My name is Griffin Toronjo Pivateau. I was born in Kingsville, Texas and grew up near the Texas-Mexico border. I graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Before that, I received my undergraduate degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I practice law in Texas and Louisiana.

My legal career has involved work with all phases of corporate law. During my years as a lawyer, I have worked with hundreds of businesses. I negotiated agreements, drafted contracts, and prepared numerous corporate foundation documents. I have overseen the acquisition of several companies, conducting due diligence, structuring the deal, and handling closing details. I have assisted clients in the transition after acquisition of the new company.

I have worked with businesses involving the protection of their intellectual property. I have prosecuted trademark and copyright applications. I have been involved as counsel in several patent infringement suits.

I have tried cases through all phases of litigation, from the first pleading to jury verdict. In January of this year, I tried a case in New Orleans federal court to a successful verdict. I have argued cases before the Houston, Amarillo, and Beaumont appellate courts. I am associated with three published opinions.

I have a strong interest in the growth of transparent legal structures worldwide. I currently serve as managing director for Legal Outreach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth of legal transparency. I believe that there is no acceptable level of corruption in a country's legal system. A legal system based on relationships, money, and other arrangements places unfair handicaps on those without access to these "secret handshakes." But legal transparency encompasses more than just the elimination of corruption. Legal transparency incorporates the concept of a system of laws and regulations that are clear, easily understood, and consistently applied.