“I take pride in the service I provide to our clients. I know that you don’t trust your legal needs to anyone, which is why I work so hard to maintain your trust. I make sure that you are comfortable with every aspect of your legal proceedings. Every person seeking legal assistance deserves not only quality legal assistance, but also deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. I will be there to answer all your questions every step of the way.” -Beverly M. Griffor
Beverly Griffor has become involved in litigation and research nationwide. Much of Beverly’s work focuses on the application of scientific research in the courtroom. This blending of law and science is very important in matters involving custody disputes, criminal responsibility, and expert opinions. Beverly has successfully represented clients in criminal and civil trials, aided families in repairing damaged custodial relationships, and negotiated business transactions. She prides herself in her ability to get clients the best results possible in their unique situations.
Beverly graduated from the University of Michigan with a double majored Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Philosophy. In each major, Beverly sub-concentrated in both Criminology and Social Inequality. Upon graduation, Ms. Griffor interned in the University of Michigan Department of Psychology, where she was involved in research projects which focused on self-esteem and achievement as well as those involving juvenile criminal offenders and recidivism.
Beverly received her Juris Doctor from Ave Maria School of Law, focusing her studies on trial practice & appellate procedure. During her time studying law, she was involved in Law Review, Moot Court, and sat on the Executive Boards of multiple student organizations, including the Women’s Law Association and the Second Amendment Club.
Beverly holds a Ph.D. Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology. She has been involved in research in the areas of personality disorders, child testimony, family therapy, jury perception, and forensic evaluations.
Beverly also holds a Masters in Business Administration and uses her business experience to assist her corporate & business clients handle transactional matters, business formation, seeking non-profit status, business planning, purchases, HIPPA & legal compliance.
Beverly is a faculty member at the Concordia University Haab School of Business and has also taught at Jackson College. Her current course load includes undergraduate and graduate courses in Family Law, Juvenile Justice, and Criminal Psychology. She has also worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Criminal Defense
- Intellectual Property
- Business Transactions
- Probate Law
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
Publications and Presentations
- Brown, V., Gerd, L. Ilmer, R., Cabell, C., Moghaddem, E., Morgan, H., Griffor, B., Vasquez, S. and Beidas, F. (2022, August). Introduction and Development of the KOCCS. Presentation and Panel Discussion at The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Virtual.
- Griffor, B. and Vasquez, S., PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR LAWYERS in Lorandos, D. (Ed.) (2022, in press) The Litigators Handbook of Forensic Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology. Thomson Reuters, Eagan, MN.
- Griffor, B. (2020). Empathy Influences the Relationship Between Predicted Risk and Offense Severity for First Time Sex Offenders (ProQuest). Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.
- Griffor, B. (2018, June) Telemental Health in Correctional Settings. Michigan Sheriff’s Association: 2018 Summer Conference, Lansing, MI.
- Griffor, B. (2017). Perceived Credibility of Child Witness Statements Based on Age and Gender (ProQuest). Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.
- Griffor, B. (2017, May) Preparing for Expert Witnesses in Cases with Mental Health Implications. Western Michigan Cooley, Mental Health: A Michigan Perspective, Lansing, MI.
- Jacquin, K., Vasquez, S., Griffor, B., and Dallas, R. (2016). Neuropsychological test scores as an indicator of cluster B personality disorder characteristics. Unpublished manuscript.
- Griffor, B. (2015). Manifestations and Outcomes of Pediatric mTBI. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 50.2
- Beverly M. Griffor & Sarah B. Vasquez, The Benefits of Parenting Coordination, Res Ipsa Loquitur Vol 45, No. 2 (March/April, 2015)
- Jacquin, K., Vasquez, S., Griffor, B., and Dallas, R. (2015). Neuropsychological test scores as an indicator of cluster B personality disorder characteristics. Unpublished manuscript.
- Griffor, B. M. (2014, April, 30). The Introductory Neuroscience of Language [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://www.rifn.org/blog/the-introductory-neuroscience-of-language.
- Consultation and treatment in high conflict and parental alienation cases American Journal of Forensic Psychology March 1, 2013, pg 79.
- Beverly M. Griffor, Jury Selection 101: Making the Most of Voir Dire, Res Ipsa Loquitur Vol 42, No. 6 (November/December, 2012)
- Beverly M. Griffor, The Naked License: What Business Lawyers Need to Know to Protect Their Clients Against Trademark Abandonment, 2(1) Mich. Bus. L.J. 35 (2012)
- Beverly M. Griffor, Trademark 101: What a General Practitioner Needs to Know About a Trademark, Res Ipsa Loquitur 19 (Spring, 2012)
- Faculty, Concordia University Haab School of Business
- Former Faculty, Jackson College
- Speaker, Preparing for Expert Witnesses in Cases with Mental Health Implications. Western Michigan Cooley, Mental Health: A Michigan Perspective, Lansing, MI, May 2017.
- Speaker, 29th Annual Symposium: American College of Forensic Psychology, April 4, 2013
- Speaker, Speaking Engagement: Youth Criminality, Jackson Community College, September 15, 2012
- Speaker, Speaking Engagement: Criminal Justice, Jackson College, August 26, 2011
- Panel Discussion: Indigent Defense, WCBA’s Panel Discussion, September 7, 2009
- Speaker, Speaking Engagement: Juvenile Justice, September 22, 2008
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Washtenaw County Bar Association
- International Catholic Lawyers Society
- Institute of Continuing Legal Education
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Concordia University (Haab School of Business; Department of Family Life Education)
- State Bar of Michigan
- Ypsilanti Bar Association
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
- American Psychological Association, APA Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice
- American Psychological Association, APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
- American Psychological Association, APA Society for Couple & Family Psychology
- American Psychological Association, APA Society for Addiction Psychology
- American Psychological Association, APA Division of Trauma Psychology
Past Employment Positions
- Jackson Community College, Criminal Justice Department
- Jackson County, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
- University of Michigan Department of Psychology, Intern