Brian J. Griffin concentrates his practice of law in the areas of criminal defense at the state and federal level. As the firm’s principal New York criminal defense attorney, Mr. Griffin regularly attends court proceedings both in State and Federal court and is often on trial. Mr. Griffin’s in-court trial experience has proven invaluable for our firm’s clients. Mr. Griffin works closely on our grievance cases where there are implications of criminal investigations or prosecution. This has proved invaluable to our clients, often resulting in the avoidance of criminal charges.
Mr. Griffin is a life long resident of Long Island. Mr. Griffin attended the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania where he graduated with honors with a degree in Economics/Finance. Upon completion of his degree in Scranton, Mr. Griffin returned home to New York to pursue his law degree as a Dean’s Merit Scholar at Brooklyn Law School. At Brooklyn Law, Mr. Griffin interned for a Federal Judge and later the United States Attorney’s Office. As a third year law student, Mr. Griffin joined the staff of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission where he worked until graduation.
Immediately upon completion of his studies at Brooklyn Law and after taking the New York State Bar Examination, Mr. Griffin continued his legal career as a prosecutor. He joined the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office located in Hempstead and Mineola, New York. At the office of the District Attorney, Mr. Griffin was initially responsible for handling misdemeanor crimes such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), assault, domestic violence and traffic offenses. After a short time, he was promoted to the County Court Trial Bureau. In the County Court, Mr. Griffin was responsible for handling a wide range of felony offenses including felony DWIs, violent assaults, burglaries, and robberies. At the DAs office, Mr. Griffin tried numerous cases to verdict and obtained valuable courtroom exposure. Mr. Griffin was also appointed as a Special Prosecutor for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and handled a variety of prosecutions in Suffolk County.
In 1997, Mr. Griffin left the District Attorneys office along with his colleague and current law partner, Thomas J. Foley. The firm was originally located in Mineola and moved to the current location in 2008.
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New York, 1994
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1990
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1993
Professional Associations & Memberships
New York State Bar Association – Member
Former Assistant District Attorneys Association – Member
Nassau County Bar Association – Member
Criminal Law & Procedure Committee – Past Chair
Judicial Screening Committee
Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association – Former President
Past Employment & Academic Positions
Nassau County, Assistant District Attorney
Securities and Exchange Commission
St. John’s University, Adjunct Professor