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James Blount Griffin

James Blount Griffin

James B. Griffin, LLC
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate...
  • Alabama, Georgia
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Summary

We help you find the peace of mind that comes from taking care of your family and property. You want to protect your assets and save them for those you love. We are all mortal, and planning now for bad health or even sudden death allows you live your life to the fullest. My current practice combines experience in real estate law with estate planning and elder law. I am administrator of my late mother's affairs and guardian for my disabled older brother. My father, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, lives with me. I own properties in Alabama and Georgia, including timber lands. I have a wife, a daughter, and a dog named Scipio. Please call me if I might help you, and if I cannot, I'll try to find someone who can.

Education
Vanderbilt University Law School
J.D. (2001) | Law
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Honors: Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law Phi Delta Phi
Activities: St. Thomas More Society, Federalist Society
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
M.A. (1990) | History
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Studied European and American history; wrote thesis on religion and constitutional development during the Revolutionary and Republican periods.
Honors: Colonial Dames Essay Award
Activities: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant
Gordon College
B.A. (1984) | Economics & History
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Wrote economics thesis on the impact of land-use regulations on housing markets (which became one of my practice areas in law) and a history thesis on John F. Kennedy's effectiveness as chief executive.
Honors: Honor Society in Economics
Activities: Student Union President
Professional Experience
Principal
James B. Griffin, LLC
- Current
Help clients find the peace of mind that comes from taking care of family and property through estate planning, healthcare planning, elder law, probate law, real estate law, property law, and business succession planning. Focus directly on the clients and do not worry about the billable hours.
Associate
Bishop Colvin Johnson & Kent, LLC
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Represented cities, school boards, and state agencies in land use, land acquisition, code enforcement, zoning, employment, annexation, civil rights, constitutional, and intergovernmental relations matters. Litigated appellate matters and land-use matters. Advised public officials on privacy, open records, employment, civil rights, statutory, and constitutional issues.
Associate
Law Offices of Wm. Thomas Craig
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Represented county commission, development authority, and sheriff in fast-growing Atlanta metro area; litigated land-use, environmental, civil rights, and zoning matters. Acquired dozens of parcels of property for roads, public facilities, and water reservoirs. Advised elected officials on wide variety of legal matters.
Associate
Morris Manning & Martin, LLP
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Practiced in real estate group of large Atlanta firm working on large commercial developments, land sales, leases, and timber leases. Assisted with defense in litigation of a Fortune 500 company facing shareholder suits.
Publications
Articles & Publications
A Predictive Framework for the Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals
34 VAND. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 405 (2001)
Speaking Engagements
"Handling Ethical Issues in Engineering and Surveying Practice", Legal Issues for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, Birmingham, AL
HalfMoon Education, Inc.
Discussed the ethics code for engineers and its practical applications.
"Land Use Law", Legal Issues for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, Birmingham, AL
HalfMoon Education, Inc.
Explained how zoning law works and how you can get in trouble when requesting or making land-use decisions.
"Take a Comprehensive Look at Land Use Law", Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation, & Zoning, Birmingham, AL
National Business Institute
"Stay On Top of Environmental Considerations", Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation, & Zoning, Birmingham, AL
National Business Institute
Explained how zoning law works and how you can get in trouble when requesting or making land-use decisions.
"Zoning Concerns and Planning Issues", Legal Issues Involving Local Governments, Birmingham, AL
National Business Institute
Explained how zoning law works and how you can get in trouble when requesting or making land-use decisions.
Professional Associations
Environmental Law Section of State Bar of Georgia
Chairman
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Activities: Served as officer for four years and then as chairman. Organized annual conference and edited publications.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alabama
Georgia
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I can usually discern during the initial telephone call if I can help you. If I can help you, we will meet to discuss your problem and goals.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
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Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Gov & Administrative Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
James B. Griffin, LLC Main Site
Blog
Georgia Wills and Estates
Contact & Map
James B. Griffin, LLC
3355 Lenox Road, Suite 750
Atlanta, GA 30326
USA
Toll-Free: (877) 290-8415
Telephone: (404) 239-2661
Fax: (404) 504-7004
James B. Griffin, LLC
6 Office Park Circle, Suite 100
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
USA
Telephone: (205) 502-2199