Education & Honors

University of Chicago Law School, 2004, J.D., with Honors

University of Chicago Law Review

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997, PhD

German Chancellor Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Harvard College, 1991, B.A., with High Honors

Phi Beta Kappa

Bar admissions



Professional activities and community service

Board of Trustees, Rocky Mountain Harvard University Club


Fluent in German

John R. Griffin

Denver Office
1801 Wewatta Street
Suite 1200
Denver, CO 80202
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Professional Practice

Bartlit Beck LLP, 2008-2012, Associate; 2012-Present, Partner

Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP, 2004-2008, Associate

John is a general corporate and transactional attorney whose practice is focused in two areas: investment funds and leveraged acquisitions.  John advises a variety of private equity and hedge funds as well as investors in such funds; his fund experience includes domestic and international funds and covers fund formations, SEC examinations and compliance matters.  John also advises financial and strategic buyers and sellers with respect to acquisitions, dispositions and financings.  He has extensive experience representing borrowers and lenders in leveraged buyouts, secured loans and other types of debt financings, and he represents both issuers and investors in preferred stock offerings.  His experience spans a broad range of industries including technology (software and hardware), oil and gas, industrial services, chemicals, metals and natural resources, aerospace, tooling, consumer products, and shipping and other marine services. He has also advised several clients with respect to workout situations.

John graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in 2004 and began his legal career at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, before moving to Denver and joining Bartlit Beck in 2008.  John has been a partner of the firm since 2012.

Notable experience


Platte River Equity

  • Formation of $400 million private equity fund and parallel funds.
  • SEC examination and ’40 Act compliance matters.
  • Capital commitment based revolving and bridge loan facilities.

Cheyenne Capital

  • Private equity co-investments in various portfolio companies.
  • SEC examination and ’40 Act compliance matters.

Gotham Capital

  • Formation and restructuring of several US and offshore hedge funds investing in U.S. and European equity markets.
  • ’40 Act and Commodities Exchange Act compliance matters.

Taiyo Pacific Partners

  • Formation of Taiyo India Fund, a hedge fund investing in India and located in the Republic of Mauritius.
  • Formation of Taiyo Pearl Fund and Taiyo Cypress Fund, hedge funds investing in Japan and Japanese businesses.
  • ’40 Act compliance and related matters.

University of San Diego / Other Investors

  • Review potential investments in private equity and hedge funds and other alternative investment opportunities


MFG Chemical

  • Senior secured revolving, term and delayed draw credit facilities in connection with acquisition of MFG Chemical, LLC, a specialty chemical manufacturer of surfactants, polymers and esters.

Huskie Tools and Jameson

  • Senior secured revolving, term and delayed draw credit facilities in connection with acquisition of Huskie Tools, Inc., a provider of hydraulic power tools and hoists, and Jameson, LLC, a manufacturer of tools and lighting solutions.

Trico Marine Services

  • Rule 144A offering of $400 million senior secured notes and $33 million senior secured revolving credit facility for offshore oilfield services company.

Mezzanine, DIP Financings and Workouts

  • Represented mezzanine lender in $25 million debtor-in-possession financing of a private company with $400 million of unpaid debt.  Super priority credit agreement and credit bid for company’s core assets.
  • Represent various lenders in mezzanine debt and preferred stock investments in small and middle market companies.
  • Represented prominent equity investor in workout of large private company requiring restructuring of senior debt facilities and stay of pending shareholder litigation.

Strategic Lending Transactions

  • Represented large public mining company in secured loan transaction to coal supplier and inter-creditor with existing senior and junior lenders.
  • Represented Fortune 50 company in $50 million senior secured loan to a private jet leasing company.


Ambassadors Group, Inc.

  • Divestiture of BookRags, Inc., a provider of online book summaries, study guides and other student and teacher resources.

Eleutian Technologies LLC

  • Governance and investment related advice in connection with acquisition and disposition of Eleutian Technologies LLC, a provider of online language instruction.

TenFold Corporation

  • PIPE and preferred stock offerings.
  • Going private merger transaction with Versata Enterprises.