Bryan Cave LLP Partner Steven A. Hirsch has been elected to the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors. He will serve a three-year term in District 6, Maricopa County. Hirsch was installed on June 13 by Supreme Court of Arizona Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch at the State Bar Annual Convention in Tucson, Arizona.
The Board of Governors oversees the policy making and operations of Arizona’s mandatory bar. The Board is comprised of 30 people: four non-attorney, public members appointed by the Board; three at-large members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court; 19 attorney members elected by fellow Bar members in their district; and four ex-officio members (immediate past president and the deans of Arizona’s three law schools).
Hirsch’s litigation practice concentrates on general business, utility and commercial litigation and has included several jury trials concerning eminent domain, contract and lease disputes, valuation of real estate, land use regulation and other government takings of undeveloped and improved land, income producing properties, utility property and certificated areas and water rights. He also has substantial experience in construction law matters, including the resolution of mechanic’s and materialmen’s lien disputes, public and private contract disputes, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in construction contracts and negotiating the terms of owners’, general contractors’, subcontractors’ and suppliers’ agreements and purchase orders.
Hirsch has served as President of the Arizona Bar Foundation, the State Bar of Arizona’s charitable arm, and was a founder and president of the Arizona Justice Institute, now known as the Morris Institute for Justice, a non-profit organization devoted to providing legal services and public policy initiatives regarding issues affecting the underprivileged. He is current President of the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, the charitable arm of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and is past chair of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona. He served as Co-Chair of Arizona’s Multi-jurisdictional Task Force, which studied and helped implement changes to the State’s Ethics Rules allowing better service to clients in other states’ courts. Hirsch is a former President of the University of Arizona Law College Association and has served on a wide variety of other boards and committees of the Maricopa County Bar Association, State Bar of Arizona and American Bar Association. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has served as a judge pro tempore of the Arizona Court of Appeals.