William Mell Griffin III

Product Liability, Medical Malpractice, and General Litigation


  • (501) 370-1515
  • griffin@fridayfirm.com
  • (501) 244-5327


Will Griffin represents major manufacturers nationally in product liability and other litigation.  His work also includes the defense of medical malpractice and general liability cases. Will has handled cases in nearly every state in the United States, having tried more than 80 jury trials.  He has been a lead counsel in the defense of manufacturers in lawsuits brought by dozens of municipalities and handled one of the most significant matters litigated before the Consumer Product Safety Commission in recent years.

Will is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is recognized as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Mid-South Super Lawyers in multiple areas for many years.


Best Lawyers Award Badge   



  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1979


  • Awarded Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, since 1995
  • Named Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2017
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers, since 2006; Top 50: 2016 Arkansas Super Lawyer List

Representative Clients

National Product Liability Counsel for:

  • Browning Arms Company
  • Daisy Manufacturing Company
  • JT Sports
  • U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Inc.

Insurance Company Clients:

  • Travelers
  • XL Insurance Companies
  • Zurich North America

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Arkansas Easter Seals Society, VIP Chairman, 1988—1999
  • DRI (formerly Defense Research Institute)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Pulaski County Bar Association, President, 2006—2007)
  • Trial Attorneys of America, Product Liability Defense
  • VOCALS, (Volunteers for Center for Arkansas Legal Services) Board of Directors and Chairman, 1997—2005
  • William R. Overton American Inn of Court Master of the Bench, Counselor, President, 2006—2007


  • Arkansas, 1982
  • Numerous Admissions Pro Hac Vice throughout the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Additional Links

2018 Best Lawyers 

2017 Benchmark Litigation

2017 The Best Lawyers

2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers