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Paul G. Griffin, Legal Director

Paul Griffin graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1997 and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1994 with a baccalaureate degree in Government. Prior to college Mr. Griffin proudly served four years in the United States Marine Corps, having enlisted at the age of 17.

Mr. Griffin is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He has been a litigator for almost 20 years and has vast experience trying cases in state and federal courts. He has successfully litigated and consulted on several hundred cases involving allegations of domestic violence and child physical and sexual abuse. He has conducted training seminars for other attorneys in this specialized area and has advised litigators who were trying such cases. Mr. Griffin has also testified in front of the Maryland General Assembly concerning proposed changes in Maryland’s laws on abuse and domestic violence. Similarly, he has testified in front of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force about the role that child physical and sexual abuse play in leading children to become susceptible to human trafficking.

In October of 2016 Mr. Griffin was appointed by Maryland Governor Lawrence J. Hogan to serve as a member of the NeShante and Chloe Davis Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force.  The Task Force’s mission is to study and make recommendations to the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly regarding domestic violence prevention strategies and policies.

Prior to being appointed to his current position of Legal Director Mr. Griffin was a member of the Board of Directors of Child Justice for three-and-a-half years. In 2008 Mr. Griffin was a recipient of the Friend of Children Award from Child Justice’s predecessor organization, Justice for Children, and the 2015 recipient of Child Justice’s Heroes of Child Justice Award.

From 2003 until 2015 he also served as a United States Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the case Peterson v. Islamic Republic of Iran (a mass-tort action brought by the survivors and family members of service members injured or killed in the October 1983 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon) and in Owens v. Republic of Sudan (a mass-tort action brought by survivors and family members of personnel injured or killed in the 1998 Al Qaeda bombings of the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania).

His responsibilities in those cases included presiding over hearings where testimony was given and evidence presented from survivors and family members, making determinations regarding monetary damages awards, and filing a Report and Recommendation with Court regarding such determinations.

Mr. Griffin was formerly an associate at the law firm of Spriggs & Hollingsworth and Counsel at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers.