Biography

Admitted to practice law in 1974, Michael J. Griffith has been representing criminal defendants and accident victims for more than 35 years. He is a dedicated lawyer who puts his clients' interests first, and who only represents individuals - not government or big business.

Born in Pennsylvania, Michael J. Griffith attended college at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, and he earned his law degree at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford. After a stint with the Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida in the mid-1970s, he then represented clients as a Shareholder in the firm of Levin, Middlebrooks et al. until 1990. Today, he is the owner of Michael J. Griffith, P.A., serving individuals charged with crimes and injured in motorcycle and automobile accidents throughout the Southeastern United States. He is also an experienced family lawyer, working closely with high-net worth individuals, military service men and women, same-sex partners, and other individuals to complete their divorces and deal with child-related issues. Read more about Michael's practice areas.

A Reputation for Excellence and Client Service
Michael J. Griffith is a Life Member of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL). He is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), and has been named to the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida. Other attorneys describe Michael as, "a highly skilled attorney who may be counted upon to render a thorough and innovative defense," and "a nationally known criminal defense lawyer with a reputation for aggressively defending his clients." Clients call Michael a "fighter" and an "excellent lawyer" who "knows the law and is on your side."

A Rider Dedicated to Helping Motorcycle Accident Victims
When he is not practicing law, you will probably find Michael J. Griffith out on his motorcycle. Michael has been riding for more than 50 years, and has ridden his bike across the country. He is a member of the Harley Owners Group (HOG), the BMW Owners Group, the American Motorcycle Association, and ABATE.

Contact Pensacola Attorney Michael J. Griffith
If you are looking for aggressive representation that gets results, contact Michael J. Griffith today. Located in Pensacola, Michael J. Griffith P.A. fights for injury victims throughout Florida, and represents criminal defendants across the entire Southeastern United States.

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • J.D.
  • University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida
    • B.A.

Bar Admission

  • Florida, 1975
  • Mississippi, 1974
  • Colorado, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1974

Honors

  • ATLA Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • ASLA Top 100 Lawyers Florida
  • NATL Top 100 Trial Lawyers Florida

Classes & Seminars

  • Criminal Defense CE Course Guest Speaker, Escambia County Sheriff's Office, 2015
  • Gun Safety Course, Guest Speaker, Pensacola State College, 2010
  • National Association of Legal Investigators, Guest Speaker
  • Safety Stand Down at Whiting Field, Guest Speaker

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Northwest Florida Legal Services, Inc., 1978-1981

Past Positions

  • Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1975-1976
  • Shareholder, Levin, Middlebrooks et.al., 1976-1990
  • Member, Board of Directors, Northwest Florida Legal Services, Inc., 1978-1981
  • Staff Attorney, Florida Real Estate Commission, 1974-1975

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Delta Theta Phi

Professional Associations

  • Judicial Nominating Commission 1st Circuit - Florida, Vice-Chair, 07/2010 to Present
  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Life Member, Present
  • Florida Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), Life Member, Present
  • Association of American Trial Lawyers (ATLA), Top 100 Florida, Present
  • American Society Legal Advocates (ASLA), Top 100 Florida, Present
  • The National Association of Trial Lawyers (NATL), Top 100 Florida, Present
  • American Bar Association, ABA, Present
  • The Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association, Member, Present
  • The Florida Bar
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • The Colorado Bar Association

Current Employment Position

  • Principal Senior Attorney