Carson Griffis focuses his practice in insurance services with particular emphasis on insurance coverage matters. He is involved in all phases of the litigation process, including the research and drafting of opinions and dispositional orders in a variety of complex civil cases. In addition to his insurance law practice, Mr. Griffis has a substantial background in appellate matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in March 2017, Mr. Griffis was for more than two years a law clerk to the Honorable David W. Ellis and the Honorable James R. Epstein, both of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District. Mr. Griffis began his legal career as an associate with a plaintiffs' firm, gaining experience in property tax appeals. He joined the Office of the State Appellate Defender where for two years he researched and drafted appellate briefs, petitions for rehearing, and petitions for leave to appeal on behalf of indigent criminal appellants.

In addition to his other law school accomplishments, Mr. Griffis graduated as Valedictorian of his law school class. During law school he worked as an extern to the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

Professional Affiliations

  • Appellate Lawyers Association, Cases Pending Committee (2016–2017)


  • "Police Safety vs. Privacy: Illinois and U.S. Supreme Courts Continue to define Limits of Police Investigations During Traffic Stops," CBA Record, July/August 2016.
  • "What Seems to be the Problem, Officer? People vs. Cummings and Illinois Traffic Stops," CBA Record, November 2014.
  • "Ending a Peculiar Evil: The Constitution, Campaign Finance Reform, and the Need for a Change in Focus After Citizens United v. FEC," 44 Marshall L. Rev. 773 (2011).
  • "Should States Ban Contingency Fee Agreements Between Attorneys General and Private Attorneys?" Vol. 20, Issue 3 The Prof. Lawyer 22 (2010).


J.D., summa cum laude, The John Marshall Law School, 2011

  • Student Articles Editor, The John Marshall Law Review

B.S., Political Science and History, University Wisconsin at Madison, 2008