Keynote, Speaker, Panelist, Moderator, Guest Preacher: Jeff Grant is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association

Jeff Grant Speaker Profile

Avoiding, Surviving and Succeeding After a Personal, Business or Legal Crisis


  • Pleasing Everybody Pleases Nobody

  • Avoiding, Surviving and Succeeding After a Personal, Business or Legal Crisis

  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Prison

  • Finding Purpose and Happiness after Personal Tragedy

  • Criminal Justice Reform/ White Collar Justice Issues

  • Successful Alcohol and Substance Recovery (Jeff is clean & sober 19+ years)

  • Jeff’s Own Riches-to-Rags-to-Redemption Story and Cautionary Tale

PHONE: 203-405-6249


LOCATIONS: New York City, Greenwich, CT & Nationwide

PHONE: (212) 859-3512


WEBSITE: Progressive Prison Ministries Website:




After an addiction to prescription opioids and serving almost fourteen months in a Federal prison (2006 – 07) for a white-collar crime (fraudulent application for SBA disaster loan) he committed in 2001 when he was lawyer, Jeff started his own reentry – earning a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, majoring in Social Ethics. After graduating from divinity school, Jeff was called to serve at an inner city church in Bridgeport, CT as Associate Minister and Director of Prison Ministries. He then co-founded Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. (Greenwich, CT), the world’s first ministry serving the white collar justice community.

On May 5, 2021, Jeff’s law license was reinstated by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Now again in private practice, Jeff is an attorney and counselor-at-law providing private general counsel, legal crisis management, and dispute strategy and management services to individuals and families, real estate organizations, family-owned and closely-held businesses, the white collar justice community, and special situation and pro bono clients. He is a nationally recognized expert in SBA, PPP, EIDL loan fraud.

For over 20 years Jeff served as managing attorney of a 20+ employee law firm headquartered in New York City, and then Westchester County, NY. Among other practice areas, the firm engaged in representation of family-owned/closely held businesses and their owners, business and real estate transactions, trusts and estates, and litigation. Jeff also served as outside General Counsel to large family-owned real estate equities, management and brokerage organizations, in which role he retained, coordinated and oversaw the work of many specialty law firms, including white collar defense firms.


  • Twice Selected as a Nantucket Project Scholar
  • JustLeadershipUSA Fifteen Inaugural National Leaders in Criminal Justice
  • Keepers of the Commons Fellow
  • Keepers of the Commons Senior Fellow
  • Elizabeth Bush Award for Volunteerism
  • Three Time Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Advocate of the Year Award
  • Four Time Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Professional of the Year
  • Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence Award
  • Connecticut NAACP Award
  • Selected as a Collegeville Institute Writing Fellow


  • Professional Speaker 20+ years
  • Practicing Attorney 20 years
  • Minister/Prison Minister 10 years
  • Reentry & Recovery Professional – Clean & Sober 17+ years


  • Juris Doctorate, New York Law School
  • Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary


  • American Bar Association 

  • New York State Bar Association 

  • New York City Bar Association 

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Counsel

  • National Speakers Association, Professional Member

  • NSA – Connecticut

  • New York Law School Alumni Association

  • Union Theological Seminary Alumni Association

  • Correctional Chaplains & Ministries Association

Selected Articles:

  • Business Insider, How a Lawyer Who Went to Prison for 9/11-related Fraud got his Law License Back and Became an Ordained Minister Along the Way, Subject of Article, 2021,

  • Reuters: Jeff Grant ‘Let Go of the Outcome’: How this Felon Beat Addiction and Won Back his Law License, by Jenna Greene, May 2021:

  • Entrepreneur’s #4 Most Viewed Article of 2020: I Went to Prison for S.B.A. Loan Fraud: 7 Things to Know When Taking COVID-19 Relief Money: by Jeff Grant, April 2020:

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer: Steal Money from the Feds? First, Meet Jeff Grant, an Ex-Con who Committed Loan Fraud, by Erin Arvedlund, Oct. 2020:

  • Greenwich Magazine: The Redemption of Jeff Grant, by Tim Dumas, March 2018:

  • Forbes: As Law Enforcement Pursues SBA/PPP Loan Fraud, A Story Of Redemption, by Kelly Phillips Erb, July 2020:

Recent Podcasts/Radio:

  • The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber, Podcast, May 2021:

  • Business Talk with Jim Campbell, WGCH 1490 AM Greenwich CT, June 2021:

  • Greater Good Radio with Bob Kosch, WOR 710 AM NYC, May 2021:

Selected Video:

  • The Rich Roll Podcast: The Awakening of Jeff Grant: From Addiction & Incarceration To Prison Ministry, 2019:

  • Founders Focus Podcast with Scott Case, 2021, Interview,

  • Clara CFO YouTube Channel, 2021, Interview,

Online White Collar Support Group:

  • White Collar Support Group, Meets Mondays 7 pm ET, 4 pm PT: We held our 250th online support group meeting in March 2021. We have had over 320 participants, and average about 25 attendees at each meeting:

Sample Episodes of White Collar Week Podcast (video & audio):

  • White Collar Week Podcast, Ep. 01: An Evening with Our White Collar Support Group. 16 of our support group members tell their personal stories:

  • White Collar Week Podcast, Ep. 06: Madoff Talks, with guest Jim Campbell, author of the book coming out April 2021, “Madoff Talks, Uncovering the Untold Story Behind the Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme in History.”:

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