James M. Griffin

Top rated Civil Litigation attorney in Columbia, South Carolina

Griffin | Davis
James M. Griffin
Griffin | Davis

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, White Collar Crimes view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 1987

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019, 2021 - 2023

Griffin | Davis

4408 Forest Dr., Ste 300
PO Box 999
Columbia, SC 29202 Visit website


Attorney James M. Griffin is a partner with Griffin & Davis, LLC, law firm in Columbia, South Carolina. A nationally ranked trial attorney with more than 32 years of legal experience, Mr. Griffin provides exceptional representation and support to clients all across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Administrative licensing

·       Business and investment disputes

·       Federal criminal defense

·       Health care litigation

·       Product liability

·       Unfair trade practices

·       Class actions

·       Appeals

Through his civil practice, Mr. Griffin has assisted numerous business owners with protecting their rights and interests in the face of complex disputes that threaten to undermine their companies. In addition, he has also secured millions of dollars in total compensation for individuals and families who have suffered injury or loss as a result of someone else's negligence while obtaining full and fair restitution for those victimized by securities and consumer fraud as well as toxic exposure and defective or dangerous products.

Equally effective in his criminal defense practice, Mr. Griffin has successfully represented those who stand accused or are under investigation for serious federal crimes, such as health care fraud, mail and wire fraud, criminal tax charges, public corruption and more. Moreover, he has advocated on behalf of numerous physicians, nurses and other licensed professionals in administrative hearings.

A 1984 cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Mr. Griffin attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the school's law review and Student Honor Council. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1987 and graduated Order of the Coif and Order of Wig and Robe, and he holds admission to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A leader in his field, Mr. Griffin has been featured in a number of state and national print, television and news outlets, and he has conducted lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He is also a member of the American and South Carolina Associations for Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defenses Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates, among his other professional affiliations.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding service, Mr. Griffin has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as other consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Civil Litigation: Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Health Care
  • 30% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 30% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 30% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10% Health Care

First Admitted: 1987, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://www.griffindavislaw.com/james-griffin

  • Martin v. Condon, 324 S.C. 183, 478 S.E.2d 272, 276 (1996) 
  • Martin v. Stewart, 499 F.3d 360, 364 (4th Cir. 2007)
  • Jinks v. Richland County, 538 U.S. 456, on remand, 355 S.C. 341 (2003)
  • Brown v. Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., 2009 WL 4809426 (D.S.C. Dec. 9, 2009)
  • Brandt v. Gooding, 636 F.3d 124, 4th Cir.( 2011)
  • State v. Brandt, S.C., 713 S.E.2d 591 (2011)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Selecting and Using Expert Witnesses in Federal Court,” BRI, 2003
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Law Review
  • “Securities Fraud Prosecutions,” White Collar Crimes Symposium, SC Bar CLE 1995
  • “Civil Litigation-Defense,” S.C. Bar “Bridge the Gap,” 2002
  • “Sentencing Strategies in Federal Court,” S.C. Association For Justice, Annual Meeting, 2009
  • “Effective Use of Polygraphs,” S.C. Bar Criminal Hot Tips, 2003
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Association For Justice
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, inducted January 2016
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 2009
  • South Carolina, since 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1987
Educational Background:
  • Wake Forest University, Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts in economics, 1984
  • AV Preeminent excellence by Martindale Hubbell
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Order of Coif, Order of Wig and Robe, Student Honor Council
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2017

Office location for James M. Griffin

4408 Forest Dr., Ste 300
PO Box 999
Columbia, SC 29202

Phone: 803-744-0800


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019, 2021 - 2023

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