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Alphonzo Grant

Alphonzo Grant

Morgan Stanley
Executive Director
New York, NY, USA


Alphonzo Grant, Jr. is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and currently serves as the Head of the Global Litigation Group’s Special Investigation Unit for Institutional Securities and Investment Management.  Mr. Grant oversees and conducts internal investigations across the company’s several business units and represents the company in various regulatory and criminal matters.

Since 2012, Mr. Grant has served as an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he teaches trial advocacy.

From May 2011 to October 2014, Mr. Grant served as a Commissioner on the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (“CCRB”) following his appointment by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  The CCRB investigates, makes findings and recommends disciplinary action regarding civilian complaints of excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of authority, discourtesy and offensive language by NYPD officers.

From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Grant was a Litigation Special Counsel and the Director of Diversity Initiatives at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  As a litigation special counsel, he was a member of the firm’s Criminal Defense and Investigation Group and represented clients in criminal, regulatory and civil matters involving securities fraud, money laundering, OFAC sanctions, insider trading, tax fraud, employment and antitrust.

As Director of Diversity, Mr. Grant was responsible for counseling and guiding S&C’s leadership regarding the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts.  Mr. Grant was also responsible for the firm’s Diversity Management Department, which was charged with developing, implementing, monitoring and assessing the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, programs and policies.

Prior to rejoining S&C, Mr. Grant served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal offenses involving money laundering, tax fraud, bank fraud, government fraud and corruption, terrorism, racketeering, violent gangs, weapons, narcotics and immigration. 

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Grant served from 1998 to 1999 as a law clerk to the Hon. Edward R. Korman, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York and was an associate at S&C from 1999 to 2002.

Mr. Grant has successfully conducted several jury trials and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and New York State Courts.

Mr. Grant graduated from Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1998) and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.A., 1993, M.P.S. 1994).  He is a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and a frequent presenter on trial practice, internal investigations and diversity and inclusion.

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