In Memory of Harry J. Grim


Moore & Van Allen would like to express sympathy and gratitude to the family of Harry J. Grim, as well as to honor and remember Mr. Grim, who passed away on December 22, 2011.

Mr. Grim joined Moore & Van Allen in 1961, and served as the firm’s first Chairman of its Management Committee from inception until 1987.  With his talent for building consensus, the firm grew rapidly and expanded through mergers to other cities.  The partners of Moore & Van Allen attribute much of the firm’s long-term success to decisions made under Harry’s leadership.

In 1988, with the Firm’s support, Harry gave up his partnership and joined what is now Bank of America to become General Counsel and Group Executive Vice-President of NationsBank-Texas. After his retirement from the Bank in 1994, he and Gail returned to Charlotte where Harry rejoined Moore & Van Allen in an of counsel role.  Harry’s good-natured personality and his expertise made him a natural mentor for many young lawyers in the firm who remember him with respect and affection.

Harry used his legal expertise in varied civic activities, particularly as Chairman of the Board of Councilors of the University of Dallas, as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Southern Methodist University School of Law, as lawyer for and board member of the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Inc., and as legal advisor to Sacred Heart College.  He was an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and participated with Gail in numerous pilgrimages to Lourdes as a member of the Order of Malta. 


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