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James B. Griffin

Phone: (205) 251-2881
Fax: (205) 254-3987
Email: jgriffin@bishopcolvin.com 

James B. Griffin represents cities, school boards, state agencies and universities, development authorities, counties, sheriffs, and private parties in litigation and regulatory matters. Concerns involving local governments and state agencies are his day's work. Before coming to Bishop Colvin Johnson & Kent, LLC, he practiced near Atlanta with the Real Estate Group of Morris Manning & Martin, LLP and in the Law Offices of Wm. Thomas Craig, a boutique firm known for environmental and local-government representation.

He has litigated in courts and appeared before governing boards over a broad spectrum of issues such as zonings, variances, restrictive covenants, employment, Section 1983, eminent domain, and state and local taxes and fees. He has advised clients regarding ethics laws, civil rights, labor and employment, government immunities, contracts, real property, nuisances, law enforcement, public health, and environmental law. He has drafted state legislation and revised city and county codes in areas such as historic preservation, annexations, sign regulation, nuisances, and the delivery of public services.

Seminar Presentations:

  • "Planning for the Rebound: Dealing With and Rebuilding Failed Developments," Zoning Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, October 15, 2009
  • "Trespass and Nuisance as Environmental Torts," Environmental Law Summer Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, St. Simons Island, July 7-8, 2009
  • "Professionalism in Zoning and Land Use Matters: Panel Presentation," (with Michael J. Bowers, G. Douglas Dillard, and David H. Flint), Zoning Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, October 16, 2008
  • "Storm Water and Clean Water Act Issues," Zoning Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, October 18, 2007
  • "Ethics in Zoning: Topics for Panel Discussion," (with Brandon Bowen, Mary Carole Cooney, and E. Adam Webb), Zoning Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, October 18, 2007
  • "Storm Water Trouble," Land Use Law from A to Z, Lorman Seminar, Athens, October 18, 2007
  • "Solid Waste Management and Recent Landfill Litigation," Environmental Law Summer Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Amelia Island, July 28, 2007
  • "Landfill Regulation and Litigation Tactics," Zoning, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, October 19, 2006
  • "'Forum Shopping' for Zoning and Land-Use Regulations in Georgia: Incorporations of New Cities and Annexations Under Recently Revised Statutes," (with Edward D. Tolley), Zoning and Land Use in Georgia, Lorman Seminar, Athens, November 10, 2005
  • "Recent Developments in Annexation Law," Zoning Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, October 22, 2004

Published Opinions:

  • East Georgia Land and Development Co., LLC v. Newton County, 723 S.E.2d 909 (Ga. 2012)
  • East Georgia Land and Development Co., LLC v. Baker, 690 S.E.2d 145 (Ga. 2010)

Publications and Reviews:

  • A Predictive Framework for the Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals, 34 VAND. J. OF TRANSNAT'L L. 405 (2001)
  • Paul J. Weber's Equal Separation: Understanding the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, 24 FIDES ET HISTORIA 137 (1993)
  • Larry Gragg's The Salem Witch Crisis, 25 FIDES ET HISTORIA 128 (1993)

Public Speeches:

  • "Emory College, the Town of Oxford, and the Rebirth of the Humanities and the Historical Imagination," Oxford Historical Society, Old Church, Oxford, GA, March 13, 2006
  • "Character, Scholarship, Faith," Commencement Address, La Lumiere School, La Porte, Indiana, May 27, 2005

Volunteer Activities and Pro Bono Representations:

  • Environmental Law Section
  • Georgia Environmental Restoration Association, Inc.
  • Newton County Historical Society
  • African-American Historical Association of Newton County, Inc.
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
   

James B. Griffin

Education:

Vanderbilt University Law
  School, Juris Doctor, 2001
University of Alabama, Master
  of Arts, 1990
Gordon College, Bachelor of
  Arts, 1984

Admitted:

Alabama (2011)
Georgia (2001)
United States Court of
  Appeals for 11th Circuit
United States District Court
  for Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court
  for Middle District of Georgia
United States District Court
  for Northern District of Alabama

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Bishop, Colvin, Johnson & Kent, LLC
1910 First Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: 205.251.2881 | Fax: 205.254.3987 | Toll free: 877.705.8101