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James Blount Griffin

About me

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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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 40%
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
  3. Real Estate: 10%
  4. Appeals: 10%
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John William Nelson

    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.


    John Nelson Consumer protection Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Andrea Pickens Gray

    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.


    Andrea Gray Government Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

James B. Griffin, LLC

6 Office Park Circle, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL, 35223

James B. Griffin, LLC

3355 Lenox Road, Suite 750
Atlanta, GA, 30326



ALAuthorized to practice law201108/13/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200108/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJames B. Griffin, LLC2014 - Present
AttorneyBishop Colvin Johnson & Kent, LLC2011 - 2014
AttorneyLaw Offices of Wm. Thomas Craig2002 - 2011
AttorneyMorris, Manning & Martin, LLP2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Georgia, Environmental Law SectionChairman2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bd. of Zoning Adjustment of City of Trussville v. Tacala, ___ So.3d ___ (Ala.Civ.App. 2013)Summary judgment reversed
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
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Publication nameTitleDate
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law"A Predictive Framework for the Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals"2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of AlabamaHistoryMA - Masters1990
Gordon CollegeEconomics & HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
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