After graduating from Dallas Jesuit, Dennis J. Grindinger attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a B.B.A. in Finance in 1979. He earned his J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law in 1982.
Following graduation, Grindinger began his law practice in Dallas at Thompson & Knight LLP, initially working in the Real Property practice area. In 1983, he moved to Washington, D.C. and worked in the Tax area at Steptoe & Johnson for 14 months. Returning to Dallas in late 1984, Dennis rejoined Thompson & Knight, working in the Tax department for the next 16 years. While at Thompson & Knight, Grindinger learned how to practice law from many talented lawyers, including Emily A. Parker ’73, a 2007 SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Grindinger was involved in a variety of different undertakings for clients, including project financing, divestitures, acquisitions, mergers, as well as tax litigation before various courts including the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Changing career paths in January 2001, Grindinger accepted the role as general counsel of Hunt Oil Company, working on a diverse number of legal issues associated with Hunt Oil’s worldwide Exploration & Production operations, including a two-year arbitration with the Government of Yemen. In 2008, he moved “across the aisle” to become executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hunt Oil Company, assuming responsibility for oversight of all of Hunt Oil Company’s financial issues, including access to capital markets, short and long-term strategic planning, as well as acquisitions and divestures. In this role, Grindinger also presents Hunt Oil’s quarterly and annual financial reports, supervises domestic and international land holdings and oversees the company’s reservoir engineering.
Outside his career at Hunt Oil, Grindinger is proud of his service as board chair for two Dallas shelters, Genesis Women’s Shelter (providing safe haven for women and children who are victims of domestic violence), and Austin Street Center (providing refuge and therapy for 400 homeless clients). In addition, Grindinger is in his second year of a three-year term as a member of the board of governors of Brook Hollow Golf Club.