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Civil Justice Lecture

Patrick McGroder

"The Art of Oral Advocacy"


Thursday, February 19, 2015

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM MST

Room 168

Reception to follow in the Snell & Wilmer Courtyard

Patrick McGroderPatrick McGroder, a shareholder in the Phoenix-based law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, specializes in high profile, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death litigation. He received his B.A. degree from Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law in 1970. 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, McGroder has been lead counsel in more than 100 cases in which there has been a verdict or settlement in excess of $1,000,000. He has recovered more than $500 million for his clients during this time.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame for "decades of excellence in the practice of law" and in recognition of his "unfailing commitment to the principles of professionalism, decency and civility in the legal profession," McGroder was recently awarded the Ken Clancy Memorial Award by the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He 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.  He 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 Civil Justice Initiative was created in 2014 as an opportunity to draw from the ample academic expertise of Arizona Law to develop an initiative focused on the civil justice system.

Drawing upon Arizona Law's deep strengths in trial practice, alternative dispute resolution, tort law, civil procedure, and constitutional law to create a comprehensive approach to studying civil justice, the Civil Justice Initiative at Arizona Law has contributed to an understanding of American civil justice that appreciates the great good it can accomplish.


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University of Arizona James E Rogers College of Law


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