Jaburg Wilk

C. Cole Crabtree



Phone: Work602-248-1087


Jaburg Wilk
Work 3200 N. Central Avenue Suite 2000 Phoenix, AZ   85012

Assistant: Stephanie Zink

Assistant Phone: 602-248-1034

Cole has been practicing law for almost twenty years, with areas of focus in construction defect, construction law, products liability, professional liability, and general insurance defense litigation. A highly experienced trial attorney, he represents both design professionals including architects and engineers in complex litigation matters as well as general contractors and subcontractors in complex, multi-party construction matters. Additionally he represents a well-known national corporation in product related litigation. 

Cole tried two of the first class action construction defect cases in Arizona, each lasting approximately six weeks. He has also successfully defended a nationally known architect in a $50 million breach of contract matter and an international engineering firm in a $20 million defective design claim.  Recently, Cole obtained summary judgments and awards of attorney fees for both a national subcontractor as well as a national product manufacturer.  He is active in Arizona legislation which impacts Arizona construction industry.   More

Seminars and Presentations
  • Arizona’s New Construction Law, 2019
  • Cole is currently working with subcontractors in New Mexico to craft new legislation regarding their construction laws and claims directly affecting the industry
  • Arizona's New Construction Law, 2015 and 2016
  • Winning' Your Complex Construction Mediation, July 2012
  • A Day with the Experts, Maricopa County Bar Association, June 2010
Client Testimonials
  • “Awesome!  Cole's the only attorney who's ever made that happen (obtaining an award for attorney fees and costs).  Great work Cole!” -Jaqui Anders, Claims Administrator, Moen, Inc.
  • "All I can say is, "WOW!" Great resolution, Cole. Thank you!"-Christine Kirklin, Vice President and General Counsel
  • "Cole is a pleasure to work with on our cases and has consistently provided excellent results".-Lisa Geisen, Corporate Claims Administrator, Gothic Landscaping
Professional Associations
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Construction Financial Management Association, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association: Past Board Member, Construction Law Section
  • American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, Member
Successful Results
  • Successfully co-chaired two different six-week class action construction defect trials on behalf of roofing subcontractors, including one of the first class action construction defect cases in Arizona.
  • Successfully co-chaired a trial defending a stucco subcontractor in a 1,500-home, multi-party complex litigation.
  • Successfully defended an international engineering firm against a $20 million breach of contract claim related to design of a large mechanical stabilized earth wall. 
  • Successfully defended an architect against breach of contract claims of more than $20 million relating to design of a $600 million public project.
  • Recently obtained summary judgment and dismissal, including an award of attorney fees, in an action against a national subcontractor based on a spoliation of evidence argument.
  • Appearing pro hac vice in Nevada, Cole obtained a summary judgment and dismissal, including an award of attorney fees, in an action against a national product manufacturer.

2016 Best Law Firms by U.S. News 2015 Best Law Firms by U.S. News 2014 Best Law Firms by U.S. News 2013 Best Law Firms by U.S. News Listed in Best Lawyers: The World's Premier Guide 2013 Winner: Best of Our Valley, AzFoothills.com