Johnny Darnell Griggs is a Special Counsel in Bradley & Gmelich LLP’s Employment Law Department. Mr. Griggs has over three decades of experience practicing law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Griggs was a partner and award-winning litigator at prominent law firms and successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurial enterprises in high-stakes, employment-related and complex litigation matters.
During his career, Mr. Griggs has handled all aspects of employment law, including class action defense, wage and hour, hiring and firing, workplace discipline, workplace privacy, trade secrets and proprietary information, non-competition and non-solicitation provisions, and human resources management. Mr. Griggs also represents employers in employment-related litigation, including claims alleging race, age, gender, disability and sexual orientation discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, as well as related tort and contract claims.
Mr. Griggs also lends his legal expertise to causes relating to education and urban issues. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Abraham Lincoln University School of Law and Irvine University College of Law. His pro bono work and public service has won him numerous accolades, including the African-American Insurance Professionals Association Community Service Award, the Los Angeles City Council Commendation for Public Service, 2003, and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California Pro Bono Civil Rights Award.
As a civil activist, Mr. Griggs has restructured, led and counseled a number of significant public benefit corporations, as well as represented clients successfully in significant civil rights litigation. As a consultant, he has advised numerous entities on issues related to human resources, diversity, strategic planning, governance and corporate culture.
Yale Law School (J.D.), New Haven, Connecticut, 1983.
Lewis & Clark College (B.S., Communications), 1980.
Author, “Overcoming the Succession Planning Conundrum,” Law Practice, November/December 2016
Circuit City Ruling Shelves Most Arbitration Clauses, Los Angeles Daily Journal (February 28, 2002)
Investigate and Remedy, Los Angeles Daily Journal (December 27, 2001)
Sexual Harassment, in Law Firms?, California Lawyer (June 2001)
Lady Justice Not Blind to Sexual Harassment in Law Firms, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (January 15, 2001)
Awards and Certifications
Named One of Los Angeles’ Top Black Attorneys by L.A. Focus Magazine, 2011
African-American Insurance Professionals Association Community Service Award, 2006
Los Angeles City Council Commendation for Public Service, 2003
ACLU Foundation of Southern California Pro Bono Civil Rights Award, 2001
One of the Top 25 California Lawyers under the Age of 45, 1993
Los Angeles County Commendation for Public Service, 1992
Langston Bar Association Loren Miller Lawyer-of-the-Year Award, 1991
Speaker, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, Spring Taxation Conference, County Counsels’ Association of California, 2014
Panelist, “A Comprehensive Business Development and Digital Marketing Technology Plan: Leveraging These Tools to Achieve and Maintain
ompetitive Advantage” ALM LegalTech West Coast Conference, 2014
Speaker, “Preparing HR for Deposition and Trial,” National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, 2014
Speaker, “Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession,” Spring Taxation Conference, County Counsels’ Association of California, 2014
Speaker, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, Buchalter Nemer, 2011
Speaker, Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law, Part II, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2011
Speaker, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession: A Quarter Century Retrospective, State Bar of California, 2011
Keynote Speaker, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, 2009
Keynote Speaker, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, Sidley Austin, 2008