Joseph A. Brophy

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Joseph A. Brophy

Joseph Brophy is a commercial litigator whose practice areas include complex business disputes, creditors’ rights, surety and fidelity law, bankruptcy, construction law, appellate and insurance defense.    He represents individuals, businesses and institutional creditors, as well as sureties and contractors in state, federal and bankruptcy court actions, as well as in arbitrations and administrative hearings.

Joe joined the firm in February 2009 and became a partner in 2014.

Bar Admissions


New Mexico


University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., cum laudeOrder of the Coif (2008)

University of San Diego, B.A., (2000)

State Bar of Arizona, Member

  • Ethics Advisory Group, Member
  • Construction Law Section, Executive Council (2018-Present)
    • Budget Officer (2022-2023)
    • Secretary (2021-2022)
    • Member-at-Large (2018-2019)

American Bar Association, Member

  • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Member (January 2013-Present)
  • Business Law Section, Young Lawyers Uniform Commercial Code Subcommittee, Chair (September 2016-Present)

Surety Association of Arizona, Member (February 2015-Present)


Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

  • Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, Fellow (2016)

Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch (2022 – 2023)
  • Named to the Southwest Super Lawyers list (2019–2020)
  • Recognized as Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012–2018)

Madison Education Foundation, Executive Board Member and Secretary (September 2014–Present)


Veterans of Foreign Wars, Member


Veterans Heritage Project, Board Member (July 2017–Present)


Arizona Veterans’ Advisory Commission, Commissioner (2016–2019)


University of San Diego Torero Club, Member (October 2012–Present)

  • Co-Presenter, “Apologies from Arizona: Thirty Years after Dodge,” Western States Surety Conference (April 2019)
  • Co-Author and Speaker, “Competing Rights and Claims to Construction Contract Proceeds and Other Collateral,” ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting (2017)
  • Speaker, “Preventing Business Contract Disputes,” National Business Institute (June 2016)
  • Speaker, “Construction Law: What Do You Do When…..?” National Business Institute (May 2016)
  • Speaker, “Meet My New Friend: The Uniform Voidable Transaction Act,” Western States Surety Conference, Seattle, Washington (May 2016)
  • Speaker, “Construction Defects: A Step-by-Step Guide to Unravelling Claims,” National Business Institute (July 2015)
  • Speaker, “Arizona’s Daubert Rule 702,” Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (March 2015)
  • Speaker, “Don’t Treat Me Bad: Dealing with Principal and Indemnitor Fraud,” Western States Surety Conference, Seattle, Washington (May 2014)
  • Paper Presented, “Salvage: Getting to the Principal’s Tax Refunds,” Western States Surety Conference, Seattle, Washington (May 2010)

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.