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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

Civic Involvement

  • Leadership Greater Jackson
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Board of Directors
    • Chair of the Board
    • Vice-Chair of the Board
    • Trustee
    • Co-Chair of Head of School Search Committee
  • St. Andrew's Cathedral
    • Senior Warden
    • Junior Warden
    • Vestry
    • Chair of Dean Search Committee
  • Grace House, Inc., Vice President


  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Project Development, 2012-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Economic Development Law, 2019
    • Energy Law, 2010-2019
    • Mediation, 2013-2019
    • Natural Resources Law, 2010-2019
    • Oil and Gas Law, 2010-2019
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Corporate/Commercial (Mississippi), 2008
    • Energy & Natural Resources (Mississippi), 2014-2018
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in America
  • 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.
  • Represented developers of 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 $1.45 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. 
  • Currently serves as lead Mississippi counsel for the development of a 2,000 MW HVDC transmission line involving 200 miles in Mississippi, including representation before the Mississippi Public Service Commission for a siting certificate.
  • Served as local counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy with respect to DOE’s proposed loan guarantees for the Kemper IGCC project.
  • 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.
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