Efrem M. Grail

Efrem Grail is a former prosecuter and big firm partner who defends entities and individuals in "white collar" criminal matters and regulatory proceedings, and represents clients in key litigation matters. Efrem also conducts internal investigations, litigates complex business disputes in federal and state court, and advises on compliance and regulatory matters.

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Employment History

The Grail Law Firm

Pittsburgh, PA
2014 - Present

Reed Smith LLP

Pittsburgh, PA
1997 – 2014

  • Litigation Partner, Internal Investigations and Government Enforcement Defense Practice
  • Past Member, Pro Bono Committee and Pittsburgh Pro Bono Coordinator

Bird, Marella, Boxer & Wolpert

Los Angeles, CA
1995 – 1997    

Practiced white collar criminal defense and defended civil and administrative parallel proceedings

Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
1989 – 1995  

  • Assigned to Special Investigations Division (1991-1995)
  • Tried more than 60 jury trials; prosecuted government official and police officer misconduct, public corruption, government contracting fraud and election campaign law violations.

Farella Braun & Martel

San Francisco, CA
1986 – 1989  

  • Litigation Associate


Efrem has represented clients in confidential matters before federal grand juries and in court rooms across the country. 

  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Western District of New York
  • District of New Jersey
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of West Virginia
  • Southern District of West Virginia
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • District of Maine
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • District of Nebraska
  • District of New Hampshire
  • District of Oregon
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • District of Utah
  • District of Vermont

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, California

Activities & Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association – Member; Member and past Co-Chair, Criminal Practice Subcommittee; Federal Court Section Member; former Member, Federal Court Section Council

  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation – Trustee (2014-present); Fellow (2008-present)

  • American Bar Association – Member; White Collar Crime Committee and Chair, Task Force on Selective Waiver and Proposed Federal Rule of Evidence 502(c) (2006)

  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association of Western Pennsylvania – President (2010-2012), Director (2008-2015)

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Member

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Study of Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System – Member, Death Penalty Working Group (2001-2003)

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – Special ADR Master under Appointment by the Federal District Court (2001-present)

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – Member, Advisory Committee for the Study of Rules of Practice in the Western District of Pennsylvania (2003-2013)

  • University of La Verne Law School – Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Constitutional Law/The First Amendment, Trial Advocacy (1994-1997)


Efrem has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, Criminal Defense/White Collar Law.  He was also selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense, as well as Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition and Super Lawyers Business Edition. 


Juris Doctor, 1986

B.A., American Studies & Political Science, 1981