History

Griffith & Griffith’s civil litigation practice centers on trials and appeals in state and federal courts on behalf of public sector clients. Our firm’s record of service to the community, state and bar began with Ellis Griffith, who earned an L.L.M and Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1950 and a Masters In Taxation from New York University in 1951. All of the attorneys who followed in his footsteps earned their Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Building on a solid foundation of professionalism and commitment to equal justice and the rule of law, their practice focuses on representation and defense of state and local governments, city and county officials and public sector insurers in the areas of election law, civil rights, employment discrimination, public sector insurance coverage, and environmental law. Our firm has developed a comprehensive approach to the practice of state and local governmental law. We strongly advocate continued professional education and career development through bar-sanctioned seminars, institutes and publications.

Our practice is enhanced by the personal attention and depth of experience that a four-lawyer firm can provide. Our firm’s ability to serve and be responsive to the needs and best interests of our clients is enhanced by cutting-edge technology, remote computer access that enables us to “carry the firm” with us anywhere in the nation, electronic data retrieval and storage that gives our clients immediate access to crucial information, and computer-assisted legal research through WestLaw, LexisNexis and other online services that enable us to pass on significant savings in time and cost to our clients. These and other advances in the technological tools of modern law practice have helped us meet the needs of governmental clients statewide and provide a solid base of operations for a multi-state governmental practice. Members of the firm are recognized as leaders in their field. They hold such positions as Chair-elect of the 5000-member ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, International Municipal Lawyers Association’s State Chair for Mississippi, World Jurist Association’s National President for the USA, and membership in the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law by appointment by the President of the ABA. Members of the firm have also served as president of the National Association of County Civil Attorneys, president of the Mississippi Association of County Board Attorneys, president of the Bolivar County Bar Association, chair of the Mississippi Bar’s Government Law Section, and chair of IMLA’s Counties and Special Municipal Districts Department. In addition, firm members are active members in the Mississippi School Board Attorneys Association, Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi and American Bar Associations, Defense Research Institute, and hold charter membership in the Technology Committee of the Mississippi Bar. Our commitment to the legal profession on the state, national and international level is underscored by the induction of firm members as Fellow in the Mississippi Bar Foundation, IMLA Local Government Fellow, Fellow in the International Society of Barristers, and support of legal education through the Lamar Order.

Our firm is AV rated in Martindale Hubbell and listed in MH’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for 2000 to the present. Firm members are actively involved in CLE programs, lectures and seminar presentations for Defense Research Institute, International Municipal Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, state bar associations, legal clinics and institutes throughout the nation, and maintain a strong continuing education program for public sector insurer clients, the law enforcement community and local government organizations.