There’s nothing typical about board certified marital and family law attorney Grant Gisondo. Words like unique or exceptional might sound superfluous, but even the way he discovered his life’s passion is a rather unusual story.
Like many new college graduates Gisondo was not fully drawn to any particular occupation. However, never one to be idle he filled his days working for various law firms in a variety of capacities including runner and paralegal.
Some might call it destiny, but Gisondo considers it a pivotal moment in his life the day he walked into the middle of a family law trial. Compelled by the passionate emotions and almost overly dramatic impact every aspect had on the clients on each side of the aisle he was immediately drawn in. Here was real life, everyday drama that impacted the lives of regular people.
According to Gisondo he was hooked. “It was at that trial that I knew this is what I wanted to do.”
Working for various family law firms provided Gisondo a front row seat to observe the inner workings and have extensive contact with clients in this highly specialized area of the law.
“I spoke with the clients a lot,” he says, “and I saw their all too frequent frustrations. I felt compassion for them as they struggled and thought to myself, ‘I could do this better. I could make these clients happier.’ In my mind, I was deducting anything negative I observed but absorbed all the good things and that became my goal.”
My parents were very hardworking, career-oriented while at the same time very present and loving. I had a great childhood. Both my parents worked full-time their whole lives.