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Steven J. Joffee

Steven Joffee is graduate of the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class.  He is now a member of Michael Best's litigation section. Mr. Joffee has represented corporate and individual clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts in a wide variety of matters. He concentrates his practice in the areas of eminent domain and condemnation law, complex civil and commercial litigation, and appeals.

Mr. Joffee has represented numerous private property owners in cases involving condemnation, inverse condemnation, and eminent domain from initial negotiations with condemning authorities through trial.  Mr Joffee is committed to protecting private property owners to the full extent permitted by law and to getting private property owners the just compensation to which they are constitutionally entitled.   

Mr. Joffee has substantial experience with and insight into the workings of state and federal courts. Before joining Michael Best, Mr. Joffee served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Scott Matheson, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and to Chief Justice Matthew Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court.  He also worked for WilmerHale's Washington DC office and was a partner at Mitchell, Barlow & Mansfield.

Education
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., with highest honors 2010)
       Order of the Coif
       Executive Editor, Utah Law Review
       Best Individual Oralist, 2009 National Moot Court Competition Regional Round
       First Place Team, 2009 Traynor Moot Court Competition
Brigham Young University-Idaho (B.S., with highest honors, 2007)

Other Professional Experience
Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington DC
Law Clerk to Judge Scott Matheson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Law Clerk to Chief Justice Matthew Durrant, Utah Supreme Court
Judicial Extern to Judge Dale Kimball, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Professional Recognition & Awards
Rising Star, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2015-2017

Bar Admissions
Utah
District of Columbia

Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
Utah Supreme Court

Publications
The Crime Victim’ s Expanding Role in a System of Public Prosecution: A Response to the Critics, 105 NW U. L. REV. Colloquy 164 (2011) (co-authored with Paul Cassell)
Avenging Amy: Compensating Victims of Child Pornography Through 18 U.S.C. § 2259, 10 WHITTIER J. CHILD & FAM. ADVOC. 201 (2011)
Comment, Long Overdue: Utah’ s Incomplete Approach to Eyewitness Identification and Suggestions for Reform, 2010 UTAH L. REV. 443
Note, Validating Victims: Enforcing Victims’ Rights through Mandatory Mandamus, 2009 UTAH L. REV. 241

Languages Spoken

Spanish