Ben Griffith is a partner in the Cleveland, MS firm of Griffith & Griffith (www.griffithlaw.net). He earned his Juris Doctor in 1975 from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Mississippi Law Journal. He earned his B.A. from Ole Miss in 1973, majoring in English and German, and attended the University of Salzburg in 1972.
Mr. Griffith focuses his practice on federal and state civil litigation, with emphasis on voting rights and election law, civil rights, public sector insurance coverage, and environmental law. He has represented over 55 municipalities, counties, and school districts in Mississippi and has served as lead counsel for public entities in seven other states.
He is a Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, immediate past-Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, serves as Chair of the International Steering Committee of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and received the IMLA’s President’s Award for Outstanding Associate Member in 2009 and 2013. He has served as Chair of ABA Section of State & Local Government Law, World Jurist Association’s National President for the United States, President of the National Association of County Civil Attorneys, and Chair of Government Law Section of Mississippi Bar.
He is a 30-year member of Defense Research Institute’s Governmental Liability Committee, an active member of the ABA Sections of Litigation, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice, International Law and Environment, Energy & Resources.
Some of the publications in his field of practice include America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights (ABA 2008; e-Supp. 2009, 2nd ed. 2012)(editor and chapter author), “Effective, Timely, Appropriate, and Enforceable Remedies” (co-author), in International Election Principles –Democracy and the Rule of Law (John Hardin Young, Editor, ABA 2009), “The International Community’s Response to Hydraulic Fracturing and a Case for International Oversight” in Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Entities and Citizens (ABA Section of State & Local Government Law, E. Powers and B. Kinne, Editors, 2013); “Continuity of Essential Legal Services in the Wake of Catastrophe: Fair Elections And the Judicial System” (co-author), in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (E. Abbot and O. Hetzel, Editors, 2nd ed., ABA 2010) and editor of Census 2000 – Considerations for State & Local Governments (ABA 2000) (editor).
Mr. Griffith was recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers In America® from 2007 through 2013 in the field of Municipal Law and in Mid-South Super Lawyers® from 2007 through 2013 in Government/Municipalities and was recently named Lawyer of the Year – Municipal Law in 2013. He has been invited to speak at over 95 seminars in his area of concentration throughout the USA and has participated as moderator and/or speaker in programs on various local government issues in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Georgia, Scotland, Ireland, and the Peoples Republic of China.
In addition to his private practice, he served as county board attorney for 21 years and since 1989 has served as board attorney for the 17-county YMD Joint Water Management District, with responsibility for the coordinated management, conservation and sustainable use of the water resources of the Delta.
Mr. Griffith is married to the former Kathy Lee Orr of Batesville, Mississippi, and they are the parents of two children, Clark and Julie.