Justin is a commercial litigator with experience in lawsuits involving insurance coverage, fraud, breach of contract, intellectual property, class actions and appeals.
Before law school, Justin spent seven years as a manager and consultant to large international organizations. He later clerked for The Hon. William J. Bauer and served as a research assistant to The Hon. Richard A. Posner, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He uses these experiences to understand his clients’ business objectives and tailor legal strategies accordingly.
Justin achieves positive results for his clients in their challenging commercial disputes. He has first- and second-chaired trials and mediations. Clients often compliment Justin’s innovative problem-solving strategies, legal and factual research, brief writing, depositions, courtroom appearances, settlement negotiations, management of complex discovery, dedication and responsiveness to their needs. Justin also has a deep background in computer engineering that serves him well in his representation of technology companies, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Insurance Coverage. Justin has written numerous successful summary judgment and other dispositive motions and appellate briefs for his insurance-company clients, developing unique research and arguments that saved his clients millions of dollars. Justin also second-chaired a jury trial while representing an insured.
Banking and Financial Services. Justin represents financial companies seeking over $70 million in damages related to the purchase of municipal bonds. In that case, he drafted the complaint and took numerous depositions in which he obtained key admissions from witnesses. In another case, Justin represented a financial company in its case for breach of contract against an armored car company. After years of litigation in which Justin analyzed mountains of documents, took and defended depositions, and crafted a powerful defense, the armored car company abandoned its prior position weeks before trial and the case settled successfully.
Intellectual Property Litigation. Justin represents an Internet technology company in its patent infringement lawsuit and a large cellular-device manufacturer in connection with providing legal advice about IP/antitrust litigation strategy. He previously secured injunctive relief for a large manufacturing company against a departing employee and competing manufacturer on claims involving misappropriation of trade secrets. He also helped achieve the successful settlement of a case in which he defended an automated warehousing company against claims of infringement and unfair competition and a case under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 applying for discovery of evidence for use in litigation abroad.
Class Actions. Justin is defending a pet-food manufacturer against a putative class action seeking an injunction and damages for purported deception related to “Made in the U.S.A.” labeling on a pet-food product. Previously, Justin helped an automobile manufacturer dismiss an alleged class action asserting product liability claims and an Internet company dismiss a proposed class action asserting improper overcharging.
Publications And Presentations
Recent Developments Affecting Additional-Insured Coverage Portfolios (with David Schoenfeld), ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (2016)
Key Considerations in Collecting Documents (with Amy Cho and Theresa Peverly) (Chicago, October 29, 2014)
Current Issues in Class Action Litigation (with Todd Jacobs, Lynn Murray, and Matt Killen) (Chicago, September 4, 2013)
Understanding Corporate IT Systems: A Prerequisite to Successful Electronic Discovery (Chicago, July 27, 2011)
Achieving Supreme Court Consensus: An Evolved Approach to State Sovereign Immunity, 88 Nebraska Law Review 760 (2010)
Insufficient Hedge-Fund Fraud Complaints and Misguided Motions to Dismiss, 11 Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law 161 (2009)
Minimalist Interpretation of the Jurisdictional Immunities Convention, 9 Chicago Journal of International Law 661 (2009)