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John Kevin Griffin
Kevin as he is known by his family, friends and colleagues, received his law degree in 1989 from DePaul University
College of Law in Chicago. He is a trial lawyer and member of the Florida Justice Association. In his 23 years of civil trial law practice
he has handled cases involving auto accidents, wrongful death cases, medical malpractice, Cruise Ship passenger injuries,
airplane crashes, boating injuries, business premises liability, harmful products liability, Jones Act, Maintenance and Cure,
and Seaworthiness personal injury claims of maritime workers on towboats, barges and other vessels.
Home based in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he is a member and past president of the Saint Lucie County Bar
Association, member and past president of the Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library, a volunteer Voting Rights
Attorney. He is the past president of the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter, and past coordinator its Young Eagle
flight program which gives children an introductory flight in an airplane. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
and a life member of the the United States Marine Corps Combat Helicopter Association (PopaSmoke).
Kevin is a parishoner of Saint Anastasia Catholic Church.
He has a commercial pilot license with an instrument rating.
Kevin opened his law practice in Pensacola in 1990. There he was a member of the Inns of Court, the Escambia Santa Rosa County
Bar Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, American Justice Association, The NTSB Bar Association, the Navy Flying Club, the
Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, and a board member of
the Sacred Heart Catholic School.
On a personal note Kevin is married and the father of five children. He was born and raised on the Southwest side of Chicago the seventh
of eight children of his late mother and father, Lucille Gallagher Griffin,(formerly of Ballina, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland
(deceased 2007)) and William Francis Griffin (deceased 1990).
Kevin received his elementary education at Saint Patricia's Catholic School in Hickory Hills, Illinois. In 1967-1968 he attended
Saint Bede Academy college preparatory in Peru, Illinois. Then from 1968-1969 he attended Mount Carmel High School in Los Angeles,
California. He returned to Chicago in 1969 and attended Saint Laurence High School until graduation in 1971. At 17 years old with
the Vietnam War continuing to rage on Kevin delayed college for several years having drawn draft lottery #350. During this time he worked
full time first as an automotive parts counterman, then a plumber's helper, a millwright, steel mill worker, and finally as a
janitor at the Palmer House Hotel in downtown Chicago. In 1974 Kevin entered Memphis State University in Tennessee and pursued a liberal
arts education and earned his Bachelors Degree in 1979. While attending the university full time he worked as a dock-hand
for a major trucking firm, as a stage hand for Memphis local International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Workers, and
he was employed full time as an intake officer for the Memphis Shelby County Juvenile Court. In his senior year at Memphis
Kevin was recruited by the United States Marine Corps for flight school and officer training.
United States Marine Corps
In 1980, Kevin earned his officer commission in the United States Marine Corps having completed Officer Candidate School
and The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. He promptly transferred to Naval Flight Training in Pensacola and became a
Naval Aviator. As a Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant he was assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron HMM-163 at Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin,
California. Kevin flew the Boeing CH-46 helicopter. In 1986 after two successful flying tours of sea duty he transferred to the in-active
reserve and entered law school full time graduating in 1989.
After graduation from law school Kevin moved to Pensacola, Florida and joined the 4th Marine Air Wing Select Marine Corps Reserve
where he flew on the weekends. In Pensacola a former commanding officer requested his assistance to establish a volunteer program at the
Naval Air Museum and assist in establishing its library and the museum's application for National Museum status.
During this time Captain Griffin was assigned to fly the UH1N Huey at Naval Air Station New Orleans in Belle Chase,
Louisiana. He was ordered to Camp Pendleton, California for temporary temporary active duty to learn
the Huey weapon systems. While at Camp Pendleton he received word of passing the Florida Bar exam. After completing the training in the Huey
he returned home to Pensacola and opened his law practice.
Salvaged Navy Airplane from Lake Michigan
After returning from California in 1990 the National Museum of Naval Aviation commissioned Kevin to plan,
organize and execute a salvage operation of a rare World War II Navy Dive Bomber that had crashed into the lake in 1943
during carrier landing training. In October of 1990, his salvage crew recovered the Douglas Dauntless (SBD) dive bomber
from 130 feet of water 15 miles east of Chicago's Navy Pier. This Dauntless Dive Bomber now is fully restored and
part of the collection of the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
On a sad note, the week before Kevin completed the salvage operation, his father, William Francis Griffin, lost the battle with cancer.
The Gulf War and Marines
One month after the salvage operation in Chicago, Kevin was ordered back to active duty by the Marine Corps for
Operation Desert Storm. On New Years Eve 1990, Kevin and his New Orleans squadron mates
in an Air Force C-5 transport plane with several Huey Gunships tucked in the cargo bay landed in the middle of the night on a remote
air field in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield which became Operation Desert Storm the 1st Gulf War. Kevin flew
missions into Kuwait and was decorated with the Air Medal. He returned home on April 15, 1991 and was brevetted to the rank of Major.