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John Charles Griffin, Senior Counsel
Southern Natural Gas Company

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Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1978
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Project Development, 2012-2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law; Mediation; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Energy & Natural Resources (Mississippi) , 2016
  • Fellow, American Bar Endowment
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Governor-Elect Phil Bryant, Policy Transition Team, Energy Committee

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1978
    • Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., with distinction, 1975


  • Advised clients in development work for over $16 billion in projects.
  • Served as lead counsel in numerous large industrial and energy projects, handling or coordinating site selection, incentive, real estate, environmental, finance, regulatory and other project development activities.
  • Currently serves as lead outside counsel in the development of a $1.4 billion tire manufacturing facility which will create 2,500 new jobs.
  • Negotiated numerous economic development incentive agreements with the State and dozens of counties and cities, including over 50 fee-in-lieu tax agreements, reserved for projects $100 million or larger.
  • Represented an automotive company with regard to a state and local economic development incentive package for a $2 billion facility, including the negotiation of inducement agreements and working with the state in drafting special legislation for the project.
  • Served as lead Mississippi counsel for a number of pipeline projects ranging in size from $100 million to over $1 billion and totaling over 700 miles, with services including right-of-way acquisition, eminent domain actions, permitting, tax incentives, bond financing and environmental, real estate, regulatory and other commercial issues. 
  • Represented a number of independent power producers in connection with site selection, project development and on-going operations for over 15 facilities ranging in size from $250 to over $500 million, and in proceedings before the Public Service Commission.
  • Negotiated incentive packages for natural gas processing and underground storage facilities ranging from $100 to $300 million.
  • Represented the Mississippi Development Authority in connection with the negotiation and implementation of a $293 million incentive package for a steel mill.
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