Robert H. Griffin

Attorney in Raleigh, NC
Robert H. Griffin (Rob) is the Chair of the firm's Trucking and Commercial TransportationPracticeGroup, and also co-Chair of the General Liability Litigation Practice Group. Rob has defended a wide variety of civil cases since 1986, and has been a member of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog since 1990. Rob now concentrates his practice in the defense of trucking and commercial transportation claims and lawsuits, including the investigation and coordination of investigations of such accidents prior to suit being filed. He also defends a variety of other types of cases involving serious or catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.

Rob also has in-depth experience in handling lawsuits, disputes and inquiries regarding insurance coverage, both commercial and personal. He is recognized as one of the leading authorities in North Carolina in the area of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Rob has litigated hundreds of these cases in his career, and has, on numerous occasions, spoken and written on these issues.

In his career, Rob has tried dozens of jury trials, and has also defended many bench trials and arbitrations. His clients in these trials have included major corporations, trucking companies, bus companies, municipalities/governmental entities, insurance carriers, and individuals.Rob has successfully defended numerous cases on appeal before the N.C. Supreme Court and the N.C. Court of Appeals.He has also obtained defense verdicts in numerous jury trials in motor vehicle, trucking and commercial transportation suits.

The firm's General Liability Litigation Section and the Trucking & Commercial Transportation Section (both of which are chaired by Rob) are active in providing continuing education for our clients and prospective clients. Rob has led and participated in many programs and seminars given on location and tailored specifically to the clients' needs, including substantive legal issues, claims handling, prevention of accidents and litigation, document retention, etc.

Rob also maintains an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell, the most prestigious peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached the highest levels of skill and integrity.

Rob and his wife, Charlotte, are long-time residents of Raleigh, and have three sons, Zack & Davis (twins born in 1992) and Sam (1995). They are very involved members of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, where Rob has served as an elected member of the Vestry and as chair/member of numerous committees and programs. Between work, Church, and coaching/cheering his sons in soccer, basketball, and baseball, Rob also finds (some) time for running, reading, and the occasional round of golf.

Articles Presentations and Publications
•The Harmonie Group 2012 Spring Transportation Conference, Event Organizer
•“Claims Evaluation,” Accident Evidence Evaluation Session, The Harmonie GroupSpring Transportation Conference, 2012
•“Working Together: Cost-Efficiency in Managing Litigation and Moving Cases Forward,” The Harmonie Transportation Seminar, 2011 & 2012
•“Common Evidentiary Issues,” Arkansas Trucking Seminar, 2011
•Presenter - “In Search of a Fair Shake:Bifurcation of Civil Trials in Trucking Cases,” The Harmonie Group Transportation Seminar in Nashville, TN and in Atlanta, GA, 2010
•Presenter - “Preparing the Truck Driver for Deposition,” The Harmonie Group Transportation Seminar in Phoenix, AZ and in Dallas, TX, 2009
•“Preparing and Presenting Your Damages Case,” Wake Forest University School of Law - Civil Trial Practice Seminar, 2008
•Presenter - “High-Low Arbitration,” The Harmonie Group Trucking and Transportation Industry Seminar, 2006 & 2008
•“Motions in Limine/Jury Selection,” N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys, 2005
•“Trucking Law and Cases in North Carolina,” Ryder Trucks, 2005
•“Recent Case Law and Developments in General Liability Litigation,” CSH Seminar 2003, 2005
•“Jury Selection,” N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys, 2003
•“A Walk Through a Defense Case,” N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys Young Lawyers Advocacy Skills Seminar, 2003
•“Damages: Personal Injury, Economic Loss, and Property Damage,” Wake Forest University, 2002
•“Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in North Carolina,” National Business Institute, 2002
•“Nuts and Bolts of a Defense Case,” N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys Rookie Seminar, 2002
•“The Interplay Between Workers Compensation Liens and UM/UIM Coverage,” CSH Seminar, 2002
•Case Presentation, Southeastern Freight Lines Claims Litigation Partnership Conference, 2000
•“Insurance Coverage and Policy Issues,” CSH Seminar, 1997
•“Anatomy of a Closed Head Injury Case: Defense Perspective,” N.C. Bar Association, 1994

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Areas of Law

  • Insurance Law & Coverage
  • Motor Vehicle Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Trucking & Commercial Transportation


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1986, North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina

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Law School Attended

Wake Forest University School of Law
Class of 1986
Moot Court Board, Phi Delta Phi

University Attended

Wake Forest University
Class of 1983
cum laude

Associations & Memberships

Professional Civic and Community Activities
•The Harmonie Group Trucking/Transportation Committee, Chair: 2012-2013; Vice-Chair: 2011 - 2012
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Representative Cases

Representative Matters; Successfully defended a national propane manufacturer in a Superior Court jury trial involving amputation of plaintiff's leg. Obtained a defense verdict in a 3 week wrongful death jury trial against a tractor-trailer company. Plaintiff sought over $5.4 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury found no negligenc... More

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(919) 863-3521


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Robert H. Griffin
 P.O. Box 27808,
Raleigh, NC 27611-7808


Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Raleigh, North Carolina)

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