Grant Woods is one of Arizona’s premier attorneys and enjoys a superior reputation as a trial lawyer and negotiator. He has a successful government relations practice that includes Apollo/University of Phoenix, Arizona Coyotes, CenturyLink, Diamond Resorts International, Tresona Multimedia, LLC, TriVita, Inc., and Government Brands, LLC.
He served as Arizona’s Attorney General from 1991-1999. He led the ballot among all candidates in the 1990 and 1994 elections. 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 graduated from Occidental College in 1976, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was the 2000 Occidental College Alumnus of the Year and serves on the Board of Trustees. He graduated from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 1979 and was the 1999 Alumnus of the Year from the law school. The courtroom classroom at the law school is named J. Grant Woods Courtroom. Grant served as the first Congressional Chief of Staff for John McCain of Arizona.
Grant has been elected to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers which is limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the world.
Associations & Memberships
- Occidental College Board of Trustees, Member
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, 2007
Honors & Awards
- ASU Gold 'n Gavel Award for Public Service, 2014
- American Cancer Society Award for Commitment to Community
- American Lung Association Award for Commitment to Community
- The Salvation Army Award for Commitment to Community
- The Horace Steele Child Advocacy Award, Children’s Action Alliance, 1999
- Chicanos Por La Causa Award for Exemplary Leadership
Community & Philanthropy
Grant 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 him. Grant and Marlene Woods were among the early forces behind the Phoenix Children’s Museum and the Woods family sponsors a permanent construction exhibit there. As Arizona Attorney General Grant helped create MEAPA, an organization that promotes public awareness, education, and community outreach for the prevention of Elder Abuse and Late-Life Domestic Violence.
- The Mesa Boys & Girls Club, Founder
- The Mesa Education Foundation, Founder
- The Mesa Arts Academy, Founder
Grant is a sought after speaker throughout Arizona and the Country.
Grant has hosted his own radio talk show on top rated KTAR and KFYI in Phoenix, and has been honored by the Associated Press as Arizona’s top talk show host. A prolific writer, his plays have been produced in Los Angeles and Phoenix, and his songs have been recorded by many top recording artists. His essays have appeared in the Arizona Republic, USA Today, Arizona Attorney, and many other publications.