Pat has been recognized by his peers as one of the finest trial lawyers in America. He specializes in high profile, catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation. As an architect of social change, Pat has been on the cutting edge of litigation that has led to HMO reform, road design improvement, motor vehicle and aviation safety changes and nursing home regulation.
During forty years of trial practice, Pat has been lead counsel in more than 100 cases in which there has been a verdict or settlement in excess of $1,000,000, having recovered over $500 million for his clients during this time. Pat’s litigation success is only matched by his commitment to social justice in his community and his philanthropy. In 2010, he was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame for decades of excellence in the practice of law. In recognition for his “unfailing commitment to the principles of professionalism, decency and civility in the legal profession,” Pat was recently awarded the Ken Clancy Memorial Award by the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Pat is a Fellow and Past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. Pat was named by Best Lawyers in America as 2015 “Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” and has been selected as one of the 10 Best Lawyers in Arizona by the AZ Business Journal. Since 2008, he has been selected by Lawdragon as one of the 500 best lawyers in America. In 2005, he was a co-finalist for the National Trial Lawyers for Public Justice “Trial Lawyer of the Year” for his work in representing victims of fuel-fed fires in Ford police vehicles. In 2012, he became the third American to be named an Honorary Bencher to the Society of Kings Inns in Ireland for his work with the Barristers of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The privilege of protecting and advocating the rights of injured persons for forty 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 $500,000,000 during his career.
Lead counsel in over 100 cases in which there was a verdict or settlement in excess of one million dollars.
Bar & Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 197
Honors & Awards
Lawdragon 500 Best Lawyers in the United States, 2007-2013
"One of Arizona's Top Ten Lawyers", Arizona Business Journal
The American Trial Lawyers Association, The Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
The Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Sports Law, 1995-2015
Az Business Magazine, Arizona's Top Lawyers - Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, 2014
Best Lawyers' Phoenix Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation "Law Lawyer of the Year", 2009, 2015
Finalist, "Trial Lawyer of the Year", Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 2005
American Board of Trial Advocates, Kenneth P. Clancy Professionalism Award, 2008
"One of Arizona's Best Lawyers", Arizona Living Magazine
Southwest Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Arizona, 2007-2014
Southwest Super Lawyers®, Plaintiff's Personal Injury & Wrongful Death, 2007-2015
"President's Award", State of Arizona, 2009
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Community & Philanthropy
Human Services Campus, Phoenix, Board of Directors Central Arizona Shelter Services for the Homeless, Board of Directors Actors Theater of Phoenix, Founder and Former Member of Board of Directors “Christmas Spirit”, A Project to Adopt Indigent Families, Founder St. Mary’s Food Bank Esperana, Inc. St. Vincent de Paul The Open Door Shelter Social Venture Partners Arizona, Member St. Thomas Schools Girls Basketball, 7th & 8th Grades, Coach Xavier College Preparatory Development Board, Chair and Major Donor Gift Giving Xavier College Preparatory, Mock Trial Instructor Xavier College Preparatory, Chairman, Xavier Dad’s Club Golf Tournament Brophy College Preparatory, Mock Trial Instructor/Coach Martin Luther King, Jr. Golf Tournament, Honorary Chairman St. Martin de Porres Church, Volunteer St. Thomas Moore Society, Volunteer Coyotes Youth Hockey Association, Former President Arizona Scared Straight Program, Former President Valley Big Brothers, Former Member and Board of Directors Colony Biltmore Homeowners Association, Former President Casa Amertas Homeowners Association, Former President Creighton University Parents Council, Member, 2005-2007 College of Holy Cross Parents Council, Member, 2008-2010 Patrick McGroder Golf Tournament Benefiting the Homeless, Founder
Exceptional Service to Fatherless Boys, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona Distinguished Service Award, Arizona State Fraternal Order of Police Distinguished Service Award Central Arizona Shelter Services for the Homeless, Outstanding Commitment and Service Award Distinguished Service Award, National Make-A-Wish Foundation
International Academy of Trial Lawyers President Vice President Secretary/Treasurer Chair of National State Chair Committee Board of Directors Chair of the Irish Program
American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow Arizona State Committee
International Society of Barristers Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates Member
The American Trial Lawyers Association Member
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association Life Member, Board of Directors