Griffin Terry Sumner
Griffin is an accomplished appellate lawyer, focused on solving clients’ legal challenges—effectively and efficiently—with discerning analysis, incisive legal writing, and experienced advocacy. Clients praise her common sense approach to disputes and her ability to translate sophisticated legal arguments and technical jargon in ways that can inform and persuade judges.
Griffin leads appellate teams in a wide variety of cases: briefing and arguing appeals ranging from constitutional challenges to products liability claims to commercial disputes and employment claims – and everything in between. She has been appellate counsel in over 160 matters in the Kentucky appellate courts, in addition to handling appeals in many other federal and state appellate courts.
Griffin also regularly consults with clients and their trial counsel to develop and preserve arguments for future appeals and to assist with preservation of error at trial proceedings. Clients seek Griffin’s analysis and evaluation of cases before, during, and after trial for potential appeal or settlement.
Griffin is the co-author of the Appellate Practice treatise in West-Thomson’s Kentucky Practice series, and a contributing author of Kentucky-based chapters to two American Bar Association treatises: Superseding and Staying Judgments and the Appellate Practice Compendium. As a member of the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and the Kentucky Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee, she is also a frequent presenter on appellate topics and legal writing.
University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1995
Order of the Coif
Editorial board of the University of Cincinnati Law Review
Book awards for Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Contracts I & II, Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Practice & Procedure
Centre College, B.A., 1989
LPM Institute, Fundamental Skills of Legal Project Management, Certificate, June 2021
Supreme Court of Kentucky
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
AV® Preeminent™ Rated, Martindale Hubbell®
Kentucky Super Lawyers (Appellate Practice)
Louisville Magazine’s Top Lawyers (Appellate Practice)
Council of Appellate Lawyers, Member; Executive Board, 2007-2010
American Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee
Appellate Practice Journal, Co-Editor, 2005-2009
Kentucky Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee, Chair, 2011-2012
Louisville Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee, Chair 2010-2011
Louisville Bar Association, Member
Volunteer and fundraiser for various charitable organizations, including St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Lakeside Swim Team, American Association for the Hard of Hearing, and Sacred Heart Academy.
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May 22, 2018 | Experience
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April 1, 2011 | Experience
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May 4, 2006 | Experience
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