Charles H. Best Medal for Service
John W. Griffin, Jr.
John W. Griffin, Jr., from Victoria, Texas, received the American Diabetes Association's prestigious 2011 Charles H. Best Medal for Service. The award is presented to the Association's Chair of the Board for outstanding leadership and service.
Currently managing partner of the law firm Marek‚ Griffin, and Knaupp‚ in Victoria‚ Griffin has successfully led many efforts to end discrimination against workers and students with diabetes. The cases in which he participated have been instrumental in breaking down blanket bans that prevented people with diabetes from pursuing careers in law enforcement and other safety-sensitive jobs, while leading to the development of nationwide standards for fair employment of workers with diabetes as well as equal educational opportunities for children with diabetes.
Griffin is known as one of the nation’s most effective trial lawyers working on the side of workers with disabilities. He lectures on employment law and legal ethics, and is a relentless advocate for health care and access to health insurance for children and adults with diabetes.
In addition to raising funds for the Association, Griffin has served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Legal Advocacy Subcommittee. He is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Pinnacle Society and Summit Circle, and he was among the first to commit to the Association’s Pathway to a Cure campaign to fund up-and-coming researchers. He also serves on the Texas Diabetes Council by appointment of the governor of Texas.