Loving Open Houses and Open Water

Discovery with Adrienne M. Griffis

Published in 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine

By Adrienne M. Griffis on November 30, 2020


My nickname is … Dee. When my younger brother was learning to talk, he couldn’t pronounce Adrienne, so he called me “Dee” and the name stuck. 

I can’t go a day without … coffee. Keeping up with a busy trial practice and a new baby necessitates a lot of caffeine.

If you were in my office, you’d … probably run out screaming due to the mess. 

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … being a straight shooter. It annoys me when attorneys can’t or pretend not to recognize the weaknesses in their case.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a realtor. Going to open houses on Sundays is one of my favorite weekend pastimes. 

The talent I wish I had is … inserting a USB correctly on the first try.

The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … a power outage during a bad storm. The crazy part is that we kept trying the case in the dark. My client had to use his cellphone as a flashlight so I could see the exhibits.

My favorite song lyric is … “You can’t always get want you want/ But if you try sometimes, well, you might find/ You get what you need”

I wish I had invented … Zoom, which I had barely heard of prior to the pandemic and now use numerous times each day.

Nothing cheers me up like … a day at the lake. I love being on the water.

My guilty pleasure is … ice cream! I’m ashamed to admit that I eat about a pint per day. 

My favorite word is … not appropriate for all audiences. 

If I won the lottery I’d … donate half and use the other half to buy a beach house.

I collect … dachshund paraphernalia. The wiener jokes never get old!

The most annoying thing about my job is … when I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot during the day but my billable hours say otherwise. 

The question I’m tired of answering is … “Doesn’t being a ‘divorce lawyer’ make you question your marriage all the time?” No, it makes me feel grateful for my husband because he’s not doing all the things I hear about every day. 

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