Jim Griffin is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in civil and criminal courts at the federal and state level. He has been the lead trial counsel in a number of cases featured in national and state news publications, magazines and television programs. One of Jim's criminal trials was broadcast on a popular television cable channel devoted to court trials, and his client was acquitted before a nationwide audience. Jim has also obtained multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients in civil cases.

He has extensive experience representing clients charged with federal crimes, such as mail and wire fraud, healthcare fraud, mortgage and securities fraud, public corruption, government contractor and procurement fraud, and criminal tax charges. He represents medical doctors, nurses, dentists and other licensed professionals charged with administrative violations.

In addition, he has been actively engaged in civil litigation, primarily in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation, class actions involving consumer fraud, securities and bank fraud litigation, unfair business practices, and catastrophic personal injury and death caused by negligent misconduct or resulting from the use of harmful products, drugs and medical devices, and from toxic exposure to dangerous chemicals and pollutants.

In 2017, Jim was honored by South Carolina Super Lawyers® for the third straight year for his work in the area of civil defense. He is rated AV Preeminent for the highest level of professional excellence by Martindale Hubbell.


  • Wake Forest University, Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts in economics, 1984
  • University of South Carolina School of Law (Law Review, Order of Coif, Order of Wig and Robe, Student Honor Council), Juris Doctor, 1987

Bar admissions and memberships

  • South Carolina, since 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 2009
  • American Association For Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defenses Lawyers
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, inducted January 2016

Professional experience

  • Law Clerk, United States District Court Judge, Honorable Dennis W. Shedd-1990-1992
  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of South Carolina-1992-1994
  • Private Practice-1987-1990 and 1995 to present


  • “Sentencing Strategies in Federal Court,” S.C. Association For Justice, Annual Meeting, 2009
  • “Effective Use of Polygraphs,” S.C. Bar Criminal Hot Tips, 2003
  • “Selecting and Using Expert Witnesses in Federal Court,” BRI, 2003
  • “Civil Litigation-Defense,” S.C. Bar “Bridge the Gap,” 2002
  • “Securities Fraud Prosecutions,” White Collar Crimes Symposium, SC Bar CLE 1995

Disclaimer: The preceding examples are intended only to be representative of past experiences practicing law. These examples are not intended, and cannot be relied upon, to predict results in any other case.

Selected reported cases