Richard is an experienced civil litigator adept at handling complex cases with large damages in a variety of legal areas including automotive and general products liability, serious motor vehicle and trucking wrecks, and business or commercial litigation.
Richard has been sole lead or co-lead counsel in over 40 cases tried to verdict since he began practicing law nearly 17 years ago.
In addition to the areas of law listed above which represent the bulk of his practice, Richard has also represented plaintiffs in some additional narrowly-defined and diverse areas, which include: securities litigation and arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”); and private claims and litigation, if necessary, on behalf of individuals who have contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) -- such as herpes simplex virus (HSV I and II), human immunodeficiency virus(HIV), and human papillomavirus(HPV) --from people who failed to warn their partners of the rick of communicable disease.
Richard’s legal background before the formation of Conley Griggs LLP almost 11 years ago includes associate-level work at a well-known insurance defense firm and also practicing with the nationally-known litigation boutique, Butler Wooten & Fryhofer LLP.
Richard has authored numerous articles on trial practice and evidentiary topics that have appeared in a variety of legal publications including The Brief magazine, the national quarterly publication of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, the Mercer Law Review, and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Journal.
Richard has been invited to speak at numerous seminars hosted by groups such as the American Bar Association, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICLE), Lorman Educational Services, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA). Topic areas have included tractor-trailer litigation, jury selection, accident reconstruction, pre-suit investigation of civil claims, brain injuries, products liability, expert witnesses, wrongful death, demonstrative evidence and other trial-related subjects.
Richard is admitted to practice law in all state and superior courts in Georgia, including the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia. He is a past Vice-Chair of the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.
Richard has handled cases throughout the State of Georgia, including all of the Metro Atlanta counties, and also North, Middle and South Georgia. He has also been admitted pro hac vice (“for this event”) in cases in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.
In terms of his educational training, Richard received a B.A. degree from the University of Georgia in Athens and a law degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. At Mercer, Richard was a member of both the Moot Court Board and the Law Review. Only a handful of students were selected to membership in both of these two prestigious academic organizations. He was the Prosecutor of the law school’s Honor Court, where he investigated and prosecuted students who violated the school’s honor code. Richard’s second-year moot court team took home the coveted Best Brief for Respondent Award at the John J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey, and his law review case note, which analyzed an important U.S. Supreme Court case, was selected for publication in the Mercer Law Review. Richard won several legal writing awards from the law school faculty and a national legal publishing firm. Shortly before graduation, Richard was admitted to the Order of Barristers, a national organization recognizing excellence in courtroom advocacy.
Richard lives in Atlanta with his wife, two sons and two Labrador Retrievers. Richard and his family attend St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. When he is not practicing law or spending time with his family, he enjoys golf, bird hunting, tennis, travel and reading.
Contact Richard Griggs:
4200 Northside Parkway NW, Building One, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30327
Phone: (404) 809-2590
Fax: (404) 467-1166