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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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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%



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  • Corey Wlodarczyk

    Patrick Griffin is a tenacious defender of his client's rights. He will go the distance to ensure that he secures the absolute best outcome possible. With Patrick in their corner, his clients are always well represented in court.


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Griffin Law Office

1010 Second Ave.
Suite 1810
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
William Blews Award for Exceptional Pro Bono ServiceStetson University College of Law2010
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and CollegesWho's Who In American Law2010
Honor RollStetson University College of LawN/A
2009-2010 Advocacy Competition: Regional ChampionAmerican Bar AssociationN/A
Cardozo Inn honoreePhi Delta PhiN/A
Scholar of the College of Arts & SciencesUniversity of MontanaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerGriffin Law Office2011 - Present
Post-BarOffice Of The Public Defender San Diego County2011 - 2011
Law ClerkAttorney General Of Montana2010 - 2010
Judicial Intern to the Honorable J.WhittemoreU.S. District Court Middle District Of Florida2010 - 2010
Law ClerkBrown & Doherty, PA2009 - 2010
Litigation ParalegalLaw Office of Scott Johni, P.A.2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
San Diego Consumer AttorneysAttorney MemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney MemberN/A
American Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
San Diego Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney MemberN/A
California DUI Lawyers AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysAttorney MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Federal Capital Murder AppealThe US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit vacated the sentence and remanded the case for re-sentencing.
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Publication nameTitleDate
United States v. Julian, 633 F.3d 1250 (11th Cir. 2011)Capital Murder Appeal: USCA 11th Circuit Published Opinion2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MontanaSociologyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Stetson University College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of MontanaPsychologyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Diego Young Professionals MixerHanging Your Own ShingleN/A