Steven Anderson


Executive Vice President

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Steven Anderson serves as the Institute for Justice’s Managing Vice President and is responsible for leading the day-to-day operation of the Institute. He is also IJ’s primary financial officer and supervises multiple business functions at IJ, which include litigation, personnel, financial and investment management, network administration and human resources. In addition, he oversees IJ’s legislative, Clinic, activism and coalition efforts.

Before becoming Managing 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 in 1999. He earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1996, where he majored in History. Prior to joining IJ, he practiced law as a litigator 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.

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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