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Mitchell S. Griffin

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Mitchell S. Griffin

900 Front Street,
Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94111
Main: (415) 438-4600
Direct: (415) 247-5277


Of Counsel

Mr. Mitchell S. Griffin, one of the founding partners of CWL, specializes in maritime and insurance matters, including insurance coverage disputes, and commercial litigation.

Mr. Griffin has over 30 years of experience in complex trials and appellate matters in both federal and state courts. He represents a variety of maritime and non-maritime clients, including marine and inland underwriters and companies involved in various modes of transportation (marine, rail, truck, and air) in matters concerning property damage, personal injuries, contract disputes and insurance coverage.

Mr. Griffin has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer by Law and Politics Magazine and San Francisco Magazine, which recognize excellence among the top 5% of Northern California attorneys in his practice area.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial, Maritime, Insurance, Construction, and Appellate law and Litigation


  • J.D., Hastings College of the Law (1984)
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles (1980)


  • State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court of the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • California State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • San Francisco Marine Exchange
  • San Francisco Marine Claims Association (Past President)
  • Association of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco


  • Named a Northern California Super Lawyer (2005 – present)