Griffen Thorne, Attorney

Griffen Thorne

Griffen is an attorney in Harris Bricken’s Los Angeles office, where he focuses his practice on advisory, litigation, and regulatory matters across a wide variety of industries. His litigation practice includes patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, entertainment, false advertising, unfair competition, and complex commercial disputes throughout the United States. In that capacity, Griffen has argued (and won) many dispositive and other motions, participated as a member of trial and arbitration teams, and argued before the California Court of Appeals.

In addition to litigation, Griffen’s practice also includes trademark prosecution and non-litigation enforcement of intellectual property rights. Griffen is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the United States (“CIPP/US”) and Europe (“CIPP/E”), and he assists clients in data breach counseling and response, compliance with privacy laws, and drafting website privacy policies.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Griffen studied music at the University of California, Berkeley, and attended law school at Loyola University of Chicago, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.

In his free time, Griffen enjoys traveling and studying languages.

More About Griffen

Speaking Engagements

Hemp & CBD Law: The Future of a Booming But Largely Unregulated Industry,” HB Litigation Conferences, July 25, 2019.

It Could Happen to You: Cannabis Agency Litigation and Enforcement,” Harris Bricken Webinar, April 23, 2019.

The Business of Marijuana in Southern California,” The Seminar Group, March 28, 2019.

West Coast Hemp CBD After the Farm Bill,” Harris Bricken Webinar, February 21, 2019.

Media Appearances

At Cannabis Shops, Face Recognition Is Already a Thing,” Vice, August 2, 2019.

China Privacy Policy Tougher Than GDPR, Attorney Writes,” MediaPost, July 15, 2019.

California may soon join other states in legalizing CBD foods, bypassing FDA,” Hemp Industry Daily, June 5, 2019.

CBD Is Still Banned in States With Legal Weed,” Reason TV, April 20, 2019.

How the unsteady rise of the pot industry has made dime bags a billion-dollar business,” MarketWatch, March 1, 2019.

The CBD Crackdown Has Begun,” The Atlantic, February 6, 2019.

Getting pot delivered to your door just got easier in California,” KRON4, February 5, 2019.

The Sad News About CBD Cupcakes,” The Atlantic, January 15, 2019.

Law Firms Growing Cannabis Practices With Privacy Cases in Mind,” Bloomberg Law, December 28, 2018.


“The Feds Aren’t Done With Cannabis,” Legalines, San Diego Legal Secretaries Association, March 2019.

Admitting Prior Convictions for Ten Years After Incarceration: Federal Rule of Evidence 609 Implies Prison Does Not Rehabilitate, 13 PRAXIS: WHERE REFLECTION AND PRACTICE MEET (2014)

Timing is Everything: Martinez v. Illinois (Re)Specifies When Jeopardy Attaches, JURIST DATELINE (June 19, 2014)

Severance agreements do not create new debt and are valid under the Park District Code, 59 TRIAL BRIEFS (ISBA, Chicago, Ill.), May 2014, at 1 (co-written with The Honorable Russell W. Hartigan)

Illinois court finds default judgment proper only after notice and repeated failure to comply, 59 TRIAL BRIEFS (ISBA, Chicago, Ill.), May 2014, at 6 (co-written with The Honorable Russell W. Hartigan)

The Illinois Supreme Court expands the reach of the Code of Civil Procedure’s six-year statute of repose, 59 TRIAL BRIEFS (ISBA, Chicago, Ill.), March 2014, at 1 (co-written with The Honorable Russell W. Hartigan)


Loyola University Chicago School of Law:

  • Graduated magna cum laude
  • CALI Awards for Highest Grades in Administrative Law, Advanced
  • Torts, Advocacy, Criminal Procedure II, Environmental Law, and Evidence
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
  • Dean’s List All Semesters


Los Angeles County Bar Association

Professional Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Member, Video Game Bar Association

Professional Experience

Associate Attorney, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP (2015–2018)

Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States and Europe


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D. magna cum laude)
  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • Central District of California
  • Central District of Illinois


  • German