Joseph W. Grier, Jr.
1915 – 2010
Joseph W. Grier, Jr., a founding member of the firm and a leading Charlotte attorney whose career spanned nearly 70 years, died on December 23, 2010, at the age of 95. Mr. Grier brought to his practice of law an astounding breadth of knowledge, a keen sense of judgment, and a remarkable ability to connect on a personal level with his clients. The utmost professionalism he exhibited continues to inspire those who practice law in Charlotte.
A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Harvard Law School, Mr. Grier clerked for the Honorable John J. Parker of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals before serving his country in World War II. Following his military service, Mr. Grier began practicing law in Charlotte where, for almost 40 years, he was a senior partner with Grier, Parker, Poe, Thompson, Bernstein, Gage & Preston, LLP. Upon retiring from that firm in 1983, he formed Grier & Grier, PA, now Grier Furr & Crisp, PA, where he practiced for more than 20 years.
Throughout his life, Mr. Grier was a vital force in the Charlotte community. He served as Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Commission in the 1960s and played a pivotal role in ensuring that all citizens had equal access to area recreational facilities. Active in the First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte and the Presbyterian Church (USA), Mr. Grier also served as a Trustee of the Metropolitan Board of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Queens University.