Meet Brian J. Griffin
Criminal Defense (State & Federal)
Brian J. Griffin concentrates his practice of law in the areas of criminal
defense at the state and federal level. As the firm’s principal
New York criminal defense attorney, Mr. Griffin regularly attends court proceedings both in State and Federal
court and is often on trial. Mr. Griffin’s in-court trial experience
has proven invaluable for Foley Griffin, LLP’s clients. Mr. Griffin
is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Former Assistant District
Attorneys Association and the Nassau County Bar Association. Mr. Griffin
was President of the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association and
was also a member of the prestigious Judicial Screening Committee of the
Nassau County Bar Association. In 2010, Mr. Griffin was awarded the prestigious
Practitioner of the Year award by the Criminal Courts Bar Association.
He is also admitted to practice in the Federal Southern and Eastern District
of New York. Lastly, Mr. Griffin regularly appears as a legal commentator
and is regularly quoted in local newspapers such as Newsday.
Mr. Griffin is a life long resident of Long Island. Mr. Griffin attended
the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania where he graduated with honors
with a degree in Economics/Finance. Upon completion of his degree in Scranton,
Mr. Griffin returned home to New York to purse his law degree as a Dean’s
Merit Scholar at Brooklyn Law School. At Brooklyn Law, Mr. Griffin interned
for a Federal Judge and later the United States Attorney’s Office.
As a third year law student, Mr. Griffin joined the staff of the United
States Securities and Exchange Commission where he worked until graduation.
Immediately upon completion of his studies at Brooklyn Law and after taking
the New York State Bar Examination, Mr. Griffin continued his legal career
as a prosecutor. He joined the Nassau County District Attorney’s
Office located in Hempstead and Mineola, New York. At the DAs office,
Mr. Griffin was initially responsible for handling misdemeanor crimes
such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), assault, domestic violence and
traffic offenses. After a short time, he was promoted to the County Court
Trial Bureau. In the County Court, Mr. Griffin was responsible for handling
a wide range of felony offenses including felony DWIs, violent assaults,
burglaries and robberies. At the DAs office, Mr. Griffin tried numerous
cases to verdict and obtained valuable courtroom exposure. Mr. Griffin
was also appointed as a Special Prosecutor for the Suffolk County District
Attorney’s Office and handled a variety of prosecutions in Suffolk County.
In 1997, Mr. Griffin left the DAs office along with this colleague and
current law partner, Thomas J. Foley. The firm was originally located
in Mineola and moved to the current location in 2008.