Steven C. Boos

Steven C. Boos is a partner in the law firm of Maynes, Bradford, Shipps and Sheftel, LLP. Since joining the firm, Steve has provided general representation to the Southern Ute Indian tribal government and has shared representation of the Southern Ute Indian Gaming Commission and the Ute Mountain Ute Gaming Commission with Patricia A. Hall. He has also pioneered the firm’s Indian health care practice through representation of P.L. 93-638 healthcare facilities, such as the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc., and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in its efforts to become a 638 contractor of the Southern Ute Health Center. Steve has represented the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Navajo Nation in their multi-million dollar Contracts Disputes Act claims for unpaid contract support funding from the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. More recently, Steve has engaged in voting rights litigation in Utah and was successful in persuading the United States District Court that election districting plans in San Juan County, Utah violated the Constitution.

Since his graduation from law school, Steve’s professional experience has been focused on the representation of Indians and Indian tribal governments. He served as a staff attorney, senior attorney, and acting Director of Litigation for DNA – People’s Legal Services from 1983 through 1992. During the latter part of this period, he also served as an Associate Judge of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Court. In 1992, Steve began work as a staff attorney for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice where he conducted general litigation on behalf of the Navajo Nation. In 1995, he was appointed to serve as the Chief Legislative Counsel of the Navajo Nation, where he represented the 88 member Navajo Nation Council and assisted in the creation and adoption of legislation for the Navajo Nation, as well as providing general representation of the Navajo Nation Legislative Branch and its entities.

Steve has served as both the President and Vice-President of the Navajo Nation Bar Association (1992-1994) and is a current member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association Disciplinary Committee. Steve also served a term as a member of the DNA-People’s Legal Services Board of Directors (1998 – 2000).

Education

  • Steve received his B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of California at San Diego in 1977. He matriculated at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, England, in 1977. Steve received his J.D. degree from the University of California at San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law, in 1983.

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Colorado
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of Utah
  • State Bar of California (inactive)
  • Navajo Nation Tribal Court
  • United States District Court for Northern California
  • United States District Court for Utah
  • United States District Court for Arizona
  • United States District Court for New Mexico
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • Unites States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Supreme Court

Representative Experience

Steve has represented Indian interests in a number of pieces of complex litigation, including:

  • Superior Oil v. Merritt, 619 F. Supp. 526 (D. Utah 1985)
  • Utah Department of Social Services v. Vigil, 784 P.2d 1130 (D. Utah 1989)
  • Meyers, et al. v. Board of Education of San Juan School District, et al., 905 F. Supp. 1544 (D. Utah 1995)
  • Tallman V. Gen. James Conway, et al., No. Ed-CV-82 (C.D. CA 2007)
  • San Juan Citizens Alliance, et al. v. Norton, et al. and Southern Ute Indian Tribe, et al., No. 04-CV-1038 (D.N.M. 2008)
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe v. Sebelius, 657 F.3d. 1071 (10th Cir. 2011), cert den. Sebelius v. Southern Ute Indian Tribe, No. 11-762 (2012)
  • Navajo Nation v. San Juan County, No. 2:12-cv-00039-RS (D. Utah 2012)