I have an obligation not only as a lawyer but as a human being to do whatever I can to take care of my clients and to take care of society in general.”
- PATRICK J. MCGRODER, III
“He has done a world of good for the rest of the country, and for all police officers.”
supporting those who serve.
On March 26, 2001, a driver slammed his vehicle into the rear of Phoenix police officer Jason Schechterle’s patrol car, which then became engulfed in flames. He nearly burned to death. Representing Schechterle – as well as other police officer victims and their families nationwide – Pat filed a product liability suit against Ford Motor Company contending that the design of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor was defective and erupted in fuel-fed fires upon impact. Ford eventually reached settlement agreements with Schechterle and the families of officers who burned alive in these vehicles who were also represented by Pat. As a result of this litigation, Ford remediated more than 350,000 police vehicles.
Fighting for families left behind.
In June 2013, a fire ignited by lightning near Prescott, Arizona burned nearly 8,400 acres, destroyed 127 structures and forced mass evacuations. While battling the blaze, 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hot Shots burned alive. Representing the families of 12 of the 19 men, Pat filed a suit for the families' loss and emotional pain. As a result of the case, Arizona compensated the families of the 19 hotshots, but more importantly, implemented new wildland-firefighting procedures to improve safety. Pat also represented and took to trial three of the Hot Shot widows and their children, who were denied permanent benefits by the City of Prescott. Pat won all three cases.
turning tragedy into change.
On July 27, 2007, two TV news helicopters collided midair and crashed in a Phoenix park, where they exploded, killing all four journalists onboard. Pat represented the families of two of the four deceased journalists in a wrongful death suit. Pat presented computer-generated animations of the midair crash based on his extensive research, FAA radar tracking data, and eyewitness accounts. The families reached settlement pre-trial, which also initiated sweeping changes in the dispute for the operation of news helicopters in the Phoenix area.