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Graves Garrett Grows Firm with Addition of Miriam Bailey and Joseph McGroder

Graves Garrett LLC is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys to its Kansas City office. Miriam Bailey has joined the firm as counsel in its complex commercial litigation practice group, and Joseph McGroder has joined as an associate and will support the firm’s commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and free speech, campaign finance and election law practice groups.

“We are very excited to welcome both Miriam and Joe to the firm,” said Graves Garrett Partner Todd Graves. “Both are exceptional attorneys and will greatly enhance our internal practice as well as our ability to continue effectively serving our clients.”

Miriam Bailey

Before joining Graves Garrett, Bailey was in private practice at a national law firm where she focused on commercial and professional services litigation. Her past experience also includes serving as a judicial intern to the Hon. Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Hon. Robert E. Larsen of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Bailey is admitted to practice in Kansas and Missouri state courts, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and in the United States District Courts for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas.

Bailey has been recognized as an “Up and Coming” attorney by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and as a “Rising Star” by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.

Bailey earned her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she was the managing editor of the UMKC Law Review. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology magna cum laude from William Jewell College, where Bailey was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Outside of the office, Bailey is involved in a number of philanthropic organizations including Operation Breakthrough, where she serves as an advisory board member, and Special Neighbors, Inc., where Bailey is on the board of directors and a member of the board’s governance committee.

Joseph McGroder

Prior to joining Graves Garrett, McGroder worked at a regional personal injury firm where he managed mass tort campaigns and individual claims through all phases of litigation. McGroder earned his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law where he served as an editorial board member of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. During his tenure, he authored “The Death of Campaign Finance Regulation: Anticipating McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.” McGroder was appointed by the University of Kansas School of Law faculty to serve as the official representative of the School of Law to the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.  He remains a member of the KCMBA Young Lawyer’s Section. 

McGroder earned his bachelor’s degree in history and English literature from Loyola University New Orleans where he graduated magna cum laude and was appointed to the Dean’s List every semester. Additionally, he served as the editor of Revisions literary magazine and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

Outside of the office, McGroder dedicates his time to numerous philanthropic organizations including Harvester’s – The Community Food Network, Operation Breakthrough, Catholic Charities and the National Relief Network. 

Graves Garrett, LLC, represents businesses and executives nationwide in commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense litigation, and all levels of legal compliance. The firm offers comprehensive and creative solutions to complex legal problems along with unparalleled client service and a true commitment to obtaining the best result possible.


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