David Griffis

David Griffis

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty
Malloy Hall 244


David Griffis, a native San Franciscan, started at the University of San Francisco as an undergraduate majoring in Business Administration. Following this, he served as a police officer and detective before dedicating 28 years to the United States Army Reserves.

David then decided to further his education back at the University of San Francisco's School of Law and graduated with a concentration in business formation and commercial aviation litigation matters. He then served as a managing partner. Throughout his professional journey, David remained dedicated to the wisdom imparted by Fr. Eamonn Barrett, S.J. — "It's not what you have at the end of the day, it's what you shared along the way that matters."


  • Legal - Business formation
  • Legal - Aviation litigation

Research Areas

  • Legal issues in commercial aviation


  • Preferred hiring pool - Business law


  • University of San Francisco, BS in Business Administration, 1988
  • University of San Francisco, JD, 1992

Prior Experience

  • Managing Partner, Reid, Axelrod, Ruane, McCormack and Griffis
  • Lecturer, San Francisco State University in Legal Issues in Accounting 
  • President, Association of the United States Army, San Francisco Chapter
  • Lecturer, Santa Rosa/Petaluma Criminal Justice Center, Police Response to Domestic Violence
  • Police Detective

Awards & Distinctions

  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars - Distinguished Faculty Award, 2017
  • School of Business and Management - Outstanding Teaching Award, 2016
  • BSBA Student Appreciation Award, 2016
  • Sr. Vicky Su Award - Outstanding Contributions and Service, 2015
  • Kappa Alpha Theta - Outstanding Faculty Member Award, 2014