James Grippando of Boies Schiller Flexner in Fort Lauderdale is a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
James Grippando of Boies Schiller Flexner in Fort Lauderdale is a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. ()

A best-selling suspense author and Boies Schiller Flexner attorney in Fort Lauderdale is this year’s winner of an award named for the late Alabama novelist Harper Lee.

The University of Alabama law school and the American Bar Association Journal announced James Grippando will receive the 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his book “Gone Again.”

The prize recognizes fictional books that best depict the role of attorneys in bringing about change in society.

Grippando is counsel at his firm and author who writes about the fictional attorney Jack Swyteck, who is dedicated to bringing about social justice. HarperCollins has published 25 of Grippando’s novels.

He said winning the Harper Lee Prize is the proudest moment of his dual career.

The award started seven years ago to mark the 50th anniversary of Lee’s landmark novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”