Steven Anderson

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Executive Vice President


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Steven Anderson serves as the Institute for Justice’s Executive Vice President and is responsible for leading the day-to-day operation of the Institute. He works closely with IJ’s President and Chairman of the Board of Directors on all matters and is a member of the Institute’s management team where he assists with formulating and executing long-term organizational policies, priorities and strategy. He is also IJ’s primary financial officer and supervises multiple business functions at IJ, which include litigation, personnel, financial and investment management, legal and regulatory compliance, network administration and human resources. He meets regularly with IJ supporters to update them on the results of their investment. In addition, he oversees IJ’s legislative, Clinic, activism and coalition efforts. He serves as IJ’s corporate Secretary and Treasurer and is a principal liaison with the Board.

Before becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Steven worked as the Director of IJ’s Castle Coalition. In that role, he assisted homeowners, business owners and elected officials in the fight to end eminent domain abuse.

He has traveled widely to testify before Congress and state legislatures on the critical need for eminent domain reform and advises all levels of government on public policy. He has lectured and debated at conferences and symposia around the nation, making the case for substantive restrictions on the government’s power to transfer property from one private individual to another. Steven has arranged rallies nationwide to highlight the abuses of eminent domain. He has organized activists and helped individuals from coast to coast successfully fight outrageous redevelopment plans.

Steven has been quoted extensively and his writings and ideas have appeared frequently in magazines and newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle and Dallas Morning News. He has made regular broadcast media appearances on television as well as both local and nationally syndicated radio shows.

Originally from Norfolk, Va., Steven received his law degree from Wake Forest University and earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining IJ, he practiced law in both Virginia and North Carolina. In addition to his duties at IJ, he has taught legal research, writing and advocacy at The George Washington University Law School. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lyndsay, and two sons, Thomas and Henry.

Research and Reports

  • August 1, 2007    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    50 State Report Card

    Tracking Eminent Domain Reform Legislation Since Kelo

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s now-infamous decision in Kelo v. New London, 44 states have passed new laws aimed at curbing the abuse of eminent domain for private use.

  • January 1, 2007    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Dreher and Echeverria

    Disinformation & Errors on Eminent Domain

    In the fight to protect home and small business owners from the government’s abuse of eminent domain, it was only a matter of time until the apologists of the practice—taking property from one private individual and transferring it to another—began their counteroffensive. Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous and widely despised decision in Kelo v.…

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