JOHN TIMOTHY “TIM” GRIFFIN
As the Principal and General Counsel of Griffin Public Affairs, LLC (GPA), Tim Griffin is personally involved with all key strategic and tactical decisions and ensures that all GPA clients receive the individual attention and service they expect and deserve. He brings a unique perspective to GPA, drawing upon his experience at the highest levels of government and presidential politics where he excelled in a number of disciplines, including law, communications, research and management.
Prior to founding GPA, Tim served as General Counsel and Managing Director of Mercury Public Affairs (MPA), a firm headquartered in New York City. From 2006-2007, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, a District that includes 41 of Arkansas’s 75 counties and the cities of Little Rock, Jonesboro and Pine Bluff. During his tenure, in addition to federal criminal prosecutions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) provided outreach and training in rural counties and provided federal civil rights law training to law enforcement and community leaders.
Tim is currently serving in his 11th year as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps and holds the rank of Major. He was mobilized to active duty in 2005 as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq, for which he was awarded the Combat Action Badge.
When mobilized to active duty, Tim was serving as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director, Office of Political Affairs at the White House. In that capacity, he advised President George W. Bush and Vice-President Richard B. Cheney and organized and coordinated support for the President’s agenda, including the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
He served as Research Director and Deputy Communications Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC) during the 2004 presidential campaign, Deputy Research Director for the RNC during the 2000 presidential campaign and as legal advisor to the 2000 Bush-Cheney Recount Team in Florida.
From 2001-2002, Tim served as an appointee at the U.S. Department of Justice where he was Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General, Michael Chertoff, the Criminal Division Chief. In the summer of 2001, AAG Chertoff granted him a detail as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to the USAO for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock. In that capacity, Tim prosecuted a variety of federal cases with an emphasis on firearm and drug cases. He also organized the Eastern District’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the Bush Administration's initiative to reduce firearm-related violence by promoting close cooperation between state and federal law enforcement, and served as the PSN coordinator.
From 1997-1999, Tim served as Senior Investigative Counsel to the Government Reform Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. Pursuant to the Committee’s campaign finance investigation, he organized, supervised and conducted the financial investigation of individuals and entities; interviewed witnesses; and drafted subpoenas. He interviewed Johnny Chung and played a key role in planning the hearing at which Chung testified and detailed his illegal political contributions.
Tim also served as an Associate Independent Counsel, In Re: Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Henry Cisneros; and as an associate attorney with the New Orleans law firm of Jones, Walker.
Tim is also the founder and principal of the Griffin Law Firm, PLLC, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and is a member of the Arkansas (active) and Louisiana (inactive) bars. He is a cum laude graduate of both Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he received his B.A., and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received his J.D. He also attended graduate school in Modern British and European History at Pembroke College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England. Tim was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, was raised in Magnolia, Arkansas, and now resides in Little Rock, with his wife, Elizabeth, a native of Camden, Arkansas, and their daughter.