Edward Rubacha

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Ed Rubacha


Edward Rubacha

Edward Rubacha represents clients in a wide range of construction and commercial litigation matters, including representing clients doing business with Indian tribes and tribal entities on and off the reservation. His trial and litigation experience includes matters specific to the construction and surety industries and general commercial business disputes.

Edward joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1996.

Edward graduated from Purdue University (B.S. 1978) and Arizona State University (M.B.A. 1981 and J.D. 1987).

Edward has earned the AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale Hubbell®.

Bar Admissions




U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Hopi Tribal Court

Tohono O’odham Tribal Court

Gila River Indian Tribal Court

Colorado River Tribal Court

Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court

Tonto Apache Tribal Court


Arizona State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude (1987)

Arizona State University, M.B.A. (1981)

Purdue University, B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1978)

  • State Bar of Arizona, Member – Construction Law Section
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member – Surety and Fidelity Law Section
  • Litigation Section, Forum on Construction
  • Co-Author, Sureties and Native American SovereignsPearlman 2007 (2007)
  • Co-Author, State by State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims, Arizona Chapter (2006-present)
  • Co-Author , State by State Guide to Design and Construction Contracts and Claims, Arizona Chapter (2006-present), Wolters Kluwer
  • Reservations About the Reservation: Concerns When Contracting With Tribes and Tribal EntitiesWestern States Surety Conference (1994)
  • Contributing Author, Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law, Arizona ChapterAspen Publications
  • Construction Contracts with Indian Tribes or on Tribal Lands,” The Construction Lawyer, Winter 2006, ABA Forum on Construction
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the following areas:
    • Construction Litigation (2012–2024)
    • Construction Law (2013–2024)
  • Annually honored by Southwest Super Lawyers® since 2020 for his work in the area of General Litigation
  • Previously Recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers® as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Presenter, Tort & Insurance Practice Section- FSLC, ABA, Spring Meeting, 2008; Mid-Winter, 2013
  • Presenter, Western States Surety Conference (1994, 2000, 2008, 2015; 2017; 2021)
  • Presenter, Arizona State University Construction in Indian Country Conference, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017
  • Presenter, Midwest Surety Conference 2021
  • Presenter, Pearlman (2011; 2017; 2019)
  • Presenter, National Association of Bond Producers, 2011
  • Presenter, National Bond Claims Association 2018
  • Presenter, City of Phoenix Construction Law Symposium, Bi-Annual
  • Presenter, Workshop, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (Fall, 2006)
  • Presenter, ABA Forum on Construction, New Orleans (2005)
  • Presenter, “What to Do When Construction Projects Go Bad in Arizona”, Lorman Education Services
  • Presenter, “Arizona Construction Law for Architects, Engineers and Contractors”, Half Moon Seminars
  • Presenter, “Native American Sovereign Nations, Tribal Entities, and Arbitration,” College of Commercial Arbitrators, (2013)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association – Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Arizona East Valley Juniors Youth Volleyball (Coach)
  • Representation of sureties in litigation involving construction issues, bond claims, and recovery from indemnitors.
  • Representing organizations in contract negotiations and litigation involving Indian tribes and tribal entities.

Jennings Haug Keleher McLeod expands by adding the talented lawyers of Waterfall, Economidis, Caldwell, Hanshaw & Villamana. Now with offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico as well as Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, the Firm will continue to serve its clients across the Southwest under the name Jennings Haug Keleher McLeod Waterfall LLP.