Practice Overview

Rob Stefonowicz is an experienced trial attorney and appellate advocate.  Rob is the chair of the Larkin Hoffman’s real estate litigation practice group.  He advises clients on real estate, eminent domain, land use, environmental and construction-related disputes.  Rob has extensive experience in eminent domain (condemnation) matters and has served as the chair of the Eminent Domain Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association (Minnesota’s largest district bar association).  He was recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as an Attorney of the Year for a Minnesota Supreme Court victory setting aside a $1.4 million transportation fee imposed on a local developer.


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Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin


Community Service

  • Minnetonka Boys Basketball Association, Past Board President
  • Larkin Hoffman Bike MS 150 Team Member


Education

  • Hamline University School of Law, MN, J.D.
    • Hamline Law Review
    • Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy
  • North Dakota State University, ND, B.S.


Honors

  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2018
  • Super Lawyer,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-Present
  • Rising Star,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2005-2009


Prior Professional Experience

  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Timothy J. McManus, First Judicial District, Minnesota
  • Law Clerk, United States Attorney's Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Construction and Litigation Forums
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Eminent Domain Section
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Minnesota Eminent Domain Civil Jury Instructions Committee


Representative Appellate Cases

  • Cannot Falls Mall Inc. v. State by and through Commissioner of Transportation (2019 WL 66923616) 
  • Cleveland-Cliffs Minnesota Land Development v. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (2019 WL 1591797) 
  • Harstad v. City of Woodbury, 916 N.W.2d 540 (Minn. 2018) 
  • State by Commissioner of Transportation v. Kottschade (2017 WL 3974312) 
  • Builders Ass’n of Twin Cities v. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (2015 WL 5928014) 
  • In re Minntac Mine Extension Project in Mountain Iron (2014 WL 274077) 
  • Crossroads Center Rochester v. City of Rochester (2013 WL 1500858) 
  • Kottschade v. City of Rochester, 760 N.W.2d 342 (Minn. App. 2009) 
  • Giles Properties v. Kukacka (2007 WL 1191801)