Griffin H. Williams


Griffin H. Williams
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Griffin H. Williams is an associate at Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp, LLP. His practice focuses on all major areas of environmental litigation and compliance, with particular focus on matters concerning hazardous waste mitigation, water contamination, endangered species protection, and land use.

Griffin earned his J.D. from Berkeley Law, where he earned a certificate of specialization in Energy & Clean Technology Law, was the Senior Publishing Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly, and served as a student clinician in the Environmental Law Clinic. Prior to law school, Griffin attended the University of Southern California (USC), graduating magna cum laude with degrees in History and Political Science.

Growing up as the son of former National Park Rangers in rural southwest Colorado, I have been fascinated by the inherent tension between conservation and development for as long as I can remember. This fascination drove me to pursue a career in environmental law, a field which I see as humanity’s best attempt to strike the right balance between competing interests based on science, history, and forward-thinking policy. Whether it is rectifying past mistakes or preparing for the future, I am honored to assist my clients with their most daunting environmental challenges.


Griffin counsels clients in the following areas:

  • Litigation and counseling arising out of state and federal environmental and land use statutes and regulations, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, CEQA, NEPA, and the federal and California Endangered Species Acts
  • Prosecution and defense of claims for recovery of environmental cleanup costs and related damages
  • Endangered species permitting and conservation


University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley Law), J.D., 2023

  • Energy & Clean Technology Certificate
  • Prosser Prize: Environmental Law & Policy; Energy Project Development & Finance
  • Dean’s Fellowship
  • Senior Publishing Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly, 2021-2023

University of Southern California (USC), B.A., magna cum laude, History and Political Science, 2019

  • Trustee Scholar (full-tuition merit scholarship)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Highest Honors in the History Major
  • Discovery Scholar Prize (for one of ten best undergraduate research papers)
  • Lois Banner Award for Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis
  • Lois Banner Award for Best Undergraduate History Paper
  • USC Libraries Research Award
  • Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellow
  • Shoah Foundation Fellow


Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers program for Environment, Land Use, and Real Estate (ELURE)


Bar Association of San Francisco
American Bar Association


State Bar of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California