Patrick McGroder, III

PATRICK J. MCGRODER, III, PA
701 N 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-429-3004
www.gknet.com


PRACTICE AREAS

 

AVIATION DISASTERS | COMMERCIAL LITIGATION | CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS | DRAM SHOP/BAR | FIRE AND EXPLOSIONS | INSURANCE AND BAD FAITH | LEGAL AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY | MEDICAL MALPRACTICE | MOTOR VEHICLE AND COMMERCIAL TRUCKING COLLISIONS | NEGLIGENCE | NURSING HOME AND ELDER ABUSE | DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS | SEXUAL ASSAULT/MISCONDUCT | WRONGFUL DEATH

 

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

 

Personal Experience

 

Patrick J. McGroder III is a partner of Beus Gilbert McGroder PLLC, a premier boutique law firm concentrating on High Stakes Litigation, Real Estate and Zoning Law, and Plaintiffs Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death. Mr. McGroder leads the firm’s Plaintiffs Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death practice. He has been lead counsel in over 1,000 plaintiffs personal injury cases, nearly a 100 of which have resulted in verdict or settlement in excess of one million dollars. Mr. McGroder has recovered for clients (settlements and verdicts) in excess of half a billion dollars.  For more than 45 years, Mr. McGroder has tried cases ranging from murder to malpractice.  He was selected by his peers as one of the ten best lawyers in Arizona and is named yearly as one of the 500 Best Trial Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon, one of the most prestigious legal publications in America.  In 2019, Mr. McGroder was selected for the Law Dragon Hall of Fame.

 

Mr. McGroder has been a finalist for the American Trial Lawyer of the Year Award given annually by Lawyers for Public Justice for his nationwide work representing families of police officers who burned alive in crashes as a result of a defective fuel system on Ford police cars. Mr. McGroder has handled many high profile cases, including medical malpractice, product liability, aviation disasters and defended in jury trial the only Catholic Bishop ever tried for a felony in the United States.  He is a proud member and was a past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a peer selected group of the 500 best trial lawyers in the United States.

 

In 2008, Mr. McGroder was the recipient of the Kenneth P. Clancy Memorial Award by ABOTA for his unfailing commitment to the principals of professionalism, decency, and civility in the legal profession and he is one of the youngest members to be selected to the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame.  His career highlights include the privilege of protecting and advocating the rights of injured victims for over forty-five years; lead co-counsel in Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors fuel fed fire cases in Arizona and nationwide; and lead counsel in police overtime class action litigation in Arizona.

 

Representative Matters
       
  • Representation of victims of Channel 3/15 mid-air helicopter crash over downtown Phoenix which resulted in four fatalities
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  • Representation of victims of Flagstaff Medical Center mid-air crash of two Air Evac helicopters which resulted in seven fatalities
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  • Representation of victims of the Superstition Mountain aviation crash
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  • Representation of victims of the Telluride bus crash
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  • Representation of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot families whose loved ones tragically perished during the 2013 Yarnell wildfire resulting in compensation for their families and prompting new safety procedures for battling fires
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  • Representation in landmark cases against Ford Motor Company involving police interceptor vehicles which burst into flames upon rear impact during car crashes
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  • Representation of victims of the Route 91 Las Vegas Shooting cases
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  • Representation of Bishop O’Brien which was named the “trial of the decade” by the Arizona Republic

Professional Distinctions
       
  • Arizona State Bar Foundation Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award for service to the community 2018
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  • Best Lawyers of America Plaintiff Lawyer of the Year in Arizona 2009, 2015, 2018
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  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel 2017 Distinguished Service Award for Plaintiffs Counsel for Lifetime Achievement
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  • Inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame
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  • Selected by Law Dragon as one of 500 Best Lawyers in the United States (2007-2018) and chosen for the Law Dragon National Hall of Fame (2019)
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  • Selection to 100 Best Trial Lawyers in America
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  • Voted as “One of Arizona’s Top Ten Lawyers” by Arizona Business Journal
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  • Selected as “One of the Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers” 2007-2018
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  • Appears yearly in Woodward/White “Best Lawyers in America”
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  • Martindale Hubbell – Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America
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  • Finalist-Trial Lawyers for Public Justice “Trial Lawyer of the Year”
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  • ABOTA’s Recipient of the Kenneth P. Clancy Professionalism Award
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  • State Bar of Arizona Recipient of the “President’s Award”
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  • Honorary Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns Dublin, Ireland

Memberships & Activities
       
  • Fellow of The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, President 2013, Board of Directors, & Chair of the Ireland Program
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  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers Arizona State Committee
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  • Fellow of the International Society of Barristers
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  • Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates
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  • Member of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
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  • Sustaining Member, M Club, Advocate, Stalwart
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  • Member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Life Member, Board of Directors
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  • State Bar of Arizona
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  • Maricopa County Bar Association

Public Appointments
       
  • Member, Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
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  • Board Member-Critical Incident Review Board for Arizona Department of Public Safety
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  • Arizona State Boxing Commission, Member 1998 – 2003; Chairman, 2000 – 2001

Educational Appointments
       
  • Xavier College Preparatory, Board of Trustees, Chair of Development Committee
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  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Board of Visitors 2000-Present, Dean’s Council 2003-Present
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  • Arizona State University College of Law Council of 100
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  • Phoenix School of Law, Board of Advisors 2004-2010, Chairman of the Board of Advisors 2006-2010

Community & Philanthropy
       
  • Board of Directors, Central Arizona Shelter Services for the Homeless
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  • Founder and Former Member of Board of Directors, Actors Theater of Phoenix
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  • Founder, “Christmas Spirit,” a project to adopt indigent families at Christmas, providing food and clothing
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  • Founder, Annual Patrick McGroder Golf Tournament to benefit the homeless
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  • Mary’s Food Bank, Esperanca, Inc., & St. Vincent de Paul
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  • The Open Door Shelter, dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence
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  • Social Ventures Partners Arizona
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  • Thomas School Girls’ Basketball Coach, 7th & 8th Grades
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  • Xavier College Preparatory, Development Board – Major Donor Gift Giving Chair, Mock Trial Instructor, Chairman, Xavier Dads’ Club Golf Tournament
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  • Brophy College Preparatory, Mock Trial Instructor/Coach
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  • Honorary Chairman, Martin Luther King, Jr. Golf Tournament
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  • Volunteer legal services to indigents, St. Martin de Porres Church and St. Thomas Moore Society
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  • Former President of Coyotes Youth Hockey Association
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  • Former President, Arizona Scared Straight Program
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  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Valley Big Brothers
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  • Former President, Colony Biltmore Homeowners’ Association
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  • Former President, Casa Amertas Homeowners’ Association
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  • Creighton University-Parents’ Council 2005-2007
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  • College of the Holy Cross–Parents’ Council Community Awards
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  • Exceptional Service to Fatherless Boys Award, Valley Big Brothers
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  • Distinguished Service Award, Arizona State Fraternal Order of Police