• Counsel for Legal Policy, Office of the Attorney General of Georgia
  • Wake Forest University, political science and English, 2000
  • Stanford Law School, 2007

About two weeks into her job at the Office of Cabinet Affairs, Britt Grant found herself huddled on the bottom floor of the White House Mess, holding hands with fellow staffers and listening to reports of a plane that had crashed into the Pentagon just across the river.

The next day—Sept. 12, 2001—Grant was back at work in the West Wing.

The 9/11 terrorist attacks, while harrowing and tragic, focused her on a mission to make government, at any level, “as effective as it can be and as protective of liberty as it can be,” Grant says.

Her career started in Washington in 2000. She worked as communications director for then-Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., before working in the White House, drafting briefs and policy memos for President George W. Bush.

“I was always into politics, but I always suspected I’d be a lawyer, too,” Grant says.

In 2007, she earned her law degree from Stanford Law School. During law school, Grant kept one foot in politics. In her senior year, she was president of her school’s chapter of the Federalist Society. She also researched legal issues for the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as part of her externship with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy in 2006.

She clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the D.C. Circuit before joining international commercial law firm Kirkland & Ellis as an associate in 2008. There, she worked alongside several partners, including Craig Primis on a massive price-fixing class action against the Hershey Co. and two other confectionery companies in Pennsylvania federal court.

“Because she’s so bright and had a varied skill set, she was able to handle many different types of tasks normally assigned to somebody above her seniority level,” Primis says. “She was instrumental in defending the CEO [of Hershey] in his deposition and also played a key role in briefing some of the more complex and challenging legal issues in the case,” which the defense won on summary judgment.

In 2012, Grant made the jump from the partner track into the public sector so she could come home to Atlanta. Attorney General Sam Olens hired Grant to replace Nels Peterson, a former On the Rise award winner who was promoted to solicitor general of the office.

During the legislative session, Grant is the office’s chief liaison to the General Assembly. Last year, she shepherded the passage of House Bill 178 that instituted regulations and licensing of pain management clinics. Olens praised her as agile and pragmatic.

“In particular, Britt was instrumental in settling lawsuits that would have stood in the way of the deepening of the Savannah port,” Olens says. “She also negotiated with the federal government to ensure that Georgia is able to recoup tens of millions of dollars from the perpetrators of Medicaid fraud.”

Olens adds that he was able to capitalize on Grant’s expertise in civil litigation in establishing the Law Department’s new Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Grant “is actively involved in the unit’s federal whistle­blower lawsuit against several hospital corporations alleging a massive kickback scheme,” he says.

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