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 managing discovery and drafting dispositive motions in declaratory judgment actions, as well as drafting opinion letters on complex coverage questions. Carson also maintains a substantial general appellate practice.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw in 2017, Carson gained significant experience in appellate practice. For over two years, he served as a law clerk to Justices David W. Ellis and James R. Epstein in the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court. Before that, Carson worked in the Office of the State Appellate Defender, where he pursued dozens of appeals on behalf of indigent criminal defendants.

Carson graduated as valedictorian of his law school class in 2011. During law school he served 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, Member (2016–present)


  • "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