Joe Griffith (pictured), an associate with Greenberg Traurig in Dallas, has been selected to join the Business Council for the Arts Leadership Institute class of 2012-2013. Griffith is a trial attorney in the firm’s litigation practice.
Griffith says he became interested in the class through Victor Vital, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, who participated in the class last year. “[Vital] was involved and just sang its praises. He was a big supporter and pushed me towards it,” Griffith says. He adds, “I’ve always been interested in arts, and it was a great opportunity.”
Griffith says his interest in the arts stems from his appreciation of them. “I’m very unmusical,” he says. “Other than writing, I don’t have any creative outlets or talents.”
During the class sessions, participants tour different venues throughout Dallas and are introduced to a variety of arts groups, he says.
Griffith says the ultimate goal is to get on a board of directors for one of the arts groups or venues. However, he adds that he also hopes “just to be more involved in the arts community and use my skills as an attorney to help out.”
“So much of my time is spent with work or bar association duties,” Griffith says. “I thought it was important to find another outlet to be of use.”
-- Christine Lesicko