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Bruce S. Griffen

Criminal defense Attorney at Flagstaff, AZ

4.5   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    Homicide, drug trafficking, money laundering, child molesting, sexual abuse, aggravated assault, domestic violence, stalking, kidnapping

    48 years

I am a third-generation native Arizonan. I'm a member of all state and federal courts in the State of Arizona, as well as the United States Supreme Court. I limit my practice to criminal defense. I am a founding and former board member of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and a member of National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. I have previously served on the Criminal Rules Committee of the Arizona State Bar.  I have lectured throughout the state on numerous criminal defense topics.

I am heavily involved my children's soccer, hockey and track teams as a coach and board member.  In my off time, I am a triathlete, competing in races all over the Southwest.


Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC
609 N. Humphreys Street
Flagstaff, AZ, 86001

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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Choose him for sure
Bruce handled my son’s criminal defense case with great vigor and professionalism. His two cases started just after he had turned 18 and took nearly two years from start to finish and included two separate trials. We were assigned an overzealous Navajo County prosecuting attorney and Bruce made the perfect foil for his irrational ranting with his clear succinct arguments and questioning. He really cared about this case and the way the outcome would effect my son’s future. He always made time to discuss things with us and explain his reasoning. We started with 8 felony charges which included mandatory prison time and walked away with 2 misdemeanor convictions. We are so grateful to Bruce and his office and all they did for my son and our family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2016
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Bruce Griffen
We were so grateful to get Bruce Griffen As our Attorney. He got our case dismissed and we couldn't be happier. We didn't know anything on how the court system worked. He walked us through it. Walking us into court in front of the Judge, to get to see this remarkable attorney at his job, is the only thing Good that came out of this. He knows the Law, with very good people skills. If you're looking for someone it's going to be on your side and do everything to win your case, Attorney Bruce Griffen is the lawyer to get. Thank you Bruce for all you've done for us.
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Posted by Sue | April 23, 2016
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Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you are looking for an attorney I would encourage you to talk to Mr. Griffen. He is certainly one of the best attorneys I have worked with over the years. He's professional and keeps in touch with you every step of the way.The outcome was more than I had expected. Thank you Bruce.
Posted by Jacob | January 10, 2015
#1 Criminal Defense Lawyer in Flagstaff
I am a repeat client and have nothing but positive things to say about Bruce Griffen. He offers the best consultations in the business and yet follows through with the hard work, dedication to my case, and is highly respected by judges, prosecutors, and all lawyers.
Posted by Tyler | May 17, 2013
Sharpest lawyer in Flagstaff
Other lawyers are all about "business" (want to make money) but Mr. Griffen is in it for the right reasons. He visited with me and my family; he explained all of the aspects; he gave solid advice; and he made me feel good about my decisions on how to proceed. Never pressured me. Worked more than other lawyers I have used in the past. I had one guy tell me he is a "specialist" and that nobody is better than that. Glad I didn't hire that guy. I saw him in court with some other defendant - that guy got screwed to prison, and I got a misdemeanor off of a felony charge!
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Posted by Robert | April 25, 2013
Reduced Bond, and Allowed to Travel
Bruce Griffen was at the jail speaking with me within hours of booking. His office has handled the case professionally from the beginning, beginning with getting a reduced bond and permission to travel to my family, wife, and three businesses. Bruce explained everything from how the law worked and how best to proceed without confusing me or my wife with a bunch of legal jargon we didn't understand. From the beginning we knew we picked the right attorney. Just to sum up the outstanding job his office has done: I am from out of state, and his office picked up all of my personal property, and went through all 16 boxes, just to locate our laptop, to ship to us, along with some sacred spiritual artwork. Thanks Lisa! I forget the name of the gentleman that also works with Mr. Griffen, but he promptly picked me up from release of jail and ensured that I caught the shuttle to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. He notified me of some good places to eat, which was very helpful after three days of institutional food. We highly recommend his office.
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Posted by Jason | March 1, 2013
Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Arizona
Mr. Griffen is the most advanced criminal defense lawyer in Northern Arizona. He handles major felony cases professionally and aggressively. Mr. Griffen has a history of great results and a wonderful reputation among the judges and prosecutors. Don't listen to angry people who think they can make money by writing bad reviews of lawyers. Mr. Griffen is the best lawyer in the business. How do I know? Because he saved my life during a very bad time for me. And how can you find out? Just call Mr. Griffen and talk to him. You'll quickly see that he is, in fact, the best in the business. I highly recommend the Griffen & Stevens Law Firm. Just do one free consultation with them and you'll see how good they are at criminal defense. They didn't pressure me or make me feel stupid. They helped me understand my problem and I am proud, and grateful, to have hired them.
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Posted by Colleen | November 11, 2023
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Awful old lawyer that does not return calls, drops clients, and is dishonest
This lawyer dropped his client two months before trial, did not do any trial preparation, and refuses to refund the remaining monies. Do not hire him. He NEVER calls his clients back and has too many clients. Do not hire him. Find another lawyer if you want contact and a competent lawyer.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Partner
  • Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Aspey, Watkins & Diesel
  • 1978 - Present


  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Northern Arizona University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Goetz
  • Hung jury and subsequent dismissal of all charges


  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Coconino County Bar Association
  • Varied
  • 1980 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Former Board Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • Arizona Super Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • Arizona Super Lawyer
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyers
  • Arizona Super Lawyer
  • 2013
  • Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Coconino County Bar Association
  • Pre-Indictment Delay
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is a top notch lawyer. I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I practice law in Northern CA. Long story short, I had been contacted by a client who was facing Extradition in AZ near Flagstaff. I needed to find the best local counsel there pronto in order to spare my client the long bus ride to Flagstaff from the Bay Area. On the first call I reached out to his office and spoke promptly to "Kate" who was "on board" and ready to engage our respective offices. After that, Mr Griffen just took the ball and ran with it like a natural. I am so glad to have reached him through AVVO. Knowledgeable, direct, succinct, flexible, prompt and easy to work with. If you need to associate a great lawyer in this part of the world contact his office immediately."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Griffen. Mr. Griffen is absolutely a fantastic person and attorney. He is very highly regarded in Arizona. He is possibly the best defense attorney in Arizona and I highly recommend him for anybody facing criminal charges."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I was opposing counsel on a few cases with Bruce, and I found him to be poised and well-spoken. He knew the law, he knew his case, he knew his client's goals. A very effective attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bruce is well respected in the northern Arizona legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Criminal defense lawyer Bruce Griffen provides exceptional legal representation. He is a highly skilled and experienced trial attorney serving Flagstaff and all of Northern Arizona."
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Flagstaff Criminal defense Lawyer Bruce S. Griffen
Bruce S. Griffen
Criminal defense Attorney
Flagstaff, AZ
Licensed for 45 years
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