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Paul J. McGoldrick




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Shorall McGoldrick Brinkmann is a Phoenix Metro Tier 1 Best Law Firms honoree in Insurance Law and Personal Injury Defense





Paul J. McGoldrick, Trial Lawyer and Mediator

Paul McGoldrick's extensive trial experience, evidenced by his election as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, provides a solid foundation for effectiveness in litigating and mediating a wide variety of civil disputes.

Paul McGoldrick chairs the firm’s litigation practice group along with Tom Shorall. Paul focuses his litigation practice on personal injury cases and has experience as lead counsel in complex business disputes. Paul routinely represents clients in nearly every locale of Arizona and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, both in tort cases and in the context of commercial and professional liability suits.

In addition, Paul is a frequent mediator and arbitrator, helping to provide effective alternative dispute solutions to other attorneys and their clients. He is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

The American Board of Trial Advocates has elected Paul a member based upon his many jury trials and peer review. More recently, Paul has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Paul draws upon his broad experience as a trial lawyer in helping to reach resolutions to lawsuits short of more expensive jury trials.

Before entering private practice in Phoenix, Paul was a law clerk to the Honorable Frank X. Gordon, the then-Vice Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona. Since 1997 he has been a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation.

Paul is a sustaining member of Arizona's Finest Lawyers and a Best Lawyers honoree and has been a Super Lawyers selectee every year since 2007, a distinction limited to the top 5% of Arizona lawyers. For each of the last three years he has been listed among Super Lawyers' "Top 50 Arizona" attorneys.

Practice areas

Mediation and Arbitration

Personal Injury Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Professional Liability Litigation

Honors & awards

Certified Specialist, Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization)

Super Lawyers, 2007-present; "Top 50" Arizona Attorneys, 2017-2019

The Best Lawyers in America®: Insurance Law (2017-present), Insurance Litigation (2017-present), Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2018, 2019)

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Arizona's Finest Lawyers

"Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona," Az Business Magazine, 2018, 2019

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

professional Activities

American Board of Trial Advocates: President, Phoenix Chapter, 2015

American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow, 2016

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court, 2002-2015

State Bar of Arizona

Colorado Bar Association


State of Arizona, 1985

State of Colorado, 1986

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1986

published decisions

Navajo Transportation, Inc. v. Schroeder, No. SC-CV-44-06 (Nav. Sup. Ct. Apr. 30, 2007)

Johnson v. Pointe Community Ass’n, Inc., 205 Ariz. 485, 73 P.3d 616 (App. 2003) on remand 2004 WL 3248435 (Ariz. Super. 2004)

McGrath v. Scott, 250 F. Supp.2d 1218 (D. Ariz. 2003)

Wester v. Crown Controls Corp., 974 F. Supp. 1284 (D. Ariz. 1996)

Shoen v. Shoen, 933 F. Supp. 871 (D. Ariz. 1996)

Hayes v. Continental Ins. Co., 178 Ariz. 264, 872 P.2d 668 (1994)

Martinez v. Ind. Com’n of Ariz., 168 Ariz. 307, 812 P.2d 1125 (App. 1991)

Maricopa County v. Federal Ins. Co., 157 Ariz. 308, 757 P.2d 112 (App. 1988)


J.D., University of Arizona College of Law, 1985

B.S., cum laude, Arizona State University, 1980