James Grippando
AUTHOR

James Grippando

James is the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction and the New York Times bestselling author of 26 novels of suspense, including the popular series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. His latest, "A Death in Live Oak," is the 14th in the Swyteck series, and No. 15, "The Girl in the Glass Box," will be published in February 2019. His novels are enjoyed worldwide in 28 languages.

When James walked away from a partnership at Miami's most prestigious law firm to become a writer, most people said he was clueless. "Not so," says James, pointing out that "A James Grippando Novel" was a clue for #38 Across in the New York Times crossword puzzle.

James's first job out of law school plunged him headlong into death penalty cases. That experience was an inspiration for his 1994 debut novel, The Pardon, a legal thriller that critics heralded as a "bona fide blockbuster." Beyond Suspicion (2002) was the long-awaited sequel to that first novel, and it launched an exciting series that features Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck and his irreverent sidekick, Theo Knight. James's writings also include "Leapholes" for young adults and numerous short stories.

As a trial lawyer, James was an avid writer. His numerous scholarly articles appeared in some of nation's top law reviews, and they are frequently cited with approval by the courts. His trial practice ranged from complex corporate litigation to class actions on behalf of chicken farmers. As a frequent volunteer in Florida's guardian ad litem program, he helped provide legal representation to neglected children in family court proceedings. He was a faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Nova Southeast University. He was named by Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida's emerging leaders, and in 2006 he received the Distinguished Author Award from Scranton University. His alma mater is the University of Florida, where he graduated second in his undergraduate class and earned his law degree with honors.

He is Counsel at David Boies' law firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, LLP, where he specializes in entertainment and intellectual property law, representing clients who have won more than 30 Tony Awards. He is also an adjunct professor of Law & Literature at the University of Miami School of Law.

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. Visit his website at www.jamesgrippando.com

Read more Read less

Best Sellers

    • A Death in Live Oak

    • A Jack Swyteck Novel
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    From the 2017 winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction comes a powerful and timely story of race, politics, injustice, and murder as shocking and incendiary as today's headlines....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Courtroom Drama

    • By Charles Atkinson on 02-22-18

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Pardon

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 79

    In The Pardon, Grippando delivers a scorching tale of vengeance that stains the sultry streets of southern Florida....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First legal thrillerl in the Jack Swytek series

    • By Wayne on 03-03-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Money to Burn

    • A Novel of Suspense
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    At 31, Michael Cantella is a rising star at Wall Street’s premier investment bank, Saxton Silvers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Home run James!

    • By Janise on 02-08-15

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Informant

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 235

    FBI special agent Victoria Santos is tracking a string of gruesome murders from New York to San Francisco, Miami to Oregon....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WOW!!! This is a Really Suspenseful book!!!

    • By shelley on 07-13-16

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Black Horizon

    • Jack Swyteck, Book 11
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    Miami attorney Jack Swyteck finds himself in the middle of an international legal battle over a Cuban oil spill that sets him on a deadly mission.....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent legal thriller; almost 5 stars

    • By Wayne on 12-03-16

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Last Call

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    Many years ago, Jack Swyteck saved Theo Knight's life. Theo grew up on the streets of Miami's roughest neighborhood and lost his mother to a violent crime....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book

    • By Suzy on 02-14-08

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Got the Look

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    FBI agent Andie Henning is tracking a ruthless kidnapper plaguing South Florida, one who's out to prove that all human life can be valued in dollars and cents....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So So Entertainment

    • By Carl on 01-31-06

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Gone Again

    • A Jack Swyteck Novel, Book 12
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 236

    Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager's disappearance, ex-con Dylan Kyle was stopped for drunk driving....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent legal thriller with great narration

    • By Wayne on 11-21-17

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Lying with Strangers

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Peyton Shields had always wanted to be a doctor. But a late-night drive home in a heavy snowstorm changes everything....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lying with strangers

    • By Carolyn on 07-02-07

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Most Dangerous Place

    • A Jack Swyteck Novel
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258

    Defending a woman accused of murdering the man who sexually assaulted her, Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck must uncover where the truth lies....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Grippando puts the suspense in the courtroom.

    • By Charles Atkinson on 02-24-18

    Regular price: $28.51

Are you an author?

Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.