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-present)

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)


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

July 12, 2018

Justin Outling Speaks at U.S. Marine Corps Flag Raising Event

Brooks Pierce partner and Greensboro City Councilman Justin Outling delivered an address at the annual Marine Corps League Flag Raising event at Greensboro’s Friendly Center on July 4. Outling spoke to attendees on the true meaning of Independence Day and thanked the Marine Corps League Detachment...Read more
June 21, 2018

Justin Outling Addresses Greensboro Fellows

Justin Outling, a partner at Brooks Pierce, addressed the 2018 Greensboro Fellows at their Welcome Reception on June 13. Outling, who spoke about his work as an attorney with Brooks Pierce and as the District Three representative for the Greensboro City Council, encouraged the fellows to take...Read more


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

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