Education

Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., 2003

Thunderbird School of Global Management, M.I.M./M.B.A., 2001

Emory University, B.A., 1997

Admissions

State Bar of Arizona

District of Columbia Bar

United States District Court, District of Arizona

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

About

Keith R. Galbut leads Galbut Beabeau’s corporate, construction, real estate, and outside general counsel practices. Keith has extensive experience in corporate and real estate transactions, including matters of corporate formation and governance and the negotiation of commercial contracts, employment agreements, license agreements, leases, and mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses. He often protects his clients’ rights and advances their interests in business, construction, and real estate disputes, whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation. Keith devotes a significant portion of his practice to supporting clients expanding into Arizona and beyond Arizona into domestic and foreign markets.

A community leader in the area of business globalization, Keith served as an Adjunct Professor of International Business Law at the Thunderbird School of Global Management for over ten years and as Chairman and President of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. Keith was honored by Global Chamber as “Global Business Service Provider of the Year” in 2015 and with the “PCFR Visionary Award” in 2016 by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.  Keith’s strong leadership, integrity, values, vision, and commitment to excellence is also evidenced by his 2021 recognition by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Valley’s “Most Admired Leaders.”

Keith is regularly recognized with AV Preeminent (the highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards) and Platinum Client Champion (the highest client review rating) designations by Martindale-Hubbell®. He has also been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, family business, and corporate law, and highlighted by AZ Business Magazine, Arizona Executive Magazine, and Phoenix Magazine as one of Arizona’s Top Lawyers. 

Keith’s passion for making a positive impact on his community is evident from his leadership involvement. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Banner Health Foundation, Advance Guatemala since its founding in 2008, and as an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Committee of Foreign Relations and Esperança. Keith is a recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “AZ’s Finest” award and “AZ’s FUTURE Award” for his contributions to the community and the Foundation, where he served as Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk for several years. Keith has also been a “Big Brother” for the last eighteen years.

Keith is a Phoenix native and graduate of ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University and earned Master’s Degrees in International Management and Business Administration (MIM/MBA), with a concentration on finance, from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In addition, Keith studied International Law and Business Transactions at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Cambridge University, England.

Keith’s passions are his family, international travel, community organizations, and residential construction and architecture. He is the Founder and President of Advocate – Residential Construction Advisors, a residential construction advisory and owners’ representation firm.

Practice Areas

Community Involvement

Advanced Guatemala (Board of Directors)
American Bar Association
Banner Health Foundation (Board of Directors)
Central Arizona Big Brothers Big Sisters (Big Brother)
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 
Esperança (Emeritus Member, Board of Directors)
Maricopa County Bar Association
Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (Past Chairman and President; Emeritus Member, Board of Directors)
State Bar of Arizona
Thunderbird School of Global Management (Adjunct Professor, 2005–2016)

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies, and Family Businesses Law (2016–2021)
Martindale Hubbell®, AV Preeminent (2005–2021)
Martindale Hubbell®, Platinum Client Champion (2016–2021)
Southwest Super Lawyers®, Super Lawyer (2015–2021)
Southwest Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2012–2014)
Phoenix Business Journal Valley’s “Most Admired Leaders” (2021)
AZ Executive Magazine, Legends of the Law (2017)
Global Chamber, Global Business Service Provider of the Year (2015)
Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, Visionary Award (2016)
AZ Business Magazine, Real Estate People to Know (2009–2010)
AZ Business Magazine, Top Lawyers (2008–2010)
BizAZ Magazine, Up and Coming Attorney Award (2005)
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, FUTURE Award (2005)
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, AZ's Finest Award (2001)