WASHINGTON — October 31, 2014 — The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession will honor our partner Robert Grey with its Spirit of Excellence Award early next year. The annual award is presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state, or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. The award will be presented during a ceremony on February 7, 2015, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston.

Grey, whose practice focuses on regulatory, administrative and government-relations matters before state and local governments and their agencies, joined Hunton & Williams in 2002. Prior to his arrival at the firm, Grey served as chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates and was the first African American to be an officer of the association. Grey was elected President of the ABA in 2004. In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Grey to the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors, the nation's largest provider of civil legal assistance to the poor. Four years ago, Grey was asked to help set direction for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). As Executive Director of the LCLD, he works with general counsel from major companies and managing partners from leading law firms to help advance the nonprofit organization’s mission of increasing diversity within the legal profession.

Grey received his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from Washington & Lee University.