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Charles E. Griffin Joins Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC

The practice of law has changed significantly since I started in 1988. These changes, along with my desire to explore a new platform, resulted in my decision to close my individual law practice and become a member of the Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada law firm.

Butler Snow is based in Ridgeland, Mississippi and is recognized as a leading law firm by many publications. Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business describes Butler Snow as having “enormous power and presence” with a team of attorneys who have achieved national prominence because of “sheer, unambiguous quality.” According to Chambers, Butler Snow clients refer to the firm as “well-known for being successful” and it’s attorneys as “real deal-makers.” Chambers also noted Butler Snow’s ability to deliver to the client “the whole package – intelligence, presence and trial experience.” Butler Snow has been named by Best’s Review as one of 69 law firms “Standing the Test of Time.” National Law Journal has listed Butler Snow as one of twenty law firms on its Midsize Hot List for demonstrating creative, innovative strategies, developing practice areas and recruiting top legal talent. Butler Snow is committed to diversity and I look forward to actively participating in it’s efforts to strengthen that commitment for the benefit of its clients, the firm, the legal community and the public.

During my twenty-three-year career, I have worked on hundreds of cases with, and against, attorneys from Butler Snow and I have observed their legal ability first hand. I am pleased to join this talented group.


Charles E. Griffin Elected To Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Charles E. Griffin

Charles E. Griffin of Griffin & Associates in Jackson, Mississippi, has been honored with membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) an international organization founded in 1936 to further the principles of knowledge, justice and fellowship in connection with professionals involved with the defense of civil litigation.
FDCC membership is by invitation only following a peer review selection process. The FDCC has approximately 1,400 members including lawyers in private practice, corporate counsel, risk managers and insurance claims executives from the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

American Law Institute Annual Meeting Was a Memorable Experience

A brief word with Justice Breyer during the meeting.

Despite my busy workload of late, I took time to attend the 2010 annual meeting of the American Law Institute (ALI)  in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.  I was elected to the Institute in March and new members are encouraged to begin participating immediately. 

I attended enough sessions and official events to leave the annual meeting with a healthy degree of respect for the work of the Institute and the commitment of its members.  This meeting included formal receptions, lunches and dinners but it was also filled with serious deliberative sessions.  The professional standing of the individual participants and the magnitude of some of the discussions was very impressive.  At one or more sessions, Judges from the U.S. Supreme Court, the various Circuit Courts, District Courts and various state courts were present.   The academic legal community was well representated and expert practitioners were also present.  Finally, lawyers from several countries around the world were also present.

The purpose of the deliberative sessions was to review the state of current law in various areas and adopt proposed changes to the Restatements of the Law or Principles of Law in those areas.  The work performed at our sessions will eventually be included in publications which will become part of the legal collections of the United States Supreme Court law library, many law school libraries, state law libraries, law firm libraries and other law libraries around the world.

The Institute in session.

New members were warmly welcomed into the Institute.  There was a formal dinner for new members to meet more experienced members.  Throughout the meeting, new members were identified by a special mark on their badges.  As a new member, I was frequently approached by existing members who introduced themselves and welcomed me to the Institute.  They shared past experiences and offered tips on making the most of ALI membership.  The ALI staff members were equally accessible and helpful.  Many offered suggestions regarding how I could make my membership professionally and personally rewarding.  The Institute accomplished a lot during the meeting.  I look forward to working with ALI  in the future.



The American Law Institute (ALI) recently announced that Attorney Charles E. Griffin of Jackson, Mississippi is one of 54 distinguished lawyers, law professors and legal scholars who are newly elected members of ALI.  Members are elected through a highly selective process based on professional achievements and demonstrated interest in improving the law.  Election is considered one of the highest honors in the legal profession.

 The American Law institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.  The Institute (made up of 4,000 lawyers, judges and law professors of the highest qualifications) drafts, discusses, revises and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

 “It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and accomplished individuals to the American Law Institute,” said ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo. “Since its founding more than 80 years ago, the Institute and its membership have been dedicated to clarifying and improving the law. The serious problems that our country now faces have made the work of law reform at the highest levels ever more important. I am confident that our newest group of members will bring added vigor to our activities and contribute significantly to our future law reform work.”  ALI has long been influential internationally and, in recent years, more of its work has become international in scope.

 By participating in the Institute’s work, its distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good.

Griffin is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law and practices law with Griffin and Associates in Jackson, Mississippi.  He is an experienced attorney whose practice areas include complex litigation, insurance litigation, and commercial litigation.

For more information about the American Law Institute go to www.ali.org.

ABA Minority Counsel Program Announces New Enhancements

The American Bar Association (ABA) established a program in 1998 to encourage corporations to retain minority lawyers.   Initially called the Minority Counsel Demonstration Program, it is now known as the Minority Counsel Program (MCP).  The goal of the program has grown to include the promotion of diversity in the legal profession through education and promoting relationships between corporations and lawyers who are ethnically and racially diverse.

Until recently, membership fees for the program were fixed and expensive.   Member firms had to fork over a hefty $2500 fee to join the program.  This limited the number of participating firms.  One of best changes to the program is the creation of a new staggered fee structure.   The new fee structure is based on the size of the law firm and ranges from $750 to $2500.   Firms with less than three hundred attorneys are eligible to join for $750.

The MCP hosts two annual meetings which include CLE presentations, professional development sessions, networking receptions and roundtable discussions—all of which will include participation by in-house counsel.  Previous meetings have been limited to members of the MCP.  I have been informed by the ABA that non-member attorneys will now be allowed to attend these events for a registration fee. 

I suspect that the Minority Counsel Program will see increased membership and increased participation as a result of the new changes.  If implemented with proper planning and defined measurable goals, the changes may provide opportunity  for the development of meaningful relationships between ethnically and racially diverse lawyers and corporate representatives who control legal spending.  If implemented without measurable goals and objectives, the new enhancements may prove to be little more than a feel good gathering of individuals with good intentions.   As for me, I will do all that I can to assist in the program’s success.