Pat McGroder III

Pat McGroder III

“What I am most proud of in my career is making the world a better place, helping my clients make their lives a little bit better and adding a modicum of dignity to their lives."




  • Accounting
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Consumer Advocacy
  • HMO Negligence
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Plaintiff's Catastrophic Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence


  • St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Preparatory School; Kenmore, New York

  • University of Notre Dame; South Bend, Indiana

  • University of Arizona College of Law; Tucson, Arizona


  • Arizona State Bar Foundation Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award for service to the community 2018

  • Best Lawyers of America Plaintiff Lawyer of the Year in Arizona 2009, 2015, 2018

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel 2017 Distinguished Service Award for Plaintiffs Counsel for Lifetime Achievement

  • Inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame

  • Selected by Lawdragon as one of 500 Best Lawyers in the United States (2007-2018)

  • Voted as “One of Arizona’s Top Ten Lawyers” by Arizona Business Journal

  • Selected as “One of Phoenix’s Best Lawyers” by Phoenix Magazine

  • Selected as “One of Arizona’s Best Lawyers” by Arizona Living Magazine

  • Selected by Lawdragon as one of the leading “Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America”

  • Selected as “One of the Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers 2007-2018″

  • Appears yearly in Woodward/White “Best Lawyers in America”

  • Martindale Hubbell – Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America

  • Who’s Who in American Law

  • 2005 Finalist-Trial Lawyers for Public Justice “Trial Lawyer of the Year”

  • ABOTA’s Recipient of the Kenneth P. Clancy Professionalism Award

  • State Bar of Arizona Recipient of the “President’s Award”

  • Honorary Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns Dublin, Ireland

Biography & Background

Career Highlights: 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. Lead counsel in police overtime class action litigation in Arizona. Recovered for clients (settlements and verdicts) in excess of half a billion dollars. Lead counsel in over 100 cases in which there was a verdict or settlement in excess of one million dollars.

  • Professional Associations

    1. Fellow of The International Academy of Trial Lawyers
      • President
      • Vice President
      • Secretary/Treasurer
      • Chair of National State Chair Committee
      • Board of Directors
      • Chair of the Ireland Program
    2. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
      • Arizona State Committee
    3.  Fellow of the International Society of Barristers
    4. Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates
    5. Member of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    6. Sustaining Member, M Club, Advocate, Stalwart, Selection to 100 Best Trial Lawyers in America
    7. Member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
      • Life Member, Board of Directors
    8. State Bar of Arizona
    9. Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Appointments

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

    Educational Appointments

    1. Xavier College Preparatory
      • Board of Trustees
      • Chair of Development Committee
    2. University of Arizona James Rogers College of Law
      • Board of Visitors 2000-Present
      • Dean’s Council 2003- Present
    3. Arizona State University College of Law Council of 100
    4. Phoenix School of Law
      • Board of Advisors 2004-2010
      • Chairman of the Board of Advisors 2006-2010
  • Community & Charitable Work

    1. Board of Directors, Central Arizona Shelter Services for the Homeless
    2. Founder and Former Member of Board of Directors, Actors Theater of Phoenix
    3. Founder, “Christmas Spirit,” a project to adopt indigent families at Christmas, providing food and clothing
    4. Founder, Annual Patrick McGroder Golf Tournament to benefit the homeless
    5. St. Mary’s Food Bank
    6. Esperanca, Inc.
    7. St. Vincent de Paul
    8. The Open Door Shelter, dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence
    9. Social Ventures Partners Arizona
    10. St. Thomas School Girls Basketball Coach, 7th & 8th Grades
    11. Xavier College Preparatory
      • Development Board -Major Donor Gift Giving Chair
      • Mock Trial Instructor
      • Chairman, Xavier Dad’s Club Golf Tournament
    12. Brophy College Preparatory
      • Mock Trial Instructor/Coach
    13. Honorary Chairman, Martin Luther King, Jr. Golf Tournament
    14. Volunteer legal service to indigents, St. Martin de Porres Church and St. Thomas Moore Society
    15. Former President of Coyotes Youth Hockey Association
    16. Former President, Arizona Scared Straight Program
    17. Former Member, Board of Directors, Valley Big Brothers
    18. Former President, Colony Biltmore Homeowners Association
    19. Former President, Casa Amertas Homeowners Association
    20. Creighton University-Parents Council 2005-2007
    21. College of the Holy Cross –Parents Council


    Community Awards

    1. Exceptional Service to Fatherless Boys Award, Valley Big Brothers
    2. Distinguished Service Award, Arizona State Fraternal Order of Police
    3. Distinguished Service Award, Central Arizona Shelter Services for the Homeless
  • Re-Organization Experience

    1987 – 1989 Organized the Investors Steering Committee of Harbor Financial Corporation’s re-organization.  Harbor was a financially troubled mortgage institution in Phoenix, Arizona, with an $87,000,000 loan portfolio, requiring assessment and, ultimately, liquidation.  Served pro bono as the first CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the re-organized public entity and led the negotiating team during its acquisition by a publicly traded company.