Benjamin E. Griffith

Benjamin E. Griffith

Attorney Profile

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

Griffith Law Firm
 | 2086 Old Taylor Road, Suite 1023, PO Box 2248
Oxford, MS 38655
Phone: 6622387727
Fax: 866-493-4220
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
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 serves as a member of the ABA Board of Governors, Chair of the State & Local Government Law Section's International Committee, and BOG Liaison to the Standing Committee on Election Law. He also serves as IMLA's International Steering Committee Chair and state chair. See firm website at www.glawms.com for background, areas of practice, 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 and 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, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law, Election Law; Municipal Law Practice Skills, 2018
  • 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.

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 , 2018

Scholarly Lectures and 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

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Off campus cyberspeech with on-campus disruptive effect: Taylor Bell v.Itawamba County Board of Education, 859 F. Supp. 2d 834 (N. D. Miss. March 15, 2012);oral argument before Barksdale, J., Graves, J. and Dennis, J., held Dec. 3, 2012; aff’d inpart, rev’d in part and remanded by divided panel, 774 F. 3d 280 (5th Cir. December 12,2014), petition for rehearing en banc granted, 5 Cir., 2014, 774 F.3d 280); en bancargument May 12, 2015; affirmed, Majority Opinion by Barksdale, J., 799 F.3d 379 (5thCir. August 20, 2015), petition for certiorari denied, No. 15-666 (Feb. 2016). County Redistricting: One Person, One Vote; Mootness: Attala County, Mississippi Branch ofthe NAACP et al v. Attala County, Mississippi Board of Supervisors et al , 1:11-cv-00060-MPM-JMV (N.D. Miss. July 16, 2014)(Mills, J.)Dismissal of One Person, One Vote Claims and Claims for Post-Election Relief on Groundsof Mootness; Inapplicability of “Capable of Repetition, Yet Evading Review” Exception toMootness Doctrine; Failure to Show Egregious Violation of Voting Rights Act.County Redistricting: One person, One Vote; Elections under existing district lines: NAACP etal. v. Simpson County Board of Supervisors, et al., Civil Action No. 3:11CV123 DPJ-FKB,NAACP et al. v. Warren County Board of Supervisors, et al., Civil Action No. 5:11CV28DCB-JMR, NAACP et al. v. Wayne County Board of Supervisors, et al., Civil Action No.4:11CV33 HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss. May 16, 2011), motion to alter denied (S.D. Miss. June 13,2011) (Guirola, C. J.); on remand, dismissed on grounds of mootness (S.D. Miss. August 19,2013), affirmed (5th Cir. 2014).      

Other Outstanding Achievements:

Video:

  • 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

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
Office Location for Benjamin E. Griffith

2086 Old Taylor Road, Suite 1023
PO Box 2248
Oxford, MS 38655

 

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Last Updated: 6/15/2018

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