About the firm


 

BENJAMIN E. GRIFFITH, PLLC

Ben Griffith's federal and state civil litigation practice traces back to his early civil trial work in the Mississippi Delta with his late father and law partner, Ellis Griffith. That work began to reach into other states during the late 1970's. Ben’s civil litigation practice is now based in Oxford, Mississippi and extends to representing state agencies, counties, cities, school boards, elected officials, nongovernmental entities and other private sector insureds and their insurers in federal and state civil litigation throughout Mississippi and in other jurisdictions.

He has been associated to represent defendants in federal and state civil litigation in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. With Oxford, Mississippi as a base for an expanded multi-state practice, Ben’s work focuses on defense of state and local governments, agencies, and school districts in civil rights, voting rights, election law, governmental tort liability, and First Amendment litigation, representation of commercial entities and other private sector insureds in premises security litigation, public entity insurance coverage disputes, and environmental law with a focus on water resources management.

He has served as Board Attorney for the 17-county Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Joint Water Management District since 1989, and served as Board Attorney for the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors from 1983 through 2003. In October 2017, the International Municipal Lawyers Association awarded him the Charles S. Rhyne Award for Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law. He has been recognized by his peers through inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Municipal Law and Mid South SuperLawyers® in the field of Municipal Law each year since 2006, and recently was selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2017, a selection that is invitation only and reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.   An Adjunct Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law for the Municipal Law Practice Skills Course and Election Law, he serves on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.

Pictured left to right: Ben Griffith and his father and partner, Ellis Griffith

Lauren E. Ward

Lauren was born and raised in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. After graduating from New Smyrna Beach High School in 2007, she went on to the University of Florida, where she majored in Political Science and graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor’s Degree. After graduation, Lauren traveled for a year as a Leadership Consultant for the Phi Mu Fraternity National Headquarters. During that year, she traveled to a dozen Phi Mu chapters across the Southeast, assisting the collegiate members in the areas of finance, membership, and operations. Lauren then went on to the University of Mississippi School of Law. During her three years in law school, Lauren was a member of the school’s Negotiation Board and the Mississippi Innocence Project. Lauren graduated in May 2015, after which time, she became a member of the Mississippi Bar in September 2015. Lauren joined the Griffith Law Firm in January 2015 as a Clerk and continued on as an Associate Attorney after receiving her license. She assists the firm in a variety of cases, including those in the areas of voting rights, insurance defense, products liability, and premises liability. In her spare time, Lauren loves traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their dog, Levee.