Jay Graif


Phoenix, AZ | Denver, CO | Albuquerque, NM
D 602.813.0468


  • Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 1992)
  • Pepperdine University School of Business & Management (M.B.A., 1992)
  • College of St. Thomas (B.A., 1988)

Jay Graif is a Partner and Office Co-Chair of Freeman Mathis & Gary's Phoenix office. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage, bad faith and commercial litigation. He has decades of experience litigating complex commercial cases, with particular emphasis on the trial and appeal of insurance coverage disputes, including breach of contract, declaratory judgment and bad faith actions. He serves as local, regional and national coverage counsel for both foreign and domestic insurance companies, including excess and surplus lines carriers. He counsels clients, manages disputes and litigates matters involving a wide variety of insurance coverage issues, including insurance bad faith, construction defect claims, third-party liability claims, first-party claims, professional liability claims, environmental claims, long-tail progressive injury claims, as well as numerous others. He also advises and assists insurance companies in the drafting of manuscript endorsements relating to various risks.

In addition to handling cases in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico, where he is admitted, Jay has handled to resolution complex insurance matters in virtually every western state. In addition, he advises many local construction and real estate businesses on risk management and other areas of the law. He is an active member in many national and local organizations, including Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and Defense Research Institute.

Jay has been regularly included in the Southwest Super Lawyers® list, recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Bar Admissions




New Mexico

U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court District of Arizona

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico

U.S. District, Colorado

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized by Super Lawyers (2012-2018)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® (2021, 2024)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, AV® Preeminent
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • Speaker at Perrin National CD Conference, New Orleans, LA (November 9, 2023)