Karen T. Grisez

Karen T. Grisez

  • Special Counsel
  • Public Service Counsel
  • Litigation
  • Washington, DC
  • T:   +1.202.639.7043
  • F:   +1.202.639.7003
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Karen T. Grisez is a member of the Litigation Department and is resident in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office. She joined the Firm in 1990 and became Public Service Counsel in 1996.

In her role as Public Service Counsel, Ms. Grisez manages the intake and placement of pro bono matters, acts as liaison to national and local bar associations and legal services providers and provides substantive advice and assistance to other attorneys who are working on pro bono cases. She has experience with issues of political asylum and other immigration matters, veterans' benefits, family law, landlord/tenant law and general civil litigation.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Grisez received the 2015-2016 Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for her work as Chair of the Pro Bono Committee within the Chapter.

Professional Associations

Ms. Grisez chairs the Advisory Committee on Pro Se Litigation of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and is a member of the Board of the Washington Council of Lawyers, the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition and the American Immigration Law Foundation.  She is also a trustee of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.  She is a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on asylum and other immigration-related topics.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

District of Columbia; Maryland; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; United States Immigration Court in numerous jurisdictions

Practices & Industries


Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, JD – 1990
  • Articles editor, Law Review
  • Member, Moot Court Board
  • Alumni Achievement Award, Most outstanding combination of academics and extracurricular activities
University of Maryland, BA – 1987
  • summa cum laude


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  • Spanish
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