Power Lawyers 2011
Grode played a starring role in two of the year's most-discussed Hollywood deals: He repped Filmyard Holdings, the investment group that includes construction mogul Ron Tutor and Colony Capital, in its acquisition of Miramax from Disney (as well as its $400 million acquisition debt financing with Barclays and Jefferies & Co.). He also repped Twilight studio Summit in its $750 million debt refinancing, which closed in March and allowed the company to retire its existing debt and disburse big payouts to investors. It was full circle for Grode, who put together the original financing for the company in 2007. "Given where the markets are right now, we realized there was an opportunity to execute a terrific refinancing," says the UCLA alum, who attends his alma mater's men's basketball games and is "trying" to be a fan of the mediocre football team.
OFF-DUTY Grode coaches his three kids' sports teams. "Pretty much every athletic endeavor out there -- I'm a football coach, basketball coach and maybe baseball."