Montgomery County, May 3 – “It’s Hammer Time,” the popular Facebook Live and YouTube show at MCP.TV, will host Montgomery County Attorney B.D. Griffin today at noon. Griffin, a native of Montgomery County, served as First Assistant County Attorney since January, 2015, under popular County Attorney JD Lambright, who passed away in March. The Montgomery County Commissioners Court appointed the brilliant Griffin, a double-Board-Certified attorney, to succeed his beloved boss.
Callers will have the opportunity to speak directly with Griffin during the show by calling 832.990.9170 during the live presentation.
The show will air from 12 noon to 1 p.m. today, Friday, April 26, and will continue with encore presentations throughout the weekend.
To watch the show, please go to MCP.TV on Facebook or YouTube. To call in with a question, please call 832.990.9170 during the live presentation.
Lambright named Griffin his First Assistant County Attorney in 2015. Griffin has continued to manage the Real Estate Division of the County Attorney’s Office as well. As the lead real estate attorney for the County government, Griffin has been responsible for legal issues pertaining to roads, subdivisions, ordinances, land use, eminent domain, sales or other dispositions of real estate, and acquisition and leasing of real estate. He also represents Montgomery County in state and federal litigation involving real estate, land use regulation and flood plain enforcement.
Griffin, whose legal name is Benjamin Devane Griffin, is a life long citizen of Montgomery County whose family has lived in this area for well over a century. The Texas Bar admitted Griffin to practice in 1984. He also has attorney admissions before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as well as several of the United States District Courts in Texas.
Griffin is a double-Board Certified attorney in the fields of Commercial Real Estate Law and Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He became a Board-Certified attorney in 1997. Griffin is also a member of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, the Litigation Section, and the Government Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He served as President of the Montgomery County Bar Association from 1994 to 1995.
BD Griffin graduated from Conroe High School in 1975. He received a Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, in 1975 from Trinity University. Griffin’s musical specialty is playing the pipe organ. He is the replacement organist for St. James Episcopal Church where he and his wife, Chevis, attend regularly. Griffin also plays the piano and the harpsichord. In fact, Griffin and his sister donated a harpsichord to the Church.
Griffin spoke fondly of his years at Trinity University, which regularly ranks as one of the strongest liberal arts schools in the United States. “When I was at Trinity, we had the largest pipe organ in Texas with seventy-five hundred pipes and one hundred and eight ranks.”
He graduated from South Texas College of Law, summa cum laude, in 1983.
Montgomery County’s County Attorney is actually a fifth generation public servant in Montgomery County. His great great grandfather, BD Griffin, was the Montgomery County Clerk in the late 1800s. His great grandfather, WF Griffin, was the County Clerk until his death in 1928. His grandfather, BD Griffin, served on the Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees. Griffin’s father, William F. Griffin, was Montgomery County District Attorney for one term from 1960 to 1964. (Yes, Griffin confirmed that the names “WF” or “William F.” and “BD” or “Benjamin Devane” skip generations in his family!)
Several readers have asked about Griffin’s political views. Griffin regularly votes in the Republican Primary Election.
Griffin said unequivocally that he is “Pro-Life” and that he considers himself “a conservative.” His work has First Assistant County Attorney has shown his commitment to open government and governmental transparency.
While Griffin believes that tollroads “can be a tool used in the proper place and time, it’s a policy decision whether or not to use them.” Griffin confirmed that he agrees with 2018’s Republican Primary Proposition 2 where 91% of voters stated that citizens should have the right to vote for or against tollroad projects before government funds or constructs them.