About Paul Grant, Libertarian Criminal Defense, First Amendment Lawyer

Paul Grant has been fighting for liberty for more than 30 years, the last 20+ years as a First Amendment and criminal defense lawyer. Paul brings to his work a unique combination of education, experience, libertarian values, and accomplishment.

Paul Grant has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University; an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.  In addition, Paul was trained as a Hungarian linguist and as an interrogator, in the U.S. Army.  He has worked as a Hungarian translator in the Army, and as a German-English translator for a technical journal. Paul worked as a Chemical Engineer for more than a decade, in international equipment design and sales.

Paul Grant spent a number of years as a libertarian activist, speaking on behalf of pro-liberty views in several campaigns for public office.  He is a former national chairman of the Libertarian Party (1983 - 1985) and he co-founded Coloradans for Free Enterprise (CFE), a group devoted to education and to expanding free market opportunities in Colorado.  As part of that activity, CFE sought to free Colorado's transportation industry from regulation protecting the monopolies of existing companies.  CFE sought to place on the ballot a citizen initiative to deregulate transportation, and Colorado, egged on by a monopoly trucker and a transportation monopoly-protecting law professor, responded by threatening to prosecute Paul for violating Colorado election laws which made it a felony to pay someone to speak out and ask people to sign a petition.  Paul recognized that such a law violated the First Amendment right to engage in political speech, he brought suit in federal court, and in 1988 the Supreme Court agreed with Paul, by a 9-0 vote, in the case of Meyer v. Grant, 486 U.S. 414, striking down the Colorado law.

Paul Grant subsequently went to law school, and he has been battling for the rights of his clients in the courts since 1995.  In the past few years, Paul has significantly reduced the number of new cases he is taking, in part as his way of protesting against the injustice he sees in the state and federal criminal legal systems.  Although Paul is taking fewer cases now, he is still looking for a few worthwhile cases where he can fight to protect the rights and liberties of his clients.  He no longer takes court-appointed cases.  He is willing to travel wherever he is needed.