Benjamin Griffith

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Ben Griffith is principal in Griffith Law Firm in Oxford, Mississippi, and represents state and local governments and private sector entities in federal and state litigation involving voting rights, election law, First Amendment and other civil rights claims and insurance defense, with a federal civil practice that includes trials and appeals in the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. An Adjunct Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law (Election Law and Municipal Law Practice Skills), he earned his J.D. in 1975. He serves on the Council of CEELI  (Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative), has served on the ABA Board of Governors (2016-2019) and as a member of the House of Delegates (2009 - 2019). He chaired the ABA Section of State Local Government Law (2007-2008), the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law (2010-2013) and served as editor and chapter author of all four editions of America Votes: Challenges in Voting Rights and Election Law (ABA 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2019). He authored a chapter on Voting Rights and Remedies from an International Perspective in International Election Remedies (ABA 2017, J. Young, Ed.), Effective, Timely, Appropriate and Enforceable Remedies in International Election Principles - Democracy & The Rule of Law (ABA 2009, J. Young, Ed.), Litigants' Rights Under State Public Records Acts: Use of Public Records  Requests as an Alternative to Discovery in Access to Government in the Computer Age (ABA 2007, M. Chumbler, Ed.), The International Community's Response to Hydraulic Fracturing and a Case for International Oversight in Beyond the Fracking Wars (ABA 2013 E. Powers & B. Kinne, Eds.) and Preservation of the Right to Vote after Disaster Events in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (ABA 2018 3d ed., E. Abbott O. Hetzel, eds.). He chairs the International Steering Committee of the International Association of Municipal Attorneys and has been a member of the Defense Research Institute's Governmental Liability Committee since 1983. He has been invited to speak at over 115 seminars, symposia and conferences in the U.S. and abroad on voting rights, human rights, anti-corruption, cybersecurity from a state and local government perspectiveand governance subjects within his expertise. Ben has been recognized by his peers with inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers (Municipal Law) each year since 2007 and has been board certified in Civil Trial Practice by the ABA-sanctioned National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1994. In 2017 he received the International Municipal Lawyers Association's Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law Award, received the Jefferson Fordham Society Advocacy Award in August 2020, and was recognized among the Top Ten Mississippi Leading Attorneys by the Mississippi Business Journal Leadership in Law 2017. He served as the World Jurist Association’s General Counsel and as WJA National President for the United States, President of the National Association of County Civil Attorneys, Chair of the Mississippi Association of County Board Attorneys, and President of the William C. Keady Chapter of the American Inns of Court (2015-2019). He is a member of the National Eagle Scouts Association, First Presbyterian Church of Oxford, MS, and the Law Alumni Chapter of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association (President-Elect 2019-2021).


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