Charles E. Griffin
Firm:
Butler Snow LLP
Phone:(601) 985-4583
Address: 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Membership: AssociationsInternational Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)American Bar AssociationLitigation Section [ABA]Minority Trial Lawyer CommitteeCorporate Counsel CommitteePro-Bono SubcommitteeCo-ChairmanComplex Torts SubcommitteeCo-CharmanNationa
University: University of Mississippi, B.A., Philosophy, 1984; Congressional Internship, U.S. House of Representatives, Summer 1986, University of Mississippi, J.D., 1987
Admitted: 1988, Mississippi; U.S. District Courts, Mississippi: Northern and Southern Districts; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
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•AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell •Top 50, Mississippi Super Lawyers , 2010-2015 •The Best Lawyers in America , Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Insurance •Elected Member, American Law Institute •Fellow, American Bar Association •Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America •Mid-South Super Lawyers , Business Litigation, 2006-2015 •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 Publications•Presenter, “Confronting Bias and Ethical Considerations in the Legal Community,” Magnolia Bar Association, November 13, 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. • 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.Bar Fellowship: 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.