Josh Grabel

Josh Grabel

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602.262.5747 fax
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Josh Grabel is a partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Litigation practice group and a co-chair of the firm's Class Action Group. His practice concentrates on class action defense, antitrust, RICO, insurance defense, state and local public procurement law, construction litigation, and other complex commercial matters. He represents clients in federal and state courts, before local, state and federal agencies, and at private mediations and arbitrations. Josh has served as lead counsel for numerous multi-million dollar cases before state and federal courts, and on public bid protests before local, state, and federal agencies. Josh works diligently with his clients to understand his clients’ goals and develop a litigation strategy focused on their objectives.

Josh’s class action and complex and insurance-related defense experience involves a spectrum of issues including defending a number of companies against alleged violations of Federal antitrust and RICO statutes to defending against claims brought under state common law across the country.

Josh’s public procurement experience has a primary focus on public bid procedures, bid protests, contract administration and other issues related to interaction with government entities, primarily on the state and local levels in both Arizona and New Mexico. Josh has also worked with the Arizona Department of Administration in addressing proposed changes to Arizona’s Administrative Code.

Josh's construction litigation experience includes representing owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, insurance companies, and lenders in litigation, negotiations, arbitration, and mediation matters involving public and private projects.

He has represented companies in preparing construction claims, calculation and proof of damages, surety rights, lien and bond claims, licensing and registration requirements, architect and engineer liability, administrative law, insurance risk and coverage matters, and bankruptcy, and contract construction.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Arizona Town Hall, Member, 2000-2010
  • Arizona Contractors Association, Corporate Counsel, 2010-2013
  • Arizona Hugh OBrian Youth Foundation Inc, Board of Directors, 1998-2003; President, 2004-2007; Vice President, 2008-2010; Board of Advisors, 2011-present, 1998-present
  • Special Olympics Advocacy Resource Council, Leadership Council, 2011-2013
  • University of Arizona Maricopa County Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2012-2014
  • Valley Leadership Class 35, Member
  • Arizona Capital Representation Project, Member, Board of Directors, Finance Committee Chair, 2012-present
  • Forum on Construction, Member, 2010-present
  • American Bar Association, 1998-present
  • Suns Charities 88, Member, 2017-present

Representative Matters

  • Represented a large national automobile insurer in a $3 billion nationwide consumer class action alleging breach of contract, defeating class certification and obtaining dismissal.
  • Successfully represented Owner of $180 million development deal in defending against claims from former member of LLC seeking temporary restraining order and permanent injunction.
  • Defended large automobile insurer in $3 million claim in federal court in claims related to steering, breach of contract and bad faith, obtaining summary judgment dismissing all claims.
  • Successfully defended large automobile insurer on multimillion dollar class action claim in federal court on breach of contract claim, winning summary judgment on all claims.
  • Successfully represented non-profit entity in lawsuit for breach of contract against the state of Arizona, received judgment in excess of $18 million at trial.
  • Represented multiple software providers related in successful bid protest related to various state procurement contracts.
  • Successfully prosecuted and/or defended multiple bid protests and administrative proceedings in state and local government proceedings in both Arizona and New Mexico.
  • Successfully defended multiple claims against automobile insurer related to alleged breach of contract and/or bad faith.
  • Represented multiple contractors and subcontractors in pursuing claims under Arizona’s Prompt Payment, Bond and Lien laws.
  • Successfully represented large rental vehicle company in challenging inappropriate state tax audit in administrative proceeding.

Related News

Grabel coauthors book chapter on construction law
Attorney guide on public construction projects published by American Bar Association
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11 partners also honored as ‘Lawyer of the Year' in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
Complex litigation team prevails for client
Judge rules claims cannot be retried, sanctions plaintiff
Complex Litigation Team joins Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Five attorneys jump to growing general practice firm in Phoenix

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  • Presenter, "Payment and Performance Issues for Public Sector Contracts," Arizona Fire District Association, July 8, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, "Contracting for Integrated Project Delivery," The Arizona Contractor Association, Inc., May 17, 2011


  • Co-Author, "State and Local Construction Projects: An Attorney's Handbook," American Bar Association, 2017
  • Author, "ADR—Is it Working, and How Can we Make it Better," Construction Finance Managers Association—Valley of the Sun Chapter, June 2015
  • Author, "How to Get Prepared and Obtain Federal Contracts Via Federal Programs and Joint Ventures/Teaming Agreements," Lorman Presentation, June 2013
  • Co-Author, "It's the Economy: Completing Distressed Projects," Arizona State Bar Annual Convention, June 2011


  • The Best Lawyers in America - Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. - Construction Law and Construction Litigation, 2015-2019
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers

Other Info


J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1997
B.A., University of Arizona, 1994

Bar Admissions

New Mexico

Court Admissions

Arizona Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. District Court, New Mexico