Phil Griffis obtained his first jury verdict in 1990, when he convinced a jury that a customer’s fall at his client’s store did not cause the customer’s aspiration pneumonia and stroke. In the years since he has continued to win in courtrooms across the State of Texas.
A fifth generation Texan, Phil Griffis was born in Austin in the sixties. In 1985, he received his degree from Baylor University, majoring in Finance. Believing he would eventually practice corporate law, he entered Baylor Law School. The corporate law plan did not last long. Fortunately, the answer was across the hall, in the school’s Practice Court, a trial advocacy program ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best in the nation.
Following graduation in 1988, Mr. Griffis went to work for Mills, Shirley, L.L.P., the oldest continuous law firm in the State of Texas. The firm was, quite simply, loaded with stellar trial lawyers. Learning from them, and accepting the faith they placed in him, Mr. Griffis began trying, and winning, jury trials.
Mr. Griffis worked for a downtown Houston law firm from 1992 through 2008. During that time, he attended the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) ten-day program in trial advocacy. In courtrooms across Texas, he tried over 50 jury trials and arbitrations, winning the vast majority of those that reached a decision. He briefed and argued over fifteen appeals. He became board certified, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. He was also certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
When not representing his clients, Mr. Griffis spends his time with his wife, Cindy, and his sons. He is an avid surfer and triathlete, who completed Ironman Texas in 2015. His interest in the law also extends to the preservation of the Texas coast, bays and wildlife.
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