University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO, 2004-2008; Cum Laude with Highest Distinction, B.A. Political Science; Phi Alpha Delta; Best Delegate, Model UN Legal Committee, 2007; Chief Justice, Student Government Judicial Board; with Honors paper: The Politics of Prostitution in Mexico.
Albany Law School, Albany, NY, 2008-2011; Juris Doctor, ACES Criminal Law Teaching Fellow; Donna Jo Morse negotiation competition winner. Competitor in Dominic Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition and Moot Court program. Upper Level Paper: Righting the Wrong: Protecting Foreign Nationals Through Creation of a Remedy in U.S. Courts for Vienna Convention Violations.
New York, 2012; Massachusetts, 2012; Colorado, 2012. Federal District of Colorado, 2013 and District of Massachusetts, 2015. Mediator, State of Colorado, 2012.
Justin began working for the Albany County Public Defender’s office under student practice order in 2009 and continued work as a dedicated advocate with a passion for protecting the rights of the indigent accused beyond graduation from law school. Justin handled numerous criminal cases ranging from minor traffic offenses and DUI cases to aggravated robbery cases and sexual offense cases. Justin further worked on Sex Offender Risk Assessment hearings with a goal towards transitioning convicted offenders back into societal life and conducted several motions and evidentiary hearings. Following this, Justin moved back home to Colorado and took an associate attorney position with Sanders Law Firm, practicing in the firms Mass Torts and Civil Litigation wing.
Justin has practiced at Sanders Law Firm since June, 2012, focusing primarily on mass torts including the Avandia, SSRI, Risperdal/Invega, General Motors Ignition Switch Defect, Xarelto, Essure, and Zofran litigations. Justin has also been actively involved in several of the firms environmental actions which have included cases related to violations of the Clean Water Act along with major chemical spills and releases which have caused significant harm to residents within the spill zones. Justin has also participated and filed actions in copyright, major personal injury, auto accident, premises liability, construction defect, medical malpractice and entertainment law cases, including a successful declaratory action against a major Hollywood studio on behalf of a small independent filmmaker and several successful actions on behalf of individuals injured by the negligence of others. In addition, Justin has participated in and filed property tax appeals, insurance bad faith actions and has worked on complex transactional cases.
- Legal Lives Program, Albany, NY
- Colorado Springs Teen Court
- Ben S. Wendelken Inn of Court
- Kappa Sigma Fraternity