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Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC
Joseph Griffith

7 State Street
Charleston SC 29401
(843) 225-5563

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About Attorney JOSEPH P. GRIFFITH, JR.

Joseph P. Griffith, Jr. - Charleston White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer
Joe Griffith has 25 years of legal experience in federal and state court litigation. As a former federal prosecutor, Griffith has tried nearly 30 federal court cases, and his practice is devoted exclusively to litigation, with a concentrated focus on federal white collar criminal defense, as well as select personal injury and business injury claims.

In the white collar arena, Griffith has represented a number of public, private and non-profit companies and/or their employees in a wide variety of matters. In pre-indictment representation, Griffith works tirelessly to gather evidence and legal positions in an effort to persuade prosecutors to not indict a subject or target of an investigation. In the event of an indictment, Griffith has the experience and resources to aggressively defend the accused at trial.

In the civil arena, Griffith has both prosecuted and defended multi-million dollar personal injury and business injury claims. Joseph P. Griffith, Jr. has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV rating, is a member of the Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers, and has been chosen one of the Best Lawyers in America.

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Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC
7 State Street
Charleston, S.C. 29401
(843) 225-5563
(866) 386-6460 (Toll Free)
(843) 722-6254 (Fax)

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Professional Memberships:


  • South Carolina
  • Washington, D.C. (inactive)


Past and Present Community Activities:

Past and Present Business Boards:

  • Prestress Concrete, Inc. Board of Directors
  • South Atlantic Dredge Company Board of Directors
  • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Board of Directors
  • Republic Bank Board of Directors
  • Bank of Charleston Founding Board of Directors
  • Comsouth Bank Board of Directors
  • Carolina First Bank Charleston Advisory Board


  • Former Department of Justice National Advocacy Center Instructor
    • Criminal Trial Advocacy
    • Civil Trial Advocacy

Reported Cases:

  • Berkeley-Dorchester Counties Economic Development Corp. v. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 395 F.Supp.2d 317 (D.S.C. 2005)
  • United States v. Billabong II ANS M/V Starr Evita, 2003 WL 21663141 (F.R.)
  • United States v. Corbett, 2003 WL 21086580 (F.R.)
  • Mason v. Potter, 81 Fed.Appx. 767 (4th Cir. 2003)
  • United States v. Todd, 2002 WL 31523465 (F.R.)
  • Blair v. United States, 2002 WL 1173588 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • Bryant v. Peters, 2002 WL 1485303 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • United States v. Macalloy Corporation, 2001 WL 774319 (F.R.)
  • Hayes v. Henderson, 2001 WL 912684 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • Hayes v. Henderson, 2001 WL 193625 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • Dumont v. United States, 80 F.Supp.2d 576 (D.S.C. 2000)
  • United States v. Portrait Homes Construction Co., 2000 WL 1759390 (F.R.)
  • Snell v. Rich, 173 F.3d 852, 1999 WL 144637 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • Brown v. Geha-Werke GmbH, 69 F.Supp.2d 770 (D.S.C. 1999)
  • Floyd v. United States Farm Service Agency, 139 F.3d 889, 1998 WL 130124
  • Steinert v. Gober, 32 F.Supp.2d 842 (D.S.C. 1998)
  • Knight v. Runyon, 133 F.3d 915, 1997 WL 796158 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • Ojo v. George, 97 F.3d 1448, 1996 WL 558364 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • Stone v. Andrews, 77 F.3d 471, 1996 WL 63003 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • Mattison v. Hawks, 67 F.3d 295, 1995 WL 541736 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • United States v. Prytz, 35 F.3d 557, 1994 WL 477831 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • United States v. Brown, 21 F.3d 425, 1994 WL 89799 (4th Cir.(S.C.))
  • United States v. Crews, 9 F.3d 1544 (4th Cir. 1993)
  • United States v. Prytz, 822 F.Supp. 311 (D.S.C. 1993)

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The Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC is proud to serve the people of South Carolina and the United States in a wide variety of Personal Injury, White Collar Criminal Defense, and Business Litigation matters. When you retain the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC for legal representation, you will have a team of attorneys dedicated to protecting your rights while helping to ensure the results you deserve. We aim to make our clients feel like a special part of our litigation team.

 The Personal Injury lawyers of the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC have represented numerous individuals who have been seriously injured as well as the estates of those who have died as the result of someone else’s negligence. For many, just the thought of calling a Personal Injury law firm makes them nervous. Rest assured, whatever legal problem you have, our South Carolina Personal Injury attorneys are here to help you through them. Our law firm represents plaintiffs against insurance companies, trucking companies, discriminating employers, government agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, consumer product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and other negligent organizations and individuals. From SUV rollovers to aviation accidents, medical malpractice to automobile accidents, spine injuries to pharmacy negligence, workers compensation to defective products, our firm handles a broad array of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases. Joseph P. Griffith, Jr. has received designation as a South Carolina Super Lawyer for personal injury litigation, and is a Lifetime Member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  

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Alleged White Collar Crimes are often complex in nature -- they usually involve a mass of documents and numerous complicated legal and factual issues. As a former federal prosecutor who has litigated nearly 30 federal court trials, top-rated attorney Joseph P. Griffith, Jr. focuses the great majority of his practice on federal White Collar Criminal defense. He has handled a wide range of White Collar Criminal cases, with particular emphasis on antitrust crimes, bank fraud, corporate fraud, environmental crimes, false claims act/government fraud, health care fraud, mail/wire fraud, securities/stock fraud and tax fraud crimes. Joseph P. Griffith, Jr. has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating, is a member of the Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers, and has been chosen one of the Best Lawyers in America. He has the experience to adroitly guide you or your company through the difficult process of a White Collar criminal investigation, and, if necessary, forcefully litigate your defense in the event of a prosecution.  Visit

The Business Litigation attorneys of the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC are problem solvers who encourage open communication and teamwork with our clients. When engaged to represent a client in business dispute litigation, our first task is to determine what goals and interests are truly vital to the client. We then diligently explore all factual and legal aspects of the case so we can confidently provide the client a realistic assessment of litigation risks, options and anticipated results in order to enable the client to make an informed business judgment on how best to proceed. We have successfully represented public and private companies, non-profit organizations and individual businessmen and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of litigated business controversies.  Visit

The Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC maintains offices in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina, and we represent clients from all over the state and nation. Our attorneys have more than 35 years of legal experience in federal and state courts, and we are here to assist you. Client satisfaction is our number one goal.


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The Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC can handle the following cases:

Personal   Injury

We serve victims of accidents, including automobile, aviation, boating / maritime, construction, motorcycle, tractor trailers, and train and railroad accidents; birth injury; burn injury; dog and animal attacks; medical malpractice; nursing home negligence; premises liability; prescription drug negligence; product defects; sexual harassment; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury; worker's compensation and wrongful death.

A personal injury, which generally involves a physical and/or emotional injury to the victim and/or damage to the victim’s property, usually results from one or more of the following:

· A party’s negligent, careless or reckless conduct
· A defective product
· An ultra-hazardous activity or condition
· A party’s intentionally wrongful conduct

A personal injury victim’s right to recover compensation for injuries sustained is primarily governed by state common law, state statutory law and federal statutory law. The personal injury victim is commonly referenced as a “plaintiff” and the person or entity that caused the harm is commonly referenced as a “defendant.”


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Wrongful Death

A case involving a wrongful death is governed by statute and interpretive case law rulings by South Carolina courts. The South Carolina Wrongful Death Act provides the statutory authority for a wrongful death claim. S.C. Code §§ 15-51-10, et seq. A wrongful death action is generally initiated by the personal representative, executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate, which may be a spouse, child, or other family member. In Ballard v. Ballard, 314 S.C. 40, 443 S.E.2d 802 (1994), the South Carolina Supreme Court held that “[u]nder S.C. Code § 15-51-20, a personal representative may bring a wrongful death action for the benefit of statutory beneficiaries, including the parents of the deceased where there is no surviving spouse or child as in this case.” The Ballard Court listed the damages recoverable for a wrongful death as those “damages sustained by the statutory beneficiaries resulting from the death of the decedent, including pecuniary loss, mental shock and suffering, wounded feelings, grief, sorrow, and loss of society and companionship.”

Other potential damages in a Wrongful Death Action include:

· Hospital and medical expenses
· Funeral and burial expenses
· Money compensation for the loss of income the deceased would have provided the family in the future
· Loss of society and companionship can include the beneficiaries’ loss of the decedent’s experience, knowledge and judgment in managing his affairs and those of his beneficiaries

The Joe Griffith Law Firm is a Charleston, South Carolina (“SC”) law firm that focuses on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Each of our lawyers have years of experience handling these types of cases. Our attorneys will investigate the facts, assess your claim, determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the details of your case and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial.


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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The physical brain damage resulting from sudden impact with an external force, such as the dashboard of a car or a bullet, is known as traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Most traumatic brain injury accidents are preventable and occur because of another party’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of another’s wrongdoing, you should consult an attorney who can help you receive the compensation you deserve.  Visit

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice, commonly called “medmal” for short, generally occurs when a negligent, careless or reckless act, mistake, error, or omission by a doctor or other medical professional causes damage or harm to a patient. It has been estimated that almost 98,000 people die in hospitals in the United States each year, and that medication errors injure approximately 1.3 million people per year. Medical malpractice errors or negligence typically occur in the diagnosis or treatment of a patient, and may include, but are not limited to:

· Failure to treat
· Wrong treatment
· Delay in diagnosis
· Failure to diagnose
· Failure to rule out causes or conditions
· Misdiagnosis
· Failure to test
· Failure to obtain informed consent
· Surgical injury
· Wrong prescription of drugs
· Patient abandonment
· Use of defective medical products

A patient’s right to recover compensation for medical malpractice is generally governed by common law as well as statutes and regulations which have been promulgated to protect patients who have been subjected to medical malpractice or medical negligence. Medical malpractice suits are usually complex, time-consuming, expensive to litigate, dependent upon expert testimony, and vigorously defended by health care providers and their insurers. 


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Prescription Drug and Pharmaceutical Negligence

Due to advances in science and medicine, it is possible today to live with, or even be cured of diseases and illnesses once considered life threatening. Although the United States provides some of the best health care in the world, an estimated 200,000 Americans die annually due to adverse reactions and harmful side-effects of prescription drugs. Thousands more are injured.

Each lawyer at the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC vigorously works to help victims who sought to improve their health, but instead were injured by the prescription drugs they relied on for relief. Manufacturers of drugs and supplements can be held responsible for sale of defective products, devices, and drugs. This responsibility is broad and includes the duty to exercise reasonable care in the design and manufacture of a product. The obligation of the manufacturer to make a safe product includes the duty to design, manufacture, inspect, and label a product appropriately. Proving that a manufacturer of a drug supplement is responsible for a defective product can be complicated and expensive.


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Elder Abuse / Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse

When a nursing home accepts a resident into its facility, it has a responsibility and owes certain duties to the resident to meet his or her specific needs related to his condition. Many of the injuries and accidents that commonly occur in nursing homes are the result of negligence, and sometimes even intentional acts of abuse. When a nursing home causes harm to a resident because it fails to act responsibly, the nursing home should be held accountable. Signs that your loved one may be receiving inadequate or poor treatment in a nursing home may include any of the following:

· Unexplained injuries (i.e., bruises, fractures) or falls
· Rapid weight loss
· Pressure sores (also called bed sores and pressure ulcers)
· Sudden decline or change in physical or mental condition or behavior
· Afraid or fearful of staff and/or other residents
· Wandering outside the facility (or into inappropriate areas inside the facility)
· Foul smell continuously or frequently
· Malnutrition or dehydration
· Infections such as sepsis, osteomyelitis, urinary tract infections, infected pressure sores

Because of our experience in litigating nursing home cases, we will be able to quickly pinpoint and review the relevant information contained within the abundance of paperwork from the nursing home. We are familiar with the specific types of documents maintained by nursing homes, the many federal and state requirements governing nursing homes and the issues unique to nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. 


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Tractor Trailer, 18 Wheeler & Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents often can be preventable by safe travel practiced by the trucker and those who share the road with him. At the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, each attorney has the knowledge and experience that is necessary to thoroughly investigate and successfully prosecute trucking accident cases. We use leading experts and investigatory resources to aid us in understanding how the accident occurred and to attribute responsibility. There are many different causes of trucking accidents, including:

· Driver inexperience or lack of commercial license
· Improper lookout
· Failure to yield
· Excessive speed
· Unsafe road conditions
· Driver fatigue (falling asleep at the wheel)
· Improper truck maintenance
· Drunk driving or drug use
· Equipment defects or malfunction (lights, brakes, & tires)
· Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
· Inadequate signage
· Rollover or jackknife

Fatal Trucking Accidents / Wrongful Death

Tractor trailers and 18 wheelers are usually large, hard to maneuver, and carry heavy cargo. These big trucks are often involved fatal accidents because of their huge size difference when compared to other vehicles. Families who have lost someone in a fatal truck accident want to know the cause of the accident and, if appropriate, seek justice for their loved ones.

Located in Charleston, SC, our lawyers at the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC will thoroughly investigate and vigorously litigate your wrongful death lawsuit resulting from a fatal truck accident case. Our firm focuses on wrongful death and personal injury cases, and we vigorously pursue compensation for losses caused by negligent individual truck drivers and trucking companies. 


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Car Accidents

We understand that if you have been in a car accident, or are the family member of a victim, you may be overwhelmed by all that has happened – perhaps suffering from emotional, physical and financial injury and loss. While monetary compensation cannot change what happened, it can help with medical bills, employment, rehabilitation and your financially stability in your future. Even the most minor automobile accidents can produce injuries that seem disproportionate to the actual accident itself, and physical injuries may not arise until months after the original accident. We have the experience to thoroughly investigate and prosecute your car accident case to make sure you recover all of the compensation you are rightfully due.  

Our well-established law firm works closely with expert witnesses and accident investigators, applying sophisticated technologies to our fact-finding process. When eyewitnesses are not reliable, science can often provide an irrefutable account of a collision. Data collected with the help of computer simulations, accident reconstructions, and on-board computers allow our attorneys to present juries with factually sound, understandable accounts of almost any auto accident and other vehicle accident including:

· Serious car wrecks
· vehicle rollovers
· drunk or drug-impaired driver injuries
· rear end collisions
· Commercial trucking accidents
· Motorcycle collisions
· Semi truck crashes
· Railroad crossing accidents
· Vehicle manufacturer's negligence


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Motorcycle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are about 18 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motorcycle accident and about three times more likely to be injured. Because they lack the physical protection of a car and are often difficult to see in the rearview mirror of a car or truck, motorcyclists are more susceptible to injuries from other vehicles on the road, debris from road construction and potholes, inclement weather and manufacturer defects. South Carolina does have a helmet law, so riders under 21 must wear an approved helmet at all times when riding or driving a motorcycle. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety states that the number of people over the age of 35 killed on a motorcycle is trending upward and is overwhelmingly male. In South Carolina, auto accidents are the most common cause of serious personal injuries, and alcohol is the most frequent cause of auto accidents. In 2003, 6 percent of alcohol-related crash fatalities were motorcyclists; 79 percent of those motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet.

While bike wrecks have occurred all over the state, some South Carolina highways are more dangerous than others. Interstate 85 is the most traveled and has more accidents, but some of the most dangerous roads in the state are two-lane undivided highways, including Highway 76, Highway 178, Highway 187 and Highway 8.

The lawyer of Joe Griffith Law Firm take extreme care to examine all the facts of your case. We help clients determine how the crash happened, where fault lies and hold the negligent party responsible for the motorcycle accident that occurred. Utilizing a network of resources, we are able to gain a clear picture of the accident and the actions of the motorist that lead to the bike crash. Many different types of injuries can result from a motorcycle accident, including broken bones, severe brain damage and head injuries, back, neck, and spinal cord injuries (including paralysis). 


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Airplane and Helicopter Crashes

Airplane, jet plane, and helicopter travel have become increasingly popular in modern society. Daily commutes in a plane or helicopter are often necessary for the speed and convenience that these types of travel provide. Most airline passengers take these modes of transportation for granted because the threat of an accident is exceedingly rare. However, anyone who has stepped into a cockpit knows that these marvels of modern technology are exceedingly complex machines with highly advanced engines, navigation systems, communications systems, air pressure systems, landing gear systems, de-icing systems, etc. They must be well designed, manufactured to stringent specifications, scrupulously maintained, and professionally operated. When an airplane, jet plane or helicopter has a defective design, is improperly manufactured, or negligently maintained or operated, a serious aviation disaster may occur. When an aviation accident occurs, each victim generally suffers severe emotional and physical personal injury or wrongful death. Our lawyers at Joe Griffith Law Firm stand ready to assist you and your loved ones in the event of an aviation disaster. 

Admiralty & Maritime Injuries / Boating Maritime Accidents

Boating, maritime, skiing, sailing and waterfront accidents often involve serious injuries which can affect your ability to work and perform everyday tasks. Motorboats, sailboats, jet skis, tugboats, cruise ships, and tour boats can all be involved in accidents on the water. There are special laws and rules that apply to accidents on the water. At the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, located in Charleston, South Carolina, our attorneys and staff work closely with clients in order to evaluate the full impact of an injury and assess appropriate legal damages of a boat accident.


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Construction Accidents

The Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC is committed to helping South Carolina’s construction workers who have been injured on the job. While our goal is to help clients proactively avoid disputes, we are vigorous litigators when a fight is in the best interest of our clients. Client satisfaction is our number one goal.

The rapidly changing construction industry is a high-risk business in terms of worker safety, accidents and injuries. Construction workers are frequently exposed to dangerous equipment, machinery and work environments. In 2003, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest number of fatal work injuries was in the construction sector with a total of 1,126 deaths. Likewise, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has also reported that the highest level of nonfatal worker injuries, as measured on a lost-workday basis, is again in the construction industry with a rate of 5.7 days per 100 workers. 


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Automobile Manufacturer’s Liability

Recovering compensation from car manufacturers responsible for defects and design flaws that cause injuries and death requires technical expertise and experience. The attorneys at the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, have over 36 years of experience representing clients and trying personal injury cases. Our lawyers use expert witnesses to evaluate the cause and nature of automobile and truck design failures by manufacturers in order to maximize recoveries for our injured clients. 


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Highway Defects

Defects in the design or construction of a highway can create hazardous conditions and lead to accidents. The Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC , located in Charleston, South Carolina, represents people injured in accidents due to highway defects. Using engineering and survey experts, as well as computer technology, we identify defects in grading, slope, curvature, as well as incline that can lead to improper drainage and buckling. Typically, when a design or construction flaw is present, problems associated with hydroplaning, skidding, poor visibility, and other kinds of impairment often are the result.

Train and Railroad Accidents

Millions of people ride trains every day in the United States. However, when trains are not maintained, or when reckless drivers try to beat the train across the tracks, a serious accident may occur.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, there is a train accident about every three hours in the U.S. Also, train accidents tend to be more dangerous, especially when you consider the weight and high speeds trains can reach. 
The most common causes of train accidents:

· Collision with another train
· Derailment
· Collision with a car or bus
· Mechanical failure that leads to an accident
· Inadequate security on the train
· Dated and unsuitably maintained tracks
· Conductor Negligence

Workers' Compensation and On the Job Injuries

Every South Carolina employer and employee, with certain notable exceptions, is presumed to be covered by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Exceptions to this provision include railroad and railway express companies and employees, certain casual employees, Federal employees in South Carolina, businesses with less than four employees, agricultural employees, and certain real estate salespersons, and, by election, corporate officers.

Employers covered by the provisions of the Act are required to maintain insurance sufficient for the payment of compensation to an injured worker, or must furnish the Commission satisfactory proof of their ability to pay the compensation in the amount and manner due to an injured employee.


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Insurance Bad Faith

Insurance companies routinely fail to promptly and fairly pay their insured’s claim. At the Charleston, South Carolina Law Office of Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys are prepared to question claims adjusters, investigate insurance company practices, and challenge the insurance company's bad faith denials of coverage. We use experts to help defeat the methods and tactics used by insurers to avoid paying claims. That’s why our attorneys are successful in obtaining recoveries for our clients with respect to unscrupulous insurance practices.  Visit

Premises Liability

Entering a business, home, or parking lot shouldn’t put people at risk of serious injury. When home or business owners fail to ensure the safety of those who enter onto their property, they’re liable for any harm suffered as a result. At the Charleston Office of Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys have represented thousands of clients over the past 36 years in personal injury cases in South Carolina. Premises liability cases are investigated using accident reconstructionists, architects, structural engineers, and medical expects. Collecting evidence and building a case with demonstrable, verifiable facts, our attorneys work closely with clients to build the strongest case. 

The Charleston personal injury lawyers at the Office of Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC represent clients injured in cases involving the following kinds of premises liability:

· Injuries caused by code violations
· Injuries caused by disrepair to premises
· Injuries sustained due to blocked emergency exits
· Injuries due to the presence of toxic or dangerous substances
· Victims of crime on properties with inadequate security measures in place


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Products Liability

Manufacturers are required by law to comply with certain safety regulations in the design and production of their products. When an injury occurs as a result of a design flaw or manufacturing error, manufacturers can be held liable for any injuries suffered. At the Charleston, South Carolina Law Office of Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys consult with design engineers and product safety experts to uncover design flaws and errors that lead to injuries.

The consequences of dangerous product defects or failure can be substantial. The Charleston product liability attorneys at the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC represent clients in regard to the following kinds of product liability matters: design flaws, electrocution, tire blowouts, electrical fires, improper labeling, flammable products, inadequate safety features, defective appliances that cause injury.

Sexual Harassment

Many different kinds of conduct that are of a sexual nature may be sexual harassment, if the behavior is unwelcome and if it is severe or pervasive. However, courts have resisted adopting what they consider a workplace "code of conduct," or list of behavior that is automatically considered to be sexual harassment. As a result, if the conduct is not unwelcome or not severe or pervasive, courts will not necessarily consider each type of conduct listed below to be sexual harassment. The attorneys of the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC will file your sexual harassment, sex discrimination, hostile work environment or retaliation claims for you. 


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Child Sex Abuse and Sexual Molestation

The number of victims of childhood sexual abuse and molestation has grown each year in tandem with the growth of pornography on the Internet. Government statistics show that 90 percent of the predators who molest children have had some type of involvement with pornography. About 33% of girls and 14% of boys are molested before the age of 18, according to the U.S. Justice Department, and nearly 2/3s of all sexual assaults reported involved minors and roughly 1/3 involved children under the age of 12. It is estimated that 65% of child molestation cases go unreported because children are too frightened or embarrassed to do so. Pastors, priests, counselors, family members, teachers, and coaches -- many of the people children rely upon for guidance -- are often the perpetrators of these horrific acts. The statutes of limitation are often extended in these type cases. The attorneys at Joe Griffith Law Firm will do everything we can to hold perpetrators of child abuse accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We believe in fair and just compensation for the injuries inflicted upon the innocent victims of child molestation.

Dog and Animal Attacks

South Carolina law strongly protects the innocent victims of dog bites or dangerous animal attacks. These injuries are often extremely traumatic and disfiguring, resulting in serious psychological and physical injury. These types of injuries often occur with children as the victims.

The State of South Carolina’s liability statute, Code Section 47-3-110, provides that whenever a person is bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog while the person is in a public place or is lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner’s property or the property of a person having the dog in his care or keeping, the owner or keeper is liable for damages suffered by the person bitten or otherwise attacked.


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White Collar Criminal Defense

Many white collar crimes are especially difficult to prosecute because the perpetrators are sophisticated criminals who have attempted to conceal their activities through a series of complex transactions. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), white collar crime is estimated to cost the United States more than $300 billion annually. The most common white collar offenses include:

· Antitrust crimes
· Bank fraud
· Bankruptcy fraud
· Bribery
· Computer and internet fraud
· Counterfeiting
· Credit card fraud
· Criminal conspiracy
· Customs crimes
· Economic espionage
· Embezzlement
· Environmental crimes
· Financial fraud
· Government fraud
· Health care fraud
· Insider trading
· Insurance fraud
· Kickbacks
· Mail fraud
· Money laundering
· Phone and telemarketing fraud
· Public corruption
· Securities fraud
· Tax fraud
· Trade secret theft
· Wire fraud

Although white collar criminal charges are usually brought against individuals, corporations may also be subject to sanctions for these types of offenses. The penalties for white collar offenses include fines, home detention, community confinement, cost of prosecution, forfeitures, restitution, supervised release and imprisonment. However, sanctions can be lessened if the defendant takes responsibility for the crime and assists the authorities in their investigation. Any defenses available to non-white collar defendants in criminal court are also available to those accused of white collar crimes. 


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Business Litigation

Litigation is one of the most expensive, time consuming and stressful experiences that a business must face. At the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, our business dispute attorneys are experienced in litigation, arbitration and mediation of complex claims involving all types of businesses and industries.

Due to the complexity of most commercial disputes, the need for a seasoned business disputes lawyer cannot be overemphasized. Complex business disputes often involve thousands of pages of documents, highly technical interpretations of complicated laws, and multiple witnesses and parties. Oftentimes, the financial stakes are enormous for those involved in commercial litigation.

The Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC represents large and small businesses, individuals, officers, board members and employees in a wide variety of civil business and commercial disputes, including, but not limited to:

· Breach of contract
· Construction
· Insurance coverage and insurance fraud
· Qui tam / whistleblower / False Claims Act claims 

Securities and stock fraud
· Antitrust / price fixing
· Business fraud
· Unfair trade practices / unfair competition
· Bank / lender liability
· Trade secrets / intellectual property
· Employee compensation / non-compete covenants
· Business succession matters
· Real estate transactions

Our attorneys understand how federal and state laws regulate business and corporate legal disputes. We have access to a wide range of highly qualified experts and consultants to assist in evaluating and presenting your case. At every stage of litigation, from evaluation of claims, staffing and initial strategy development, to document and information management, trial preparation and settlement or verdict, we are focused on obtaining quick and favorable results for the client. Capable support staff, state-of-the-art document scanning and search capabilities, and computer-driven trial presentation programs keep our attorneys uniquely positioned to serve clients


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We handle cases throughout South Carolina, from the low country in the South East to Rock Hill and Greenville, and including Charleston, St. Andrews, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, North Augusta, Hilton Head Island, Greenwood, Saluda, Clinton, Lancaster, Darlington, Marion, Goose Creek, Richland County, Lexington County, Greenville County, Spartanburg County, Anderson County, York County, Horry County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Beaufort County, Sumter County, and the following SC Counties: Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Greenwood, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg and York. 


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