Lincoln W. Hobbs was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1960. He attended the University of Utah as an undergraduate, receiving a B.A. in English in 1982. Lincoln attended the University of Utah College of Law, and was the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Contemporary Law. While at the University of Utah College of Law, he was a Leary Scholar.
Following his graduation from law school in 1986, Lincoln was an associate and thereafter a shareholder in the firm of Winder & Haslam, P.C. In early 1999, he left that firm to start Lincoln W. Hobbs, L.C. At the end of 1999, Margaret Olson, a colleague from Winder & Haslam, joined the firm.
Lincoln is active in numerous professional and community service projects, having served for years as a member of the Utah State Bar’s Ethics and Discipline Panel, and as an officer of the Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section, of which he served as chair in 2002-03. Lincoln is also the founder and past president of the Utah Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), an organization dedicated to fostering vibrant, responsive, competent community associations. In the Spring of 2003, the Community Associations Institute gave Lincoln the Award of Excellence in Chapter Leadership, in recognition of his service to the Community Associations Institute and the Utah community association industry.
In the Spring of 2004, Lincoln was the first Utah attorney in Utah to be inducted into the College of Community Association Lawyers, an organization established to acknowledge CAI member attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the evolution or practice of community association law and who have committed themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of community association law. In 2012, Lincoln was elected by his peers to serve on the College’s Board of Governors.
Lincoln serves as a member of the CAI National Faculty, teaching several courses every year throughout the United States, on community association (condominium and HOA) management, communication, governance and risk management. Lincoln also served as the president of board of the Foundation for Community Association Research, with which he continues to contribute as a member of the research subcommittee.
In 2009, Lincoln compiled and edited, with others, the CAIRF Best Practices guide to green practices and sustainability for community associations.
Lincoln has repeatedly and consistently been recognized with the highest available rating (“AV”) from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s leading directory of attorneys and law firms. He has been consistently recognized as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” by Utah Business Magazine, for many years in the category of labor and employment law, and most recently also being listed for 2013 in the field of civil litigation.
Lincoln W. Hobbs has once again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in three practice areas — Litigation, Construction and Litigation and Labor and Employment Law. “For over a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers® has been regarded – by both the profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 3.1 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Our annual, advertisement-free publication has been described by The American Lawyer as ‘the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.’”
Lincoln has also been repeatedly recognized as a Mountain States SuperLawyer with real estate law as his primary area of practice, reflecting his selection as one of the top 5 percent of attorneys in Utah, as chosen by his peers through the independent research of Law & Politics. Lincoln was recently selected to appear once again in the upcoming edition of SuperLawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition.
Lincoln has significant experience in the successful pursuit of construction defect litigation on behalf of condominium associations, with two settlements in excess of one million dollars, several six-figure settlements and numerous smaller settlements and verdicts. In addition, he received a judge-awarded judgment in excess of 1.8 million in connection with construction defects on a single-family residence.
Lincoln is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.
• Founder and past President of the Utah Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI)
• 2003 recipient of the Community Associations Institute Award of Excellence in Chapter Leadership, in recognition of his service to the Community Associations Institute and the Utah community association industry.
• 2004 inducted into the College of Community Association Lawyers
• Former President of Board of the Foundation for Community Association Research
• Member of the CAI National Faculty
• AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell