I take care of my clients' property and estates- from estate planning to real estate investments. Estate planning is "preventive medicine" against family feuds. Estate administration is something that must be done when someone dies, and you want someone who can keep a bad situation from getting worse. Real estate is where many of us put much of our wealth, and the hazards of buying, selling, and managing real estate are challenging.
I have offices in Birmingham and Atlanta. I sometimes meet people in homes and hospitals who suffer from ill health.
My father has turned 90 years old and lives with me. I am guardian for a disabled brother who lives in an assisted-living facility. I also served as administrator for late mother's affairs.
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James is hard working, smart, and client-oriented. I worked alongside him for more than a year, and I consider him a mentor in legal writing and local government law. He is a tireless worker who can see through the complexity of government regulations, slicing through them like a scalpel to get to the core issues of a situation, and then clearly and succinctly explain those issues to courts, regulators, opposing parties, and clients.
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I worked with James for five years on local government, land use and environmental issues. James is a top notch attorney. He goes above and beyond for his clients by thoroughly preparing and providing strategic guidance on complex issues. Beyond being an excellent attorney, he is a man of exceptional character and is never too busy to advise a fellow associate. His devotion to his own family makes him particularly adept to serving the needs of clients with complex estate planning issues. I endorse James for his expertise in the practice areas of Environmental, Land Use/Zoning, Local Government, and Estate Planning.
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|AL||Authorized to practice law||2011||01/14/2016|
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2001||01/14/2016|
|Attorney||James B. Griffin, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Bishop Colvin Johnson & Kent, LLC||2011 - 2014|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Wm. Thomas Craig||2002 - 2011|
|Attorney||Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP||2001 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Georgia, Environmental Law Section||Chairman||2010 - 2011|
|East Georgia Land and Development Co., LLC v. Baker et al., 690 S.E.2d 145 (Ga. 2010).||Supreme Court allowed probate judge to verify|
|Bd. of Zoning Adjustment of City of Trussville v. Tacala, ___ So.3d ___ (Ala.Civ.App. 2013)||Summary judgment reversed|
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|Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law||"A Predictive Framework for the Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals"||2001|
|Vanderbilt University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|University of Alabama||History||MA - Masters||1990|
|Gordon College||Economics & History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation, and Zoning||"Comprehensive Look at Land Use Law and Environmental Considerations"||2014|
|Legal Issues Involving Local Governments||"Zoning Concerns and Planning Issues"||2013|
|Jefferson County School Administrators' Winter Dinner"||"Understanding Alabama's Revised Code of Ethics"||2011|
|Environmental Law Summer Institute||"Ethics Panel Discussion"||2011|
|Zoning Law||"Planning for the Rebound: Dealing With Failed Developments"||2009|
|Environmental Law Summer Seminar||"Trespass and Nuisance as Environmental Torts"||2009|
|Zoning Law||"Professionalism in Zoning and Land Use Matters"||2008|
|Zoning Law||"Ethics in Zoning: Topics for Panel Discussion"||2007|
|Zoning Law||"Storm Water and Clean Water Act Issues"||2007|
|Environmental Law Summer Seminar||"Solid Waste Management and Recent Landfill Litigation"||2007|
|Zoning Law||"Landfill Regulation and Litigation Tactics"||2006|
|Old Church, Oxford, GA||"Emory College, the Town of Oxford, and the Rebirth of the Humanities and the Historical Imagination"||2006|
|Zoning and Land Use in Georgia||"Forum Shopping for Zoning and Land-Use Regulations in Georgia: Incorporations of New Cities and Annexations Under Recently Revised Statutes"||2005|
|Commencement||"Character, Scholarship, Faith"||2005|
|Zoning Law||"Recent Developments in Annexation Law"||2004|