Phil Grant received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute. He received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. During his eight years as a prosecutor in Harris County, Texas he specialized in child sexual abuse and public integrity cases. He moved to Williamson County where he served as a chief felony prosecutor in the 26th and 368th District Courts while handling civil litigation matters including asset forfeitures for the local District Attorney’s office. He was named Child Abuse Prosecutor of the Year in 2007 by the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center and Child Protective Team.
He is currently a Board Member of Children’s Safe Harbor (the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Center), a member of the county Child Fatality Review Team, and was appointed to the Guardianship Certification Board for the State of Texas by the Texas Supreme Court. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
As First Assistant, Phil Grant is responsible for the day to day management of the office including the preparation and presentation of the annual budget. He directly supervises the Public Integrity attorneys and support staff. He is a member of the Major Crimes and Police Integrity Response Team.
Melisa Appleton is the Administrator for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Mrs. Appleton has 13 years experience as an Administrative Assistant/Extradition Coordinator in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, as well as 10 years experience as a Court Coordinator for the 337th Criminal District Court of Harris County, Texas. Mrs. Appleton has a paralegal certificate from Southwestern Paralegal Institute.
Mrs. Appleton’s duties include serving as the chief administrator for the office, human resource management, and supervising the day to day operations of the entire office. She assists the First Assistant in the preparation of the annual budget.