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.

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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. 


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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. 

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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)


Keynote Speaker, UNCG Commencement, December 7, 2018

Speaker, "Making Greensboro," Greensboro Bar Associaton Luncheon, November 15, 2018

Moderator, “Lifting As We Climb: Inclusion & Diversity,” UNC-Greensboro, November 8, 2018

Speaker, PLANIT GSO kick-off event, October 5, 2018

Panelist, " Minority Enterprise Development Week Legal Panel," MED Week, September 26, 2018.

Panelist, Affordable Housing Panel, First Bank Financial Education series, Greensboro, NC, June 2018

"Recent Developments in Insider Trading Law," presentation with David Smyth at the UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 8, 2013

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”

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Speaking Engagements

November 15, 2018

Justin Outling to Speak at Greensboro Bar Association Luncheon

Brooks Pierce partner Justin Outling will address attendees at the Greensboro Bar Association’s member meeting on Nov. 15 in Greensboro. The presentation, entitled “Making Greensboro,” will provide an overview of Greensboro’s developmental history, an assessment of recent growth, along with a...Read more
October 18, 2018

Justin Outling Speaks at PLANIT GSO Kick-Off Event

Brooks Pierce partner and Greensboro City Councilman Justin Outling recently spoke at the PLANIT GSO kick-off event at Greensboro’s Center City Park on Friday, Oct. 5. PLANIT GSO is the City of Greensboro’s process for creating its next comprehensive plan, the roadmap that will guide Greensboro’s...Read more


Twenty-five Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in the 2018...(read more)

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