W. Mark Griffith Adjunct Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8517

Email: wgriffith@wlu.edu

Office: 483 Lewis Hall

Areas of Expertise/Classes Taught

Electric Power Seminar (with John McArthur)


BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Mark Griffith is an attorney with the firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He currently co-teaches the Electric Power Seminar at the Washington and Lee University School of Law as a member of the adjunct faculty.

Mark has extensive experience in the energy and renewable energy industries and has represented clients in connection with foreign and domestic mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset sales, joint ventures, and third-party service arrangements. He has led transactions involving the acquisition or sale of over fifteen renewable energy facilities. Mark works closely with investor-owned utilities and their affiliates and has represented renewable developers in their acquisition, development and disposition of renewable energy facilities and negotiation of power purchase agreements. He also has experience in matters related to financial institutions and economic development and previously served as a member of the NC Banking Commission.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Mark practiced with national and international law firms in the Raleigh area. He was also general counsel and a member of the executive team at ElectriCities of North Carolina, a management services company for two of the country's largest power agencies.

Beyond his legal practice, Mark is currently serving his second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the NC Chamber and is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the UNC Children's Hospital. He has served previously as an adjunct professor, co-teaching a class on renewable energy transactions at UNC Law in the spring of 2020.