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John Grund – A Moment to Remember by Joe Hassinger

 On Christmas Eve, 2012, we lost one of the good guys.  If you were lucky enough to know John Grund, you know exactly what I mean. John was a defense attorney based in Denver. And while he practiced primarily in the Rocky Mountain region, his impact extended far beyond.  He was well-recognized as an excellent litigator  – receiving numerous awards, ratings and accolades for his legal prowess – and he was sought after as an expert witness as well.

 I had the privilege of knowing John through the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association.  Through IALDA, we worked together presenting seminars and speaking to various trade organizations. I had the opportunity to see first-hand his knowledge, tenacity and drive, and at the same time see his humility, friendliness and humor. Whether by email at 4:00 a.m., or through his annual insurance law treatise, the man exuded wit and wisdom.

 I will remember him cruising down an Orlando street on his scooter, and I will remember the wonderful dinner he, his wife and I shared at Café Giovanni in the French Quarter.  John respected the practice of law, tackled the challenges of life, and demonstrated the best qualities of a colleague and friend.