Charles E. Griffin

Charles E. Griffin: Attorney with Butler Snow LLP
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Biography

Charles is experienced in commercial litigation and insurance defense. He is a fellow of the American Bar Association and the Litigation Counsel of America. He is also an Elected Member of the American Law Institute.

Distinctions

Lifetime Achievement Selection, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2016
Martindale-Hubbell
•AV- Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 2009-2017
Super Lawyers
•Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2006, 2009-2016
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2006-2016
Best Lawyers in America
•Commercial Litigation, 2013-2017
•Litigation - Insurance, 2015-2017
Elected Member, American Law Institute
Fellow, American Bar Association
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Special Assistant Attorney General, 1988-1989
Municipal Prosecutor, City of Bolton, Mississippi, 1990-1994
Municipal Public Defender, 1998-2010
Municipal Judge, Town of Edwards, Mississippi, 1994-1996
City Attorney, Town of Edwards, Mississippi, 1996-2010
Instructor, Jackson State University, 1988
Co-Founder, Diversity Law Institute of LCA, 2009
•Distinguished Service Award, Tougaloo College Pre-Law Society, 2008
•R. Jess Brown Memorial Distinguished Community Service Award, 2006
Board Member, Jackson Downtown Business Improvement District, 2002-2004
•Co-Founder and Former Co-Chairman, Law Student Diversity Interaction Program, Mississippi Bar Association, 1990

In the News

•102 Butler Snow Attorneys List in 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•117 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Butler Snow Attorney to Moderate Capital Area Bar Association Diversity CLE Event
•Music City Achievers - Griffin

Recent Blogs

•Ninth Circuit: Proposal To Consolidate Pretrial Proceedings Does Not Trigger Federal Jurisdiction Under Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA)
•Fifth Circuit Upholds Mississippi Damages Caps
•Fifth Circuit Broadly Construes Ministerial Exception to Federal Employment Discrimination Laws
•Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chooses To Exercise It's First Judicial Enforcement Action Against A Professional For Allegedly Taking Advantage of Consumers
•Mississippi Appeals Court Allows Excess Carrier to File Legal Malpractice Claim Against Primary Defense Counsel

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

Presenter, “Confronting Bias and Ethical Considerations in the Legal Community,” Magnolia Bar Association, November 13, 2015.
Co-Author, “Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices and Consumer Protection: Targeted Practices and Kinds of Claims: Proof Elements of Claims,” Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Statutes and Damages: How to Prevent and Defend Disruptive Challenges to Your Client's Business Practices, August 2015.
Panelist, “Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Statues and Damages,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, August, 2015.
Presenter, Getting What You Want - Developing Effective Negotiation Techniques When Negotiating Contracts or Negotiating Settlements, FDCC, April 24, 2014.
Author, Churches & Employment Law: Understanding the Ministerial Exception Rule , Litigation Commentary & Rev. 299, November/December 2012.
Presenter, Ethics for Lawyers: Blogs and Tweets That Can Torpedo Your Career, 2012 CLE Expo, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Chicago, 2012.
Author, Strategies for Using Social Media in the Fight Against Fraudulent Insurance Claims, Inside the Minds- Defending Against Insurance Fraud Claims, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2011.
Presenter, Current Trends in Insurance Opt Out Litigation In Mississippi, Conference on Insurance and Financial Services, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), Chicago, 2010.
Presenter, Defending Bad Faith Claims, Insurance Claims and Coverage Institute, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Chicago, 2010.
Presenter, Minority Law Firms: State of Emergency, Diversity Summit, Litigation Counsel of America, Atlanta, 2009.
Presenter, Effective Use of Focus Groups, Mock Trials and Internet Sampling, Fall Conference, Litigation Counsel of America, Charleston, 2009.
Presenter, Can You Win Without That Special Closing Argument?, Spring Conference, Litigation Counsel of America, Santa Fe, 2009.
Presenter, Vying For A Piece of the Pie-Minority Owned Law Firms Partnering With Majority-Owned Law Firms, Diversity for Success Seminar, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Chicago, 2009.
Moderator, Best Practices For Retaining Healthcare Clients: A Corporate Counsel Perspective, Healthcare Law Symposium, Annual Convention, National Bar Association, Houston, 2008.
Presenter, Voir Dire In State Court Criminal Cases, Fall CLE Conference, Magnolia Bar Association, Jackson, 2008.
Presenter, Electronic Discovery: Legal Issues and Practical Challenges, Corporate Counsel Conference, National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section, Miami, 2007.
Co-Author, Privilege Under The New Rules: New Mines in The Litigation Minefield, Commercial Law Connection, National Bar Association, 2007.
Presenter, Handling Insurance Claim Conflicts, National Business Institute, Insurance Law from A-Z, Jackson, 2007.
Presenter, A Defense Perspective on Insurance Litigation Trends In Mississippi and Trial of An Individual Fraud and Contract Claim (Defense Witnesses), Conference on Life and Health Insurance Litigation, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), Washington, D.C., 2003.
Presenter, Internet Gaming: Entertainment or a License To Steal?, American Trial Lawyers Association Convention, Atlanta, 2002.
Presenter, Trial of the Individual Insurance/Market Conduct Case, Conference on Life and Health Insurance Litigation II, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), San Francisco, 2000.
Presenter, Internet and Electronic Gaming, American Trial Lawyers Association Convention, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2001.
Presenter, Trial of the Individual Insurance/Market Conduct Case, Conference on Life and Health Insurance Litigation I, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), New York, 2000.

Litigation Counsel of America

Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, Top 50 Attorneys

Special Assistant Attorney General, 1988-99

Municipal Prosecutor, Bolton, Miss., 1990-94

Municipal Public Defender, 1998-2010

Municipal Judge, Edwards, Miss., 1994-96

City Attorney, Town of Edwards, Miss., 1996-2010

Instructor, Jackson State University, 1988

Co-Founder, Diversity Law Institute of LCA, 2009

• Distinguished Service Award, Tougaloo College Pre-Law Society, 2008

• R. Jess Brown Memorial Distinguished Community Service Award, 2006

Board Member, Jackson Downtown Business Improvement District, 2002-04

Co-Founder and Former Co-Chairman, Law Student Diversity Interaction Program, Mississippi Bar Association, 1990

Associations

• International Association of Defense Counsel

• American Bar Association
- Litigation Section
-- Minority Trial Lawyer Committee
- Corporate Counsel Committee
- Pro-Bono Subcommittee of the Corporate Counsel Committee Co-Chair
- Complex Torts Subcommittee of the Corporate Counsel Committee Co-Chair

• National Bar Association
- Commercial Law Section

• Defense Research Institute
- Trial Tactics Committee
- Commercial Litigation Committee
- Newsletter Committee

• Mississippi Bar Association
- Litigation Section
- Gaming Law Section
-- Chairman, 1999

• Charles Clark American Inn of Court

• Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

• Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

• Magnolia Bar Association

• Capital Area Bar Association

• Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
- Commercial Litigation and Financial Institutions Section


-- Chairman, 2012-13

• Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Legacy Society Member

Experience

• Featured in Litigation Commentary & Rev. 268 (September/October 2012) for representation of Former Governor Haley Barbour as Lead Counsel.

In the matter of Conservatorship of Davis v. Longo, 954 So.2d 521 (Miss. App. 2007).

Rankin v. American General Finance, 912 So.2d 725 (Miss. 2005).

Queen v. American General Finance, 351 F.Supp.2d 576 (S.D. Miss. 2005).

MS Life Insurance Company v. Baker, 905 So.2d 1179 (Miss. 2005).

Owens v. First Family Financial Services, 379 F.Supp.2d 840 (S.D. Miss. 2005).

Rainwater v. Lamar Life Insurance Company, 391 F.3d 636 (5th Cir. 2004).

Union National Life Insurance Company v. Crosby, 870 So.2d 1175 (Miss. 2004).

Bishop v. First Mississippi Financial Group, Inc., 221 F.R.D. 461 (2004).

Hare v. City Finance Company, 269 F. Supp.2d 766 (S.D. Miss. 2003).

Moore v. Mississippi Valley Gas, 863 So.2d 43 (Miss. 2003).

Smith v. Union National, 286 F.Supp.2d 782 (S.D. Miss. 2003).

White v. City Finance Company, 277 F.Supp.2d 646 (S.D. Miss. 2003).

Beasley v. Personal Finance Corporation, 279 B.R.523, 48 Collier Bankr. Cas.2d. 1582 (S.D. Miss. 2002).

American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida v. Wells, 819 So.2d 1196 (Miss. 2001).

Ross v. CitiFinancial, 203 F.R.D.239 (2001).

Daniette Jones v. Regency Toyota, Inc., 798 So.2d 474 (Miss. 2001).

Lady v. Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company, 241 F.Supp.2d 655 (S.D. Miss. 2001).

Ellis v. Anderson Tully Company, 727 So.2d 716 (Miss. 1998).

In the matter of Treasure Bay Corporation, 212 B.R.520 (1997).

Garrett v. Bohannon, 621 So.2d 935 (Miss. 1993).

Papers, Presentations & Publications

• "Churches & Employment Law: Understanding the Ministerial Exception Rule", Litigation Commentary & Rev. 299 (November/December 2012).

• "Ethics for Lawyers: Blogs and Tweets That Can Torpedo Your Career," 2012 CLE Expo, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Chicago, 2012.

• "Strategies for Using Social Media in the Fight Against Fraudulent Insurance Claims," Inside the Minds - Defending Against Insurance Fraud Claims, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2011.

• "Current Trends in Insurance Opt Out Litigation In Mississippi," Conference on Insurance and Financial Services, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), Chicago, 2010.

• "Defending Bad Faith Claims," Insurance Claims and Coverage Institute, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Chicago, 2010.

• "Minority Law Firms: State of Emergency," Diversity Summit, Litigation Counsel of America, Atlanta, 2009.

• "Effective Use of Focus Groups, Mock Trials and Internet Sampling," Fall Conference, Litigation Counsel of America, Charleston, 2009.

• "Can You Win Without That Special Closing Argument?" Spring Conference, Litigation Counsel of America, Santa Fe, 2009.

• "Vying For A Piece of the Pie-Minority Owned Law Firms Partnering With Majority-Owned Law Firms," Diversity for Success Seminar, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Chicago, 2009.

• "Best Practices For Retaining Healthcare Clients: A Corporate Counsel Perspective," Healthcare Law Symposium, Annual Convention, National Bar Association, Houston, 2008.

• "Voir Dire In State Court Criminal Cases," Fall CLE Conference, Magnolia Bar Association, Jackson, 2008.

• "Electronic Discovery: Legal Issues and Practical Challenges," Corporate Counsel Conference, National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section, Miami, 2007.

Co-Author, "Privilege Under The New Rules: New Mines in The Litigation Minefield", Commercial Law Connection, National Bar Association, 2007.

• "Handling Insurance Claim Conflicts," National Business Institute, Insurance Law from A-Z, Jackson, 2007.

• "A Defense Perspective on Insurance Litigation Trends In Mississippi and Trial of An Individual Fraud and Contract Claim (Defense Witnesses)," Conference on Life and Health Insurance Litigation, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), Washington, D.C., 2003.

• "Internet Gaming: Entertainment or a License To Steal?" American Trial Lawyers Association Convention, Atlanta, 2002.

• "Internet and Electronic Gaming," American Trial Lawyers Association Convention, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2001.

• "Trial of the Individual Insurance/Market Conduct Case," Conference on Life and Health Insurance Litigation II, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), San Francisco, 2000.

• "Trial of the Individual Insurance/Market Conduct Case," Conference on Life and Health Insurance Litigation I, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), New York, 2000.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(601) 985-4583  Phone
(601) 985-4500  Fax
www.butlersnow.com
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, B.A., Philosophy, 1984
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi, J.D., 1987
Year of First admission:
1988
Admission:
1988, Mississippi; U.S. District Courts, Mississippi: Northern and Southern Districts; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:

Associations

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

American Bar Association

Litigation Section [ABA]

Minority Trial Lawyer Committee

Corporate Counsel Committee

Pro-Bono Subcommittee

Co-Chairman

Complex Torts Subcommittee

Co-Charman

National Bar Association

Commercial Law Section

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Trial Tactics Committee

Commercial Litigation Committee

Newsletter Committee

Mississippi Bar Association

Litigation Section

Gaming Law Section

Chairman

Charles Clark American Inn of Court

Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Magnolia Bar Association

Capital Area Bar Association

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

Admissions Committee

Commercial Litigation and Financial Institutions Section

Chairman

Community Foundation of Greater Jackson

Legacy Society Member

Reported Cases:
Experience: Featured in Litigation Commentary & Rev. 268 (September/October 2012) for representation of Former Governor Haley Barbour as Lead Counsel.; In the Matter of Conservatorship of Davis v. Longo, 954 So.2d 521 (Miss. App. 2007).; Rankin v. American General Finance, 912 So.2d 725 (Miss. 2005).; Queen v. American General Finance, 351 F.Supp.2d 576 (S.D. Miss. 2005).; MS Life Insurance Company v. Baker, 905 So.2d 1179 (Miss. 2005).; Owens v. First Family Financial Services, 379 F.Supp.2d 840 (S.D. Miss. 2005).; Rainwater v. Lamar Life Insurance Company, 391 F.3d 636 (5th Cir. 2004).; Union National Life Insurance Company v. Crosby, 870 So.2d 1175 (Miss. 2004).; Bishop v. First Mississippi Financial Group, Inc., 221 F.R.D. 461 (2004).; Hare v. City Finance Company, 269 F. Supp.2d 766 (S.D. Miss. 2003).; Moore v. Mississippi Valley Gas, 863 So.2d 43 (Miss. 2003).; Smith v. Union National, 286 F.Supp.2d 782 (S.D. Miss. 2003).; White v. City Finance Company, 277 F.Supp.2d 646 (S.D. Miss. 2003).; Beasley v. Personal Finance Corporation, 279 B.R.523, 48 Collier Bankr. Cas.2d. 1582 (S.D. Miss. 2002).; American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida v. Wells, 819 So.2d 1196 (Miss. 2001).; Ross v. CitiFinancial, 203 F.R.D.239 (2001).; Daniette Jones v. Regency Toyota, Inc., 798 So.2d 474 (Miss. 2001).; Lady v. Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company, 241 F.Supp.2d 655 (S.D. Miss. 2001).; Ellis v. Anderson Tully Company, 727 So.2d 716 (Miss. 1998).; In the matter of Treasure Bay Corporation, 212 B.R.520 (1997).; Garrett v. Bohannon, 621 So.2d 935 (Miss. 1993 [KD1] ).
ISLN:
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    5.0/5.0 by a Member on 03/15/09 in Civil Litigation on 03/15/09

    charles griffin is of the highest caliber and ethical standards and deserves to be rated accordingly.

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    5.0/5.0 by a Other Corporate/Company position on 03/09/09 in Litigation on 03/09/09

    charles griffin is an excellent trial lawyer. charles has handled numerous litigation matters for unitrin with great results. charles is our go to trial attorney in the...

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    charles griffin is an excellent trial lawyer. charles has handled numerous litigation matters for unitrin with great results. charles is our go to trial attorney in the south. charles is often brought in to try a case that others lawyers have worked up. charles is able to analyze a complex matter and determine the most effective way to present it to a jury. charles can also negotiate reduced settlements because the plaintiff's bar knows charles is not afraid to try a case.

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    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/09/09 in Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries on 03/09/09

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    5.0/5.0 by a Member on 03/08/09 in Commercial Litigation on 03/08/09

    charles has many years of experience as an expert in commercial litigation. i have personally observed charles' performance and can attest to the fact that he definitely...

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    charles has many years of experience as an expert in commercial litigation. i have personally observed charles' performance and can attest to the fact that he definitely deserves martindale-hubbell's highest ratings both in ethics and ability.

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    5.0/5.0 by a Member on 03/08/09 in Commercial Litigation on 03/08/09

    charles is a lawyer of the highest caliber, and deserves your highest rating.

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    charles is a lawyer of the highest caliber, and deserves your highest rating.

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    5.0/5.0 by a Member on 03/07/09 in Criminal Defense on 03/07/09

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    5.0/5.0 by a Member on 03/07/09 in Civil Litigation on 03/07/09

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    5.0/5.0 by a Member on 02/27/09 in General Liability on 02/27/09

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    5.0/5.0 by a Member on 02/27/09 in Complex Commercial Litigation on 02/27/09

    i have served as co-counsel with charles griffin on scores of cases since 1998. charles is a true av quality lawyer who has successfully tried many jury cases.

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    i have served as co-counsel with charles griffin on scores of cases since 1998. charles is a true av quality lawyer who has successfully tried many jury cases.

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    5.0/5.0 by a Member on 02/27/09 in Insurance Bad Faith Defense on 02/27/09

    i am pleaed to recommend charles for an av rating. he meets all the crieria and then some.

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