Rob A. Stefonowicz is a shareholder and litigator with Larkin Hoffman. Rob has a broad range of litigation experience in state and federal court. His litigation practice focuses on business, real estate and construction-related disputes. Rob also represents property owners in eminent domain, property tax and special assessment matters. He was recently elected Vice Chair of the Eminent Domain Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota’s largest district bar association.
North Dakota, 2000
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Professional Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association, Construction and Litigation Forums
Hennepin County Bar Association
Vice Chair, Eminent Domain Section
Minnesota Bar Association
State Bar Association of North Dakota
Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN, 1999 J.D.
Associate, Hamline Law Review
Associate, Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 1996 B.S.
Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Timothy J. McManus, First Judicial District, Minnesota
Law Clerk, United States Attorney's Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Real Estate, Land Use and Resources
Full Compensation for Damages Secured for Contractor in Construction Dispute
Rob Stefonowicz secured a very favorable settlement for a contractor client in a contract dispute arising out of a construction project in western Minnesota.
Favorable Verdict for Construction of Duluth Western Middle School
Larkin Hoffman successfully defended Duluth Public Schools in a lawsuit brought by several citizens who opposed the construction of Duluth’s Western Middle School.
Successful Jury Verdict in Transportation Case
After battling the Minnesota Department of Transportation for nearly eight years in his attempt to seek just compensation for the client’s land that was taken for a highway project, this client turned to Larkin Hoffman for litigation support.
Developer Who Sued State Gets $8 Million Jury Award
A Rochester real estate developer won a multimillion-dollar jury verdict this week in a years-long eminent domain dispute with the state of Minnesota.
Condemnation Damages: A Property Owner's Constitutional Right to Just Compensation
Rob Stefonowicz discusses the implications of the government's power to condemn land and how it affects a property owner's rights.
Property Owners’ Condemnation Bill of Rights
As a Minnesota property owner, you have certain constitutional and statutory rights when a local, county, or state government proposes to take your private property for a public purpose. Here is a list that we call our “property owners’ bill of rights” to inform and remind you of these rights.
Contractors Beware EPA Lead Paint Renovation Rule Now in Effect
Contractors in Minnesota and throughout the United States that perform repairs or renovations that disturb lead-based paint (such as sanding, cutting and demolishing) in homes, schools and child-care facilities constructed before 1978 are now subject to new EPA regulations mandating certain “lead-safe practices.”
Mechanic's Lien Case Law Update
The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently decided two matters with implications on mechanic’s lien foreclosure procedures. The first case involves lien apportionment. In this matter, a lienholder filed a blanket mechanic’s lien on a 41-acre residential development, but then sought to foreclose its entire lien against only three of the lots in the development.
Law Governing Construction Defects Sees Changes
Rob Stefonowicz reviews the Minnesota Legislature's response to the Camacho Decision and the newly established mandatory resolution process for construction defect lawsuits, known as Notice and Opportunity to Repair (NOR).
Midwest Real Estate News Names Larkin Hoffman 'Best of the Best'
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce the firm's inclusion in Midwest Real Estate News' 2012 'Best of the Best.' Larkin Hoffman was included with 28 other firms that have a significant influence and reputation within the real estate industry.
Eminent Domain Verdict Featured in National Publication
The verdict in a recent case between a Rochester real estate developer and the state of Minnesota was featured in the National Jury Verdict Review & Analysis. Larkin Hoffman attorneys Gary Van Cleve and Rob Stefonowicz represented the developer who received a $7.845 million jury award. Click here to view the article.
Stefonowicz Elected Vice Chair of Eminent Domain Section of HCBA
Rob A. Stefonowicz was elected Vice-Chair of the Eminent Domain Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Mechanic's Lien Case Verdict Reached
A Rochester housing developer represented by Gary Van Cleve and Rob Stefonowicz won a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in a year-long eminent domain dispute with the state of Minnesota.
Should You Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment?
Commonly asked questions and answers in deciding if your property as been accurately assessed and what options can be pursued if you feel your property tax is too high.
Stefonowicz Family Featured in Alumni Magazine
Larkin Hoffman attorney Rob Stefonowicz and his spouse, Jody were featured by the athletics alumni publication serving North Dakota State University for their dedication and support of NDSU athletics.
Larkin Hoffman Elects Three New Shareholders
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce the election of Ryan N. Boe, Joani C. Moberg, and Rob A. Stefonowicz as shareholders.
Larkin Hoffman Client Prevails in Long Fought Takings Case, Noted by National Association of Home Builders
Larkin Hoffman client and Legal Action Network for Development Strategies member, Frank Kottschade, obtained new life in his unconstitutional takings lawsuit against the City of Rochester as a result of a Minnesota Court of Appeals decision reversing a lower court dismissal of Kottschade’s lawsuit against the City because the lower court concluded that Kottschade had waited too long to sue. Kottschade v. City of Rochester, App. Ct. No. A08-0143 (Minn. App. Feb. 10, 2009).
Eight Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Selected as 2009 Rising Stars
Eight Larkin Hoffman attorneys named to the Minnesota Law & Politics Rising Stars® list.
Larkin Hoffman Win Saves Land Developer $1M in Taxes
In a recent case in Olmsted County, the district court ruled that a city over-assessed the value of undeveloped land by more than $1 million when it levied over $1.7 million in special assessments against the land. Larkin Hoffman was able to save the client more than $1 million in taxes.
Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named as 2008 Minnesota Law & Politics Rising Stars
Nine Larkin Hoffman attorneys have been named to the 2008 Rising Stars list published by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.
Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named 2007 Rising Stars
Larkin Hoffman congratulates six 2007 Rising Stars.
Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named 2006 Rising Stars
Nine Larkin Hoffman attorneys named 2006 "Rising Stars" by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.
Larkin Hoffman Real Estate Attorneys Present at MREE Event
Gary Van Cleve, Rob Stefonowicz and Mike Mergens discuss property tax and special assessment appeals at the Minnesota Real Estate Exchangors (MREE) networking event.
Real Estate Litigation Seminar Series
Larkin Hoffman presents a seminar series for property owners, business owners and real estate professionals on issues in real estate litigation.