William Mell Griffin III


Product Liability, Medical Malpractice & General Litigation


501-370-1515 griffin@fridayfirm.com
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400 West Capitol Ave. Suite 2000 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201


William Mell Griffin III represents major manufacturers nationally in product liability and other litigation.  His work also includes the defense of medical malpractice and general liability cases. Will has handled cases in nearly every state in the United States, having tried 85 jury trials. He has been a lead counsel in the defense of manufacturers in lawsuits brought by dozens of municipalities and handled one of the most significant matters litigated before the Consumer Product Safety Commission in recent years.

Will serves as the vice-chairman of the firm's Management Committee.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is recognized as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation and has been ranked by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers in multiple areas of law. 


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1979


  • Awarded Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, since 1997
    • Personal Injury Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation
    • Insurance and Medical Malpractice - Defendants, since 2019
  • Named Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2017
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, General Litigation, 2020
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers List, 2012 to present;
    • Top 50: Arkansas

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Representative Clients

National Product Liability Counsel for:

  • Browning Arms Company
  • Daisy Manufacturing Company
  • JT Sports
  • U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Inc.

Insurance Company Clients:

  • The Doctors Company
  • XL Insurance Companies
  • CNA Insurance Companies

Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Arkansas Easter Seals Society, VIP Chairman, 1988-1999
  • DRI (formerly Defense Research Institute)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Pulaski County Bar Association, 1982-present; President, 2006-2007
  • Trial Attorneys of America, Product Liability Defense
  • VOCALS, (Volunteers for Center for Arkansas Legal Services) Board of Directors and Chairman, 1997-2005
  • William R. Overton American Inn of Court Master of the Bench, 1991-2020; Counselor, President, 2006-2007


  • Arkansas, 1982
  • Numerous Admissions Pro Hac Vice throughout the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas