Steven M. Kaufman,
Mr. Kaufman is one of the three founding partners and presently managing partner of the law firm of Kaufman, Nichols & Kaufman, PLLC. From 1979 through December 2013, for 35 years, Mr. Kaufman was founding and managing partner of Farr Kaufman. From 1977 until founding Farr Kaufman, Mr. Kaufman was a young associate in a large divorce and family law firm. Mr. Kaufman concentrates his practice in the areas of family and divorce law, personal injury, and criminal law.
Mr. Kaufman has successfully represented clients in contested divorce and custody matters, plaintiffs in personal injury actions involving substantial settlements, and defendants in all types of criminal matters. Mr. Kaufman was the President of the Utah State Bar Association in 1996–97.
Mr. Kaufman is actively involved in both the Utah State Bar and the Weber County Bar Association and was also President of the Weber County Bar Association in 1981–1982.
Mr. Kaufman graduated from the University of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, in 1973. Mr. Kaufman graduated Cum Laude from the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington in 1977.
Mr. Kaufman and other partners own Harley motorcycles and are avid bikers. Mr. Kaufman also is the lead singer and bass guitarist for the local rock and roll band, Outrageous, which he started in 1964 and has opened for such famous bands as Three Dog Night, Johnny Rivers, Jan & Dean, The Mamas & Papas, The Monkeys, The Beach Boys, and many others. The band still plays concerts to this day.
Mr. Kaufman’s son, Kris, was a partner in Farr Kaufman and now a partner in our present firm. Prior to coming to Ogden to join our practice, Kris practiced law in Salt Lake City. Mr. Kaufman’s daughter, Shana, owns and manages one of Ogden’s finest restaurants, Hearth on 25th. Mr. Kaufman and his wife, Connie, have been married for 44 years.
Professional Recognitions and Awards
- Utah Business Magazine’s Utah Legal Elite 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- Life Time Achievement Award – Weber County Bar Association 2007
- American Biographical Institute, 2000
- Notable American Men, 1st Edition
- Who’s Who in American Law, 4th Edition
- Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, 1993
- Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans in American Society and Business, 1992
- Oxford’s Who’s Who, 1992
Areas of Practice
- All Utah State Courts, 1977
- S. Federal District Court for the District of Utah, 1977
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1980
- United States Supreme Court, 1985
- Gonzaga University, School of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 1977)
- University of Utah (B.S. in Speech, Magna Cum Laude, 1973)
Professional Activities, Associations, and Memberships
- Member, Second Judicial District Nominating Commission, 2009–2011
- Member, Utah Judicial Council, 1998–1999
- President, Utah State Bar Association, 1996–1997
- Bar Commissioner for the Second Judicial District, Utah State Bar Association, 1992–1998
- Chairman, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Utah State Bar Association, 1990–1992
- Chairman, Commission on Public Defenders for Weber County, 1984
- President, Weber County Bar Association, 1981–1982
- Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Utah State Bar, 1986–1992
- Judge Pro Tem, Ogden Second Circuit Small Claims Court, 1981–1999
- Member, Utah State Bar Association, 1977–Present
- Member, Weber County Bar Association, 1977–Present
- President’s Council, Gonzaga University, 1996–2001
- Board of Advisors, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1985–2007
- Master, Rex E. Lee Inns of Court
- Phi Kappa Phi Society, 1973
- Born in Spokane, Washington