San Diego attorney Patrick Griffin was raised in a large family in a rural Montana community where he learned the value of hard work and perseverance. Mr. Griffin has handled both criminal and civil cases in every courthouse in San Diego County and has a long list of satisfied clients. Mr. Griffin has litigated cases ranging from complex felonies to simple misdemeanors.
Mr. Griffin’s extensive criminal defense experience started at one of the nation’s top boutique criminal defense firms, Brown & Doherty, P.A. At Brown & Doherty, Mr. Griffin authored numerous federal appeals, including an appeal from a capital murder trial where the federal Circuit court vacated the sentence of two consecutive life terms and remanded the case to the trial court for resentencing.
Mr. Griffin is a member of Appellate Defenders Inc. and continues to handle criminal appeals at the Griffin Law Office. Appellate Defenders Inc. receives numerous applications from experienced attorneys each year and limits its admissions to applicants who exhibit strong skills in writing and legal analysis, as well as significant experience in criminal appeals or other outstanding relevant qualifications.
Mr. Griffin also completed a federal judicial internship with the Honorable James D. Whittemore, who has presided over numerous high profile cases, including the Terri Schaivo case. This experience allowed Mr. Griffin an inside look as to how judges decide legal issues and what judges look for in legal writing and argument. This behind the scenes experience equipped Mr. Griffin with the tools and information on how best to persuade a judge.
Mr. Griffin graduated with honors from the US News & World Report’s #1 ranked trial advocacy school in the nation. Being a member of the nation’s #1 Trial Team allowed Mr. Griffin to learn from some of the country’s foremost experts on trial skills and techniques. This unmatched trial advocacy training allowed Mr. Griffin to act as lead counsel in his first jury trial before he graduated from law school.
Mr. Griffin is licensed to practice law in California and has access to some of the brightest and most seasoned legal minds in the country. These alliances allow for affordable representation without sacrificing results.
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I endorse this lawyer. Patrick has everything it takes to be a preeminent lawyer in the field of criminal law. He has the academic skills that he exhibited on several successful appeals to the 11th Circuit but he also has the honesty and integrity that are indispensible to a criminal practitioner. His ease in dealing with people is not lost on jurors. An individual charged with a crime could not find a lawyer better suited to represent them or more willing to do the hard work that such representation involves.
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I have worked with Patrick on multiple cases and I have been impressed with his knowledge of the law and formidable style. Patrick's competence and confidence are evident immediately. I would recommend him to anyone facing a legal fight.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|William Blews Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service||Stetson University College of Law||2010|
|Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges||Who's Who In American Law||2010|
|Honor Roll||Stetson University College of Law||N/A|
|2009-2010 Advocacy Competition: Regional Champion||American Bar Association||N/A|
|Cardozo Inn honoree||Phi Delta Phi||N/A|
|Scholar of the College of Arts & Sciences||University of Montana||N/A|
|Attorney/Owner||Griffin Law Office||2011 - Present|
|Post-Bar||Office Of The Public Defender San Diego County||2011 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Attorney General Of Montana||2010 - 2010|
|Judicial Intern to the Honorable J.Whittemore||U.S. District Court Middle District Of Florida||2010 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Brown & Doherty, PA||2009 - 2010|
|Litigation Paralegal||Law Office of Scott Johni, P.A.||2006 - 2008|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association||Attorney Member||N/A|
|San Diego Consumer Attorneys||Attorney Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||N/A|
|San Diego Bar Association||Attorney Member||N/A|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Attorney Member||N/A|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Attorney Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Attorney Member||N/A|
|United States v. Julian, 633 F.3d 1250 (11th Cir. 2011)||Capital Murder Appeal: USCA 11th Circuit Published Opinion||2011|
|University of Montana||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Stetson University College of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||N/A|
|University of Montana||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|San Diego Young Professionals Mixer||Hanging Your Own Shingle||N/A|