John T. Griffin

John Griffin is a trial lawyer and one of the founding members of Hall Griffin.

Mr. Griffin practices out of the firm’s Orange County, Walnut Creek, and Dallas offices, handling civil defense litigation matters in the areas of bodily injury, transportation, products liability, premises liability (including environmental and ADA claims), copyright and publicity rights, and construction litigation. Mr. Griffin understands every case is unique and each presents unique challenges. At the outset of a new litigation matter, he works with his client to develop an individualized approach for efficiently and aggressively defending his client’s interests. Utilizing this approach, Mr. Griffin has successfully tried, arbitrated, and mediated numerous cases over the course of his career.

Mr. Griffin began his career working for one of the then “Big Six” accounting firms, Arthur Andersen & Co. Later, after clerking for a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, Mr. Griffin went into private practice, ultimately joining the founding partners of Hall Griffin to form the firm in 1995.

Representative Matters

  • Won a defense jury verdict for a security guard in a lawsuit alleging traumatic brain injury from an altercation with a patron outside a pub
  • Won a motion for nonsuit following a jury trial on behalf of a transportation company in a lawsuit alleging debilitating spinal injuries arising from a motor vehicle collision
  • Successfully defended a transportation company at trial in a multi-million-dollar case involving a tractor-trailer vs. motor vehicle collision in which the plaintiff underwent spinal surgery
  • Won an arbitration award for a construction company asserting wrongful termination of a residential construction contract, and defeating the owner’s construction defect claims

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Bodily Injury and Catastrophic Loss
  • Transportation
  • Premises Liability, including environmental and ADA
  • Products Liability
  • Copyright and Publicity Rights
  • Construction Litigation


  • J.D., 1990, Loyola Law School
    • Executive Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal
  • B.S., 1987, Business Administration-Finance, University of Southern California


  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California

Professional & Community Activities

  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Building Industry Association of Southern California, Member
  • University of Southern California Alumni Association
  • Loyola Law School Alumni Association