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William Grove '38
William Grove ’38

William Grove ’38

An attorney who argued and won multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court

(1914 - 1988)

Bill was born in Red Hill, PA in 1914 and graduated from Pennsburg High School in 1932. Because of the financial burdens of the Depression, it took him six (6) years to graduate. From 1938 to 1941, he attended Temple Law School, graduating second in this class.

During the early years in practice, he lived on Main Street in Trappe. During the 1940’s he spent time he as the law clerk to then Chief Justice William Patterson of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

He moved to Camp Hill, PA, and argued cases for the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission. While with the PUC, he argued and won a case before the United States Supreme Court.

In 1953, he accepted a position with the Federal Power Commission and moved to Washington, DC. During his tenure with the Commission, he argued and won two more cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Leaving Government service, he founded his own firm in the District which emphasized the energy sector. The firm grew to become the firm of Grove, Jaskiewicz, Gilliam & Colbert. The firm grew to fifty (50) attorneys and occupied a floor in the Madison Building in the District.

He retired in 1986 and moved to Boyertown, PA, to be near his daughter, Irene Grove Fryer.

The firm is active at this writing and still bears the name “Grove, Jaskiewicz. & Colbert”.