Justin focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, investigations and regulatory matters. He has significant experience advising corporations in the transportation industry, including the representation of foreign and domestic airlines, product manufacturers, and ocean common carriers.
Justin is a litigator with trial experience, including first- and second-chair trial experience, and substantial experience briefing and arguing motions in federal and state courts. He handles matters through all stages of litigation, from the initial complaint or answer and preliminary motions, through discovery, dispositive motions, trial, post-trial motions, and appeal. He has represented corporations and individuals in disputes relating to contracts, torts, business separation, the Fair Housing Act (FHA), construction, and real estate. As part of his transportation practice, he has regularly represented a major domestic airline in litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. He also has experience at the appellate level, having briefed appeals in state appellate courts and the Fourth Circuit. In his regulatory practice, he has defended corporations in enforcement actions and investigations, and Justin has counseled corporations on regulatory matters. He has significant litigation experience in the Eastern District of Virginia, known as the “Rocket Docket,” where Justin clerked for a federal judge prior to joining Reed Smith. He uses this experience to advise clients on the speed of this court and its unique local practices.
Justin also has an active pro bono practice where he counsels non-profit organizations and represents victims of family abuse in protective order proceedings. In addition, Justin is part of the Pro Bono Counsel Program with the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of Virginia, which provides assistance to indigent clients in criminal proceedings in federal court.
Before joining Reed Smith, Justin served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Theresa Carroll Buchanan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Justin is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the George Washington University Law School, where he was a recipient of the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Public Service Fellowship. Outside of his practice, his passions include travelling, golfing, and skiing.