Jim Griffin is a partner in King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C., office and is a member of the firm's Litigation and Antitrust Practice Group. Mr. Griffin's practice focuses on criminal antitrust investigations, with special emphasis on international matters subject to investigation by multiple enforcement authorities. He also focuses on internal corporate investigations and provides counseling to clients on antitrust issues. Mr. Griffin has more than 26 years experience handling complex domestic and international antitrust cartel investigations and cases at the Department of Justice.
Immediately prior to joining King & Spalding, Mr. Griffin served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement in the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, the highest ranking career position in the Antitrust Division. While Deputy Assistant Attorney General (January 2000-December 2004), he supervised the prosecution of more than 250 criminal cases and obtained more than $1.5 billion in criminal fines. He was responsible for all of the division’s criminal investigations and prosecutions nationwide and managed the work of the division’s eight criminal offices around the country. He was chief advisor to the Assistant Attorney General on all matters affecting the Antitrust Division's criminal enforcement program and served as its primary liaison with foreign law enforcement authorities in connection with the detection and prosecution of international cartels. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Griffin served the Department in several other key positions, including as the Antitrust Division's Director of Criminal Enforcement, Chief of the Division's Chicago Field Office and Assistant Chief of the Division's Atlanta Field Office. In 2004, he chaired Subgroup I of the International Competition Network's Cartels Working Group. In 1993 and 1994, he served as a special Department of Justice advisor to the competition law enforcement agencies in Budapest, Hungary and Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2003, Mr. Griffin was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executives, the highest honor conferred on federal government executives. In 1997, then Attorney General Janet Reno presented him the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Department's highest award for its career professionals.
Mr. Griffin received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, the Bar of the District of Columbia, numerous federal appellate court and district court bars, and the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Griffin is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law and previously served on the Section's Task Force to prepare comments to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Information Exchanges in International Cartel Investigations and co-chaired the ABA Antitrust Section’s 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 International Cartel Workshop and served on the Planning Committee for the 2010 International Cartel Workshop. He currently serves as a member of the ABA Antitrust Section's International Cartel Working Group and is a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, an international organization of antitrust enforcement agencies, dedicated to the discussion of antitrust enforcement and policy issues and the formulation of proposals for procedural and substantive convergence. Mr. Griffin is a member of the International Bar Association and is a frequent speaker at antitrust cartel programs around the world. He also served as Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Antitrust Law Section (1987–88) and as a member of the Executive Committee (1980-88).