Steven A. Hirsch to be Inducted into Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame Class of 2016; Honored with 2016 Champion for Justice Award by William E. Morris Institute for Justice10/04/16
PHOENIX, ARIZ. — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix office partner Steven A. Hirsch, a member of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, will be inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual luncheon, which will take place on October 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix. In addition, Hirsch will similarly be honored by the William E. Morris Institute for Justice as part of the organization’s Phoenix benefit and 20th anniversary celebration, which will take place on October 20 at the University Club in Phoenix.
The Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame, created through the Maricopa County Bar Association in 2008, seeks to honor in perpetuity those remarkable individuals who have built the legal profession in this county and beyond, who have made extraordinary contributions to the law and justice and who have distinguished themselves at the highest levels of public service.
“Steve has been an invaluable force in the Maricopa County legal community, and a dedicated leader of the Maricopa County Bar Association, for four decades,” said Kyle Hirsch (editor’s note: no relation), President of the Maricopa County Bar Association. “Steve has served in too many Maricopa County Bar Association leadership roles to list, dating as far back as his service as President of our Young Lawyers Division in 1987-1988 and as founding Chair of our Annual Convention from 1988-1990; and as recently as serving as co-chair of our Centennial Celebration Committee in 2013-2014; with many other roles in between.”
In addition to this achievement, the William E. Morris Institute for Justice, for which Hirsch is a founding board member, will similarly honor Hirsch in October as part of its 20th anniversary celebration with its lifetime achievement honor, the Champion for Justice Award.
The William E. Morris Institute for Justice is a non-profit program dedicated to protecting the rights of low-income Arizonans that works on issues including, but not limited to, major impact and class action litigation; advocacy with federal and state administrative agencies; advocacy at the Arizona Legislature; and technical assistance, training and support of Arizona’s three legal services programs.
“We will celebrate the Institute’s 20th year, as we honor one of our founders. Steve has a strong commitment to access to justice and had the foresight to create the Institute in response to congressional restrictions to legal services work,” said Ellen Katz, director of the William E. Morris Institute for Justice.
Hirsch has handled several jury trials, including contract and lease disputes, eminent domain, land use regulation, valuation of real estate, and other government takings of undeveloped and improved land, income-producing properties, utility property, and certificated areas and water rights. He practices regularly before the Arizona Corporation Commission in rate-making proceedings and other administrative proceedings affecting utilities. Hirsch also has brought actions against governmental agencies arising out of zoning, permitting, and similar land use disputes. He serves as President of the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, the charitable arm of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
He has been listed in Chambers USA®, Best Lawyers of America®, Southwest Super Lawyers®, and Arizona Business Magazine, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Currently, Hirsch serves on the State Bar of Arizona’s Board of Governors and is currently the organization’s Second Vice President. He has held various positions with the University of Arizona Law College Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, American Bar Association and Arizona Bar Foundation.
Hirsch received his law degree, with high distinction, from The University of Arizona and his bachelor's degree, with distinction, from The University of Arizona.