Johnny D. Griggs
For the duration of his 38-year legal career, Johnny Griggs has supported and facilitated the success of clients under even the most difficult and high-stakes circumstances. As a lawyer and partner at prominent firms such as Sidley Austin, Johnny has successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurial enterprises in high-stakes, employment-related and complex business litigation matters.
Johnny has been a trusted advisor to a variety of high-profile clients, including a former Chief of Police of the City of Los Angeles, a former Superintendent of Schools for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Fabulous Forum (former home of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings), the President of the Los Angeles Urban League, a prominent civil rights leader in the City of Los Angeles, a world-renowned artist, and a number of prominent CEOs.
Johnny also lends his time and expertise to causes relating to public education and urban issues. As a civil activist, Johnny has restructured, led and counseled a number of significant public benefit corporations, as well as represented clients successfully in significant civil rights litigation.
His pro bono work and public service has won him numerous accolades, including the African-American Insurance Professionals Association Community Service Award, a Los Angeles City Council Commendation for Public Service, the ACLU of Southern California Pro Bono Civil Rights Award, a Los Angeles County Commendation for Public Service, and the Langston Bar Association Loren Miller Lawyer-of-the-Year Award. In 1993, Johnny was designated as one of the top 25 lawyers in California under the age of 45.
During his career, Johnny has published numerous articles on employment law and has lectured extensively on issues pertaining to employment law, including privacy, discrimination, diversity and elimination of bias in the workplace. He has also been a frequent speaker respecting diversity and elimination of bias in the legal profession, as well as issues relating to “success skills” for people of color and other diverse groups in the legal profession.