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James Gantt Griffin

July 2, 1981 - January 15, 2013
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James G. Griffin, Esq. James Gantt Griffin, 31, a long-time resident of Las Vegas, passed away Jan. 15, 2013 at his home. He was born on July 2, 1981 at the Loma Linda Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA. He attended Montessori School through grade two, and then completed his elementary and middle school education at the Loma Linda Academy. He graduated from Horizon High School (1999) in Las Vegas, earned a B.A. degree from the University of Redlands in California (2004), and a Juris Doctor law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV in 2009. James was extremely proud of this accomplishment and always reminded us to place "Esq." after his name. After passing the Bar Examination for the state of Nevada, he was invited to join the staff at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, where he had previously served as an extern and law clerk. There he was able to realize his dream of helping those who otherwise could not afford expert legal representation. James was supported by mentors and co-workers who appreciated his contributions and he grew and matured as an attorney. In his effort to earn the respect of his colleagues, he prided himself on being the first one into the office in the morning and the last one to leave. Several hours were spent in the office each weekend preparing for his upcoming cases. He always felt that he was privileged to be a part of the team. In his law practice, the more helpless the clients, the harder he fought for...
James G. Griffin, Esq.

James Gantt Griffin, 31, a long-time resident of Las Vegas, passed away Jan. 15, 2013 at his home. He was born on July 2, 1981 at the Loma Linda Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA. He attended Montessori School through grade two, and then completed his elementary and middle school education at the Loma Linda Academy. He graduated from Horizon High School (1999) in Las Vegas, earned a B.A. degree from the University of Redlands in California (2004), and a Juris Doctor law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV in 2009. James was extremely proud of this accomplishment and always reminded us to place "Esq." after his name. After passing the Bar Examination for the state of Nevada, he was invited to join the staff at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, where he had previously served as an extern and law clerk. There he was able to realize his dream of helping those who otherwise could not afford expert legal representation. James was supported by mentors and co-workers who appreciated his contributions and he grew and matured as an attorney. In his effort to earn the respect of his colleagues, he prided himself on being the first one into the office in the morning and the last one to leave. Several hours were spent in the office each weekend preparing for his upcoming cases. He always felt that he was privileged to be a part of the team. In his law practice, the more helpless the clients, the harder he fought for them. Each time that he lost a case he took it personally and became more energized to do better the next time.

Even as a child, James had a penchant for helping the poor and disenfranchised, whether human or animal. Countless times he would bring stray pets home to nurture until they could be adopted. Even as a child, he had a personality that endeared him to all who knew him. He was fiercely loyal to his childhood friends and gave freely of his time and money to help those in need. He loved collecting old music LP's, fishing at Boulder City and Lake Mead and deep sea fishing. James loved to play video games, especially those providing interaction with other players. He liked old movies that portrayed underdogs that fought against the system and won. James was an eclectic. His work history prior to law included being a window washer, service station attendant, custodian at a country club, life guard in New Jersey, landscaper and check sorter. He even had a brief career at McDonald's. It is very likely that these experiences motivated James to help the poor and disenfranchised.

Life does not always present us with a perfect path to happiness and James had his share of personal issues to overcome. Over the years he seemed to be winning the battle, but from time to time, he would lose ground. Finally the Lord our Savior decided that James had fought enough and that it was time for James to enjoy eternal peace.

James is sorely missed by family and friends as shown by the many phone calls, e-mails, cards and Facebook entries that have been received.

He is survived by his parents, Dr's. Margaret and Ronald Griffin (Las Vegas, NV), his brother Anthony (Tokyo, Japan), grandmother Louise Griffin (Washington, D.C.), uncles and aunts James and Jean Slaughter (Alabama), Valeria and Harold Slaughter (Washington, D.C.), Brian Griffin (California), cousins Eric, Chandria, Lyn (Washington, D.C.), and Michael (Alabama).

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"James was a good soul. He cared for those around him with a genuine sense of empathy that is rarely seen. I knew him in high school and always appreciated..." Grant Haas (CA)

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