Benjamin E. Griffith

Benjamin E. Griffith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Oxford, MS

Griffith Law Firm
 | 2086 Old Taylor Rd, Suite 1023
Oxford, MS 38655
Phone: 6622387727
Fax: 866-493-4220
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • State, Local & Municipal (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (40%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German
    Attorney Profile

    Ben Griffith is principal in Griffith Law Firm of Oxford, Mississippi. A trial lawyer since 1975, he enjoys a multistate federal and state civil litigation practice that focuses on representation of public and private sector clients, including state and local governments, agencies, boards and officials; general liability, professional liability, public sector liability, public official liability, and special risk insurers; private sector insureds and self-insured institutional clients. His practice includes the areas of election law, voting rights, civil rights, insurance defense, public sector insurance coverage, general and professional liability insurance coverage, premises security litigation, and environmental law. He served as a member of the ABA Board of Governors (2016-2019), and BOG Liaison to and Chair of the Standing Committee on Election Law. He also serves as IMLA's International Steering Committee Chair, and is a member of American Law Institute, the Wm. C. Keady Chapter of America Inns of Court (President 2015-2019) and the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative Council.  He received the IMLA Charles Rhyne Lifetime Achievement in Local Government Award in October 2017 and was listed in the Top 10 Mississippi Leading Attorneys by Mississippi Business Journal's 2017 Leadership in Law. He is a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation, Mississippi Bar Foundation and ABA Judical Division National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary. See firm website at www.glawms.com for background, publications & MH peer review rating.

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

    About Benjamin Griffith

    Admitted: 1975, Mississippi

    Professional Webpage: http://www.glawms.com/about/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Top 10 of 2017 Leaders in Law, Mississippi Business Journal
    • Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement Municipal Law Award, International Municipal Lawyers Assn
    • Fellow of American Bar Foundation, Fellow of Mississippi Bar Foundation, Local Government Fellow of  International Municipal Lawyers Association, Best Lawyers in America (Municipal Law) 2006-present; MidSouth Super Lawyers (Municipal) 2006-present; Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity;Editorial Board, Mississippi Law Journal, Omicron Delta Kappa

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Civil Practice Advocacy by ABA-sanctioned National Board of Trial Advocacy 1994-present; Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Law by National Board of Trial Advocacy 2012-present; licensed CE/CLE instructor in Illinois, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, New Hampshire, 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Council of the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), 2019
    • inducted into American Law Institute, 2019
    • ABA Board of Governors class of 2019, Chair of ABA Section of State & Local Government Law 2007-08, and International Committee Chair; ABA House of Delegates 2008-13; World Jurist Association National President for United States 2015-present; President of National Association of County Civil Attorneys 1992-93; Chair of Mississippi Bar Section of Government Law 1991-92; President of Mississippi Association of County Civil Attorneys 1990-91; DRI (Governmental Liability Committee 1983-present); William C. Keady Chapter of American Inns of Court (President 2015-present); Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association;IMLA International Steering Committee Chair.
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law, Election Law      , 2019

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • First Presbyterian Church Session, Oxford, MS; American Inns of Court, W.C. Keady Chapter; Ole Miss Law Alumni Board, University of Mississippi , 2019

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • 17-chapter compendium containing in-depth analysis of current legal issues and battlegrounds in volatile field of election law and voting rights, including voter suppression, voter ID, voter fraud, recounts, nuts and bolts of VRA litigation, recounts and remedies, and FEC administration by leading scholars, public officials and nationally recognized litigators in the field, 1st edition 2008, 2nd edition 2012, and 3rd edition 2016, Editor and author, America Votes! Challenges to Modern Election Law & Voting Rights, ABA Publishing & Section of State & Local Govt Law, ABA, 2008
    • There is no more important right a citizen of a democracy has than the right to vote in elections that determine who will govern the locality, the state and the nation.  It is thus fitting and illuminating that since 2008 the American Bar Association has published a series of volumes entitled American Votes, that explore issues of concern and problems that threaten the security and fairness of the American electoral system. It was just three years ago, in 2016, that the American Bar Association published the third edition of America Votes:  Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights.  That volume, also edited by attorney Benjamin E. Griffith, who among many other distinctions served as co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law’s Task Force on International Election Law, was divided into three sections and seventeen chapters.  They delved into election administration and technology; challenges to voting rights; and concerns about redistricting.  It is indicative of the current high level of concern about the security and fairness of the electoral system in the United States that this all-new fourth edition, America Votes: Challenges to Modern Voting Rights & Election Law, addresses both new and recurring issues about elections in America.  This expanded edition contains four sections and twenty-one chapters.  They address voter qualifications and participation; the voting process itself including the use of early voting; cyber threats to election security; the impact of claims of voter fraud and vote-stealing on confidence in the electoral system; voting rights litigation and the ongoing impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder [1] which gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965; and continuing concerns about partisan gerrymandering of election districts.    Today, concerns about the security of our electoral system have been given greater weight in light of the revelations in the Mueller Report about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[2]  In 2018, the American Bar Association’s Paris Sessions hosted a panel discussion entitled Cybersecurity Best Practices in Elections, that Ben Griffith organized which included two of the authors who are represented in this edition:  Nancy Thompson and Jack Young.  The panel concluded that more resources must be invested and a greater commitment made by local, state and national governments to insure the security of our elections.  Nothing has been done since them to change that conclusion.  In fact, the twenty-one articles in this edition of America Votes make for very sober reading. There is much that needs to be done across a whole host of issues to restore confidence in the fairness, equity and security of the voting process in communities across America.  This volume describes in detail what these issues are.  Whether we as a people and a nation have the confidence and the will to reach a consensus on how to address these issues, and then to address them, remains to be seen.  In fact, how partisan gerrymandering should be addressed has become more complicated in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rucho v. Common Cause,[3] that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions that are beyond the reach of the federal courts.    This fourth edition of America Votes is a necessary and outstanding source of information and insight, presented by a brilliant group of experts in their fields.  It will be of value not just to lawyers, but also to all who are concerned about the security and fairness of our electoral process and want to know what can be done to address these problems and improve our system.                                      [1] 570 U.S. 529 (2013).[2] Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Electionby Robert S. Mueller III, Two volumes, 448 pp., 2019) available at www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf, Co-Editor, America Votes! Challenges to Modern Election Law & Voting Rights, American Bar Association , Academia And "politics", Legal Profession, The Federal And State Judiciary, 2019
    • 17 chapter compendium of current topics and issues relating to election law and voting rights, Editor and Chapter Author , America Votes! Modern Election Law and Voting Rights (2d ed.), 2012
    • Editor and Chapter Author , America Votes! Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights (3d ed.), 2016

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    Videos:

    • Chair's Message of ABA Section of State & Local Govt Law Section of ABA 2007-2008, Chair's Message , 2008

    Newsletters:

    • State & Local Law New, Summer 2008 vol 31, No. 4, provides information concerning current developments in the law of interest to state and local government lawyers, news about activities of the Section, and other information of professional interest to Section members., State & Local Law News
    • Post-Rucho analysis of most recent proceedings in Common Cause v. Lewis involving justiciability of partisan gerrymandering claim under relevant provisions of North Carolina Constitution; co-authored with Bre Grant. , Common Cause v. Lewis: Partisan Gerrymandering Claim Held Justiciable Controversy Under N.C. Constitution, State & Local Law News, ABA Section Of State & Local Government Law

    Educational Background:

    • Juris Doctor earned from University of Mississippi School of Law, 1975

    Industry Groups

    • ABA State & Local Government Law Section
    • DRI Governmental Liability Committee
    • IMLA International Committee
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    Office Location for Benjamin E. Griffith

    2086 Old Taylor Rd
    Suite 1023
    Oxford, MS 38655

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