Denise Grayson

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  • Entertainment; Legal & Finance

  • New York, NY

  • Los Angeles, CA

Denise Grayson, who portrays an intellectual property attorney in “The Social Network,” is a perfect example of art imitating life. She is an actress who IS an intellectual property lawyer. “I left a successful legal career to fulfill my dream of acting,” she says. “I’ve come full circle—a lawyer, to an actress, to an actress playing a lawyer in a major film.” In her first feature, 1999’s “Puppet,” Denise played an FBI agent. Next came a short, “Gasline,” which won the jury prize at Sundance. The writer/director, Dave Silver cast her in his feature “Corn.” She followed with three movies for Hallmark: “Though None Go With Me”, “Pandemic” and “Citizen Jane”. Today Denise divides her time between homes in NY and LA. She is licensed to practice law in NY and Florida. Although Denise is immersed in acting, she donates her time doing pro bono mediation and coaching stand-up comedians. Denise was something of a prodigy, entering college in her hometown of Brooklyn at the age of 16, majoring in accounting and economics. At twenty she was studying at the University of Miami School of Law. In her last year, she successfully tried six supervised felony cases. Moving back to NY to be near her parents, she worked in the early days of the technology boom and beginning of the Internet. Denise was in-house counsel for Paine Webber and Bankers Trust but struck out on her own, representing most of the major banks, including Merrill Lynch, Chase and Prudential. She became involved in acting and got work as a model and a commercial actress. She quickly found herself in a number of off-off-Broadway plays and low budget movies. Today, she is able to enjoy the fruits of her labors, with her career now moving to a higher level.