Justin has successfully defended clients in a wide range of matters, including breach of contract, unfair competition and trade practices, fraud, shareholder disputes, and commercial financing.
Prior to joining Brooks Pierce, Justin practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP in New York City, where he represented financial institutions and multi-national corporations in securities and other complex litigation, as well as in criminal and regulatory matters.
Justin’s experience includes representing companies in governmental inquiries and investigations, involving hedge funds with exposure to the Bernard Madoff fraud, “repo” trading of securities, insider trading, and possible criminal liability arising from a mining accident that resulted in the deaths of over a dozen people.
Justin represents health care organizations on a variety of issues. His experience includes representing a hospital in breach of contract action involving a joint venture for an ambulatory surgical center.
Selected by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in the Young Guns category (2018)
Listed on Greensboro News & Record's Top 20 People of Influence in Greensboro (2017)
Triad Business Journal, "40 Under 40" Award (2016)
Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (2016)
Pro Bono Publico Award, Legal Aid Society of New York (for outstanding representation of domestic workers in human trafficking civil suit for unpaid wages)
Greensboro City Council, District Three (2015-present)
Council Member, Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2014-2015)
Member, Greensboro Bar Association (2013-present)
Member, Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court (2013-2016)
Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2013-present)
Member, Steering Committee, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Future Fund (2014-present)
Board of Trustees, Triad Stage (2015-2018)
Board of Directors, Elsewhere (living art museum) (2016-2018)
Board of Directors, Hospice Foundation of Greater Greensboro (2016-present)
Board of Directors, Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. (2016-present)
Piedmont Triad Water Authority (2015-2016)
Board of Directors, UNCG Alumni Association (2013-2015) (Chairman of Legislative Advocacy Committee, 2014-2015)
Chairman, Minimum Housing Standards Commission, City of Greensboro (2014-2015)
Council Member, Action Greensboro synerG (Co-chair, Professional & Leadership Development Committee) (2014-2015)
Member, Greensboro Fun Fourth Festival Advisory Board (2015-2016)
Presenter, Business North Carolina Cybersecurity Roundtable, Raleigh, NC, November 2018.
Presenter, "A Wrench in the Gears: How to Prevent a Data Breach from Disrupting Your Operations & Customer Relationships," mfgCON 2018, Durham, NC, November 14, 2018.
Presenter, "Data Breaches & Cybersecurity," 2018 CFO/CPA Risk Management Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 16, 2018
Presenter, "Data Privacy - A Legal Assessment," CFO Roundtable event, High Point, NC, August 16, 2018
Co-presenter, "You've Been Breached: What Next?," Business North Carolina CEO Summit, Pinehurst, NC, March 27, 2018
Panelist on cybersecurity concerns for entrepreneurs, Greater Women's Business Council's POP Too! Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 9, 2017
Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Raleigh Social Media Marketing Meetup, Raleigh, NC, January 18, 2017
Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Internet Summit, Raleigh, NC, November 16, 2016
Presenter, “Digital Media and Marketing,” UNC Festival of Legal Learning, February 14, 2015
Presenter, “Responding to a Data Breach,” Banking Security Summit, North Carolina Bankers Association, October 16, 2014
Presenter, Digital Legal & Compliance 101 Panel Discussion, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, June 24, 2014
Presenter, “Tax Consequences of Lobbying and Political Advocacy,” North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, May 2014
Panelist, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, ABA Forum on Communications Law, April 2014
Co-author, “Commercial Free TV and Aereo: What Lies Ahead for Content Owners in the Wake of the Ninth Circuit’s AutoHop Decision,” Communications Lawyer, November 2013
Co-author, “Prior Restraint 2.0: A Framework for Applying Section 230 to Online Journalism,” 1 Wake Forest J.L.& Pol'y 75, May 2011
Co-author, “Supreme Court Rocks Campaign Finance Boat,” Triad Business Journal, 2010
Moderator, “Recent Developments in Election Law,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2013
Panelist, “Copyright and the Internet: Giving Broadcasters the Cold Shoulder?” American Bar Association, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, April 2013
Presenter, “Citizens United and Corporate Political Speech: New Opportunities and Obstacles,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2010
Presenter, “Indemnification, Attorneys’ Fees and Arbitration Provisions in Contracts,” North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, February 2010
My favorite virtue: Integrity
My occupation if I weren't a lawyer: Sociologist
My favorite prose author: Isabel Wilkerson
My favorite activity away from work: Enjoying downtown Greensboro with my wife and two toddlers
My heroes in real life: My mother and my colleague, Henry Frye, both of whom embody the motto of “service above self”