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HMD welcomes attorney Rebecca Griffey to the firm

May 21, 2014

Rebecca Davis Griffey is an experienced litigator with 14 years representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court litigation matters as well as matters in AAA and FINRA arbitration.

Rebecca is a 1993 graduate of Hutchison School in Memphis, Tennessee.  Rebecca went on to attend Harvard University as well as Smith College in Massachusetts and ultimately graduated in 1997 with Honors from Rhodes College Magna Cum Laude as a Phi Beta Kappa member.  Rebecca studied law at the University of Memphis School of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 3% of her class in 2000.  While at the University of Memphis School of Law, Rebecca served on both Law Review as well as the Moot Court Board.  She also served on the National Mock Trial Team, placing as a quarter finalist at the 1999-2000 competition.  Additionally, during law school, she was recognized for her academic achievements, receiving awards for the highest grade in Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Family Law, Administrative Law, Business Organization and Securities Regulation. 

In 2006, Rebecca received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell – a significant accomplishment that means she is rated by her peers at the highest level of professional excellence.  At the time she received this rating in 2006, she was one of the youngest attorneys in the country to receive an AV rating.

Rebecca practiced with the law firm of Tate Lazarini from 2000 to 2007 where she became a partner in 2005.  She worked initially in the firm’s Memphis, Tennessee office and later transferred to the firm’s Tampa, Florida office.  While with Tate Lazarini, Rebecca engaged exclusively in defense work, defending corporate entities in litigation and arbitration.  In October 2007, when Tate Lazarini merged with Bass Berry & Sims, Rebecca established her own plaintiff’s firm in Orlando, Florida, where she represented plaintiffs in state and federal court cases and arbitrations. 

After practicing 7 years in Florida, Rebecca relocated back to Tennessee with her husband and 2 daughters to live closer to family, and joined Hardee, Martin & Donahoe, P.A.

Areas of Practice include:

  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law (Divorce, Child Custody & Support)
  • Criminal Defense
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Securities Litigation, Broker Fraud and Investment Loss Recovery
  • Civil Rights Claims

Published Articles:

  • Enforceability of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Securities Industry Employment Discrimination Claims, 30 U. Mem. L. Rev. 857 (2000)
  • Arbitrator’s Powers To Issue Sanctions In Securities Arbitrations, Tennessee Bar Association Website (December 2001)
  • Comment To SEC On File Number SR-NASD-2003-158 Regarding Proposed NASD Customer Code (July 2005)
  • Comment To SEC On File Number SR-NASD-2005-032 Regarding Proposed Rule Allowing For Explained Decisions By NASD Arbitrators (August 2005)
  • A Refocus on the Issue of Punitive Damages:  But What Does It Mean To Businesses?, Memphis Business Journal (June 2006)
  • The Changing Face of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Memphis Lawyer Magazine (July/August 2006)
  • Has Arbitration Fallen Out Of Favor?  A Corporate Litigant’s Perspective, Memphis Lawyer Magazine (September/October 2006)

Speaking Engagements:

  • A Question of Law:  Securities Law Issues (The Library Channel, Nov. 2001)
  • The Law of Expert Testimony, National Business Institute CLE (2004)
  • Aligning Your Pleadings and Motions With Current Legislative Updates, National Business Institute CLE (2006)



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