Grant Woods served as Arizona’s esteemed Attorney General from 1991 – 1999. He led the ballot among all candidates in the 1990 and 1994 elections. Mr. Woods was President of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and chaired the Civil Rights and Supreme Court.
Grant was President of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and chaired the Civil Rights and Supreme Court committees for the National Association of Attorneys General. He was selected by his peers as the nation’s top attorney general in 1995. He successfully argued Lewis v. Casey before the United States Supreme Court. He was one of the principal architects of the states’ lawsuits against the tobacco companies and was a key negotiator in the resulting largest civil settlement in history.
Grant Woods is one of Arizona’s most acclaimed and successful lawyers. His career is legendary, with record jury verdicts and settlements in the toughest cases. He has been a political and community leader for more than 30 years.
Grant has many great accomplishments throughout his political and legal career. One of the reasons behind his success has been his ability to communicate clearly, effectively and inspirationally to groups ranging from 3 to 30,000. He continues to be a sought-after public speaker, regularly addressing large groups in the matters of politics, the law and current events.
Grant is an excellent speaker who can motivate, educate and keep your organization on the fast track. From serving as Senator John McCain’s first Chief of Staff to serving the state of Arizona as Attorney General for eight years, Grant has a vast background thus offers a full range of services and covers all arenas: Political, Sports, Media, Celebrities, Authors, Motivational speakers, Inspirational, Education, Business, Marketing, Sales and Business Entertainment.
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Grant Woods is one of Arizona’s premier attorneys and enjoys a superior reputation as a courtroom veteran, a negotiator, and in government relations. He graduated from Occidental College in 1976, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Grant Woods has been a trial attorney practicing in Arizona for the past thirty years. During this time he has been lead counsel in major complex litigations in a wide range of areas.
On the civil side he has successfully litigated cases involving antitrust, fraud, breach of contract, wrongful termination, medical malpractice, price fixing and toxic torts. On the criminal side, he personally successfully prosecuted cases varying from conspiracy to white collar fraud to nursing home abuse to murder. He has gotten jury acquittals for clients charged with crimes ranging from white collar offenses to first degree murder. In recent years, he has been appointed as a Special Deputy Apache County Attorney and Special Assistant Attorney General, prosecuting public corruption in Apache County, and Special Deputy Maricopa County Attorney prosecuting murder cases in Maricopa County. Mr. Woods now maintains a private trial practice based in Phoenix, Arizona and is a veteran of over fifty jury trials.
Grant Woods served as Arizona’s Attorney General from 1991-1999. He led the ballot among all candidates in the 1990 and 1994 elections. Mr. Woods was President of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and chaired the Civil Rights and Supreme Court committees for the National Association of Attorneys General. He was selected by his peers as the nation’s top attorney general in 1995. He successfully argued Lewis v. Casey before the United States Supreme Court. He was one of the principal architects of the states’ lawsuits against the tobacco companies and was a key negotiator in the resulting largest civil settlement in history.
Since returning to private practice in 1999, he has won many multi-million dollar verdicts, including successful litigation involving antitrust, fraud, breach of contract, wrongful termination, medical malpractice, and toxic torts. Mr. Woods was appointed as a Special Prosecutor to investigate public corruption in Apache County, resulting in the conviction and removal from office of the Apache County Sherriff. He has been elected into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers which is limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the world.
Mr. Woods also has a successful government relations practice. Current or former clients include Diageo, Wellpoint, Monsanto, Ellman Companies, Phoenix Coyotes, Toyota Motor Company, Trump International, ILX, SBC, Arizona Charter Schools Association, Meritage Homes, American Communications network, Budget, Ironite Products, Best Western International and SEIU (Service Employees International Union.)
Grant Woods is the founder of the Mesa Boys & Girls Club, the Mesa Education Foundation and the Mesa Arts Academy, one of Arizona’s first successful charter schools. The Mesa Boys & Girls Club, one of the largest in the State, is named after Mr. Woods. Grant and his wife, Marlene Woods were among the early forces behind the Phoenix Children’s Museum and the Woods family sponsors a permanent construction exhibit there. He has won the top awards from the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, the Salvation Army and the Children’s Action Alliance. Mr. Woods has hosted his own radio talk show on the top rated KTAR and KFYI in Phoenix, and has been honored by the Associated Press as Arizona’s top talk show host. He writes a monthly column for the Arizona Attorney on legal issues, as well as contributing frequent opinion pieces for the Arizona Republic.
Grant Woods is married to former FOX and CBS news anchor Marlene Galan Woods. They live in Phoenix with their children.