well taken care of for the rest of her life.