Joel Griffith is Director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). He earned his juris doctor at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, with a dual emphasis in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Federal Income Taxation and is currently a member of the State Bar of California. At Chapman, he was a charter board member and treasurer of the Investment Law Society, served as a charter member and vice-president of the Chapman chapter of the California Republican Lawyers Association, and competed on both the mock trial and mediation teams.
Following law school, Joel managed an equities trading account utilizing market neutral strategies at several trading firms, including Avatar Securities, LLC. He continues to conduct economic analysis and equities analysis. As an attorney, he worked with Heideman Nudelman Kalik, PC in Washington, D.C., in international litigation and corporate development opportunities.
During the 2012 presidential primary season, Joel worked for a campaign as MI state field director, OH state operations director, and WA parliamentarian/assistant delegate strategist.
Joel was a research assistant for a former member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and a research associate for the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. Most recently, Joel was Deputy Research Director at the National Association of Counties. Numerous media outlets have featured Joel’s written analysis, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes online, Invest or’s Business Daily, The Washington Times, the Orange County Register, and Times of Israel. He also made appearances on Fox Business News. He has co-authored numerous publications, including a chapter in the annual Index of Economic Freedom (published by The Heritage Foundation and Dow Jones & Company, Inc.) and State of the States 2017 (published by ALEC).