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My work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney gave me a deep appreciation for the power of the prosecutor to impact a person or company's well-being. In the criminal context, it helped me to learn how to objectively analyze a case and dig deep into the facts because initial appearances can truly be misleading. In the civil context, I helped defend medical malpractice cases against the federal government. I represented the Veterans Hospital, the Marine Corps Hospital, the Navy Hospital, the U.S. Air Force Clinic, and federally funded Health Care Centers. This gave me a great perspective on the tactics and strategies of medical malpractice defense lawyers. The large number of federal court cases I tried as an AUSA gave me court room experience that few lawyers can match.


I can practice law throughout the state of South Carolina (SC), including in the following South Carolina counties:  Abbeville County, Aiken County, Allendale County,  Anderson County, Bamberg County, Barnwell County, Beaufort County,  Berkeley County, Calhoun County, Charleston County, Cherokee County, Chester County, Chesterfield County, Clarendon County, Colleton County, Darlington County, Dillon County, Dorchester County, Edgefield County, Fairfield County, Florence County, Georgetown County, Greenville County, Greenwood County, Hampton County, Horry County, Jasper County, Kershaw County, Lancaster County, Laurens County, Lee County, Lexington County,  Marion County, Marlboro County, Mccormick County, Newberry County, Oconee County, Orangeburg County, Pickens County, Richland County, Saluda County,  Spartanburg County, Sumter County, Union County, Williamsburg County, and
York County.


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  1. White Collar Crime: 16%
    33 years
  2. Personal Injury: 16%
    33 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 15%
    33 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 15%
  5. Other: 38%
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Contact info

7 State St
Charleston, SC, 29401


SCGood Standing198208/03/2016
DCInactive 198307/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers In AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
South Carolina SuperLawyerSuperLawyers2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJoe Griffith Law Firm, LLC2003 - Present
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office - Department of Justice1991 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Carolina Association for Justice, Criminal Law SectionN/AN/A
Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Charleston County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Larry D. Young et al. v. Golf Trust of America, Inc. et al.Almost $4 Million Verdict for Griffith's Client for breach of fiduciary duty
Kelly Waldron Bowles v. Donald Baxter$14,162,145 Verdict in Favor of Joe Griffith's Child Sex Abuse Client
Ray Lamas v. Top of the Market$2,489,576 Judgment in Favor of Joe Griffith's Client
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Institute on Health Care Fraud (26th Annual)False Claims Act Trial Practice Demonstration - U.S. Ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey Hospital2016
False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation Involving Health Care ProvidersHealth Care False Claims Act Qui Tam Cases: Hot Topics from the Defense Perspective2016
False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation Involving Health Care ProvidersWhistleblower Retaliation Claims under Section 3730(h) of the False Claims Act2016
2016 South Carolina Bar ConventionCurrent False Claims Act Issues2016
Health Care Law Section CLESettling Qui Tam Claims2015
Health Care Law Section CLEHealth Care Litigation - Ambulance Swapping Arrangements: False Claims Act Implications for Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Ambulance Companies2015
Fraud Against The Government and Whistleblower ActionsFraud Against The Government and Whistleblower Actions2012
American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm DivisionWhistleblower Claims for Fraud Against the U.S. Government -- The Basics of the Federal False Claims Act2012
Healthcare Law in the Federal CourtFederal Fraud Enforcement of Healthcare Law after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act2011
The Patient Protection & Affordable Care ActCriminal Enforcement & Penalties under The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act2010
Trial Lawyers Continuing Legal EducationBasics of the Federal Tort Claims Act ("FTCA")2008
Federal and State Securities EnforcementFederal and State Securities Enforcement2008
October Fraud ConferenceHealthcare Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions2006