New York Times Bestselling Author

About James Grippando - The Speaker


“Grippando has been at the top of the legal-thriller ladder for some time…”

U.S. News & World Report


 Remarkable Praise for James as Public Speaker …

 “I have watched James Grippando entertain our clients for over 10 years. His wit, casual style, coupled with his legal background always makes for an interesting story. He is simply captivating!”                                           

 - David R McWilliams:  UBS, Head, Wealth Management Transformation

 “When I want to read a novelist who understands the practice of law and how to turn it into an exciting and accurate novel, I always turn to James Grippando—and he is an equally gifted speaker. In a roomful of some of the most talented and successful lawyers in America, James Grippando entertained, engaged and earned a standing ovation from the National Association of Bar Presidents. I highly recommend him.”  

 - Stephen N. Zack:  Former president of the American Bar Association &  National Conference of Bar Presidents


James Grippando . . . The Speaker

Since the blockbuster debut of The Pardon in 1994, James Grippando’s public speaking engagements have drawn hundreds of thousands of spectators, and he has reached millions more by radio and television. His recipe for success—setting realistic goals, learning from mistakes, and always following your dream—resonates with any audience. His personal and humorous account of his transition from successful trial attorney to the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels has entertained audiences around the world.

With his powerhouse blend of imagination and legal expertise, James Grippando has become the go-to novelist for readers seeking intellectually provocative, relentlessly suspenseful, and tremendously entertaining thrillers that capitalize on his unique ability to anticipate tomorrow’s headlines and make nail-biting “what if”scenarios frighteningly real. James tailors his presentation to his audience, revealing the “stories behind the books”—riveting true events that provide James with endless inspiration and a permanent cure for “writer’s block.” Recent topics include:

  • The bizarre true story of the largest cash heist in Miami history pulled off by a group of amateur crooks who soon found themselves in way over their heads, threatened by hardcore criminals, with the FBI the least of their problems.
  • The dark history of the sugar industry in Florida, which led to the only indictment of a U.S. corporation for violation of the 13th Amendment’s ban on slavery. James was one of the lawyers in the class actions brought by exploited cane cutters who toiled for hours each day in the blazing Florida sun.
  • James was a lawyer for victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, which inspired a novel that proposes a plausible but disturbing answer to a question that remains unanswered to this very day: Where did all that money go?
  • As a young lawyer, James worked on numerous death penalty cases. But not until James was stopped by police in a case of mistaken identity did he hatch the idea for The Pardon: a man on death row hours away from execution for a murder that he may not have committed.    

James has a versatile style that makes him comfortable in any format, whether on stage, walking the room, speaking from a lectern, or Q&A interviews. He has addressed groups and organizations of every size and kind:

Corporate Functions

  • Corporate sponsored events for valued clients and customers of Merrill Lynch, UBS, Northern Trust Bank and others

  • Employee retreats and similar internal events for employees of Bertelsman Group (Berlin), Boston Children’s Hospital, HarperCollins Publishers (New York), Book of the Month Club and others.

Professional Organizations, Trade Groups and conventions

  • Speaker and frequent panelist at major events sponsored by the American Bar Association, the United States Judicial Conference, the National Association of Bar Presidents, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and many other federal, state and local bar organizations.

  • Keynote speaker at gatherings of the Direct Marketing Association, Southeast Booksellers Association, and other trade groups

Libraries and literary societies

  • More than 250 appearances at libraries and literary societies across the country and internationally

Universities and Colleges

  • Keynote speaker at events hosted by Brandeis University, the University of Florida, the University of Indiana, Mercer University, the University of Miami, the University of Missouri, Nova Southeast University, University of Scranton and others.

Book Festivals and Book Stores

  • 21 consecutive appearances at Miami Book Fair International, the largest book fair in America. Scores of speaking engagements at major festivals worldwide, including Melbourne (Australia) Book Festival; Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle); Literary Feasts (Fort Lauderdale); Palm Beach Book Festival; Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival; Mystery Writers of America Author Symposium, and others.

  • Countless appearances at virtually every major independent bookstore in America and numerous chains

Schools (K through 12)

  • Master Teacher and Presenter for the National Young Arts Foundation; speaker at National Association of Independent Schools; honored speaker at 100th Anniversary of Antioch Community High School; dozens of appearances at schools across the country.


  • James is a frequent guest on TV and radio, such as Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC and Sirius Radio Book Talk. He has done many taped interviews for Internet viewing, including segments for the Doubleday Book Club and Kids' BookPlanet Book Club.

  • Often complimented for his "great radio voice," James has entertained millions of listeners worldwide.

  • James especially enjoys speaking to school children about his craft. He also takes aspiring young writers with him on research trips to fun places like crime labs, and one of those tours was even made into a television episode that aired on public television.  

Short bio:

The first thing you should know about bestselling author James Grippando is that he is no longer clueless—so says his wife, Tiffany, after “A James Grippando Novel” was a clue for #38 Across in the New York Times crossword puzzle. James is the internationally bestselling author of 22 novels of suspense, including eleven in the popular series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. His novels are enjoyed worldwide in 28 languages.   He is now Counsel to one of the nation's leading law firms, headed by renowned trial attorney David Boies, where James specializes in entertainment and intellectual property law. He represents a wide range of clients, from the largest motorsport sanctioning body in the world to Broadway producers who have won more than 30 Tony Awards. He lives in south Florida with his wife, three children, two cats and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea he’s a dog.

Booking contact:

If you would like James to speak at your event, send an e mail from this website using the subject line "Speaker Request - Attention D. Fisher."


More resounding endorsements for James as Speaker ...

“As a featured speaker at our first TEDxCoconutGrove, James Grippando proved to be a strong favorite of our audience of a thousand attendees. I’ve personally heard James speak dozens of times on tour, and his talks about his novels and his own “power of reinvention” have always been engaging, personal, and fascinating.”

                - Tom Bales:  Steering Committee Chair, TedX Coconut Grove

"James Grippando is an excellent speaker with a terrific sense of humor, whose insights on the intersection between law and fiction are simply superb. He kept his audience mesmerized, and left it inspired--you can't ask for more than that."

                - Charles Gardner Geyh: Professor of Law, Indiana University, Maurer School of Law