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Clients rely on Justin to navigate their most challenging problems. Justin has a diverse and cutting edge practice—he negotiated one of the first commercial space flight passenger agreements, represents professional sports teams in litigation throughout the United States and negotiates global life science deals.  Whether the client is a public company, an emerging company or an individual, Justin and his team work tirelessly to get results for his clients. Clients describe Justin as: “a solution driven lawyer with excellent judgment,” “always looking to get to ‘yes,’” “one of the only people I trust and a friend,” and “aggressive and a pit bull litigator when necessary.”

Justin serves as a strategic legal advisor, outside general counsel and litigator to established and emerging companies across industries, including:
  • life science, healthcare and HealthTech
  • real estate development and PropTech
  • space tourism
  • sports and entertainment
  • fashion and retail
  • television and film production
  • Over the Top (“OTT”) media service providers
  • investment funds, family offices and angel investors
Justin has negotiated significant domestic and international transactions, including:
  • a private equity consortium bidding on the multi-billion-dollar acquisition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), one of the largest transactions in history for a sports organization;
  • a publicly-traded biotech company in a licensing, commercialization and supply deal covering a pipeline of biosimilar drugs in development in the United States and Europe;
  • a production company in connection with a multi-party, global documentary production deal; and
  • a multinational pharmaceutical company in connection with a major U.S. land acquisition and development project.
Justin has successfully represented companies in litigation throughout the United States in state and federal courts, including:
  • defending a publicly traded company against claims seeking more than $50 million in damages arising from an early stage investment;  
  • securing a groundbreaking digital fair use victory in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of a client defending against a claim for copyright infringement challenging its plagiarism detection service;
  • obtaining a dismissal on behalf of a professional football team in a multi-million dollar insurance dispute;
  • successfully litigating and settling a breach of sponsorship agreement dispute on behalf of a professional basketball team;
  • successfully representing a professional sports team in defending defamation claims; and  
  • pursuing and defending claims on behalf of clients under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. 
Prior to joining Ice Miller, Justin was a partner at two other New York City law firms. Justin also clerked for the Honorable Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Justin is a member of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute Leadership Council.  He is also an active supporter of the University of Michigan LSA Opportunity Hub.  When he is not working, Justin enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters and his pug, Oscar.
 
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Suite, LLC v. Orchestrade Financial Systems, Inc., 2019 WL 3711769 (S.D.N.Y. July 15, 2019)
  • Dillon v. West Pub. Corp. et al.,——Fed.Appx.——, 2014 WL 212357 (9th Cir. 2014)
  • Bagg v. HighBeam Research, Inc. et al., 2013 WL 3466846, (N.D. Ill. July 10, 2013)
  • Villa San Clemente, LLC v. Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting) Inc. et al., Memorandum Decision (Sup. Ct., N.Y. County Aug. 17, 2012)
  • Dillon v. West Publishing Corporation et al., 2012 WL 2131936 (D. Nev. June 12, 2012)
  • Bagg v. HighBeam Research, Inc. et al., 2012 WL 1940231 (D. Mass. May 17, 2012)
  • Ipreo Holdings LLC v. Thomson Reuters Corp., Reuters America LLC et al., 2011 WL 855872 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 8, 2011)
  • Dillon v. West Pub. Corp. et al., 409 Fed.Appx. 152 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Triano v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., 2010 WL 3932334, (S.D.N.Y. September 29, 2010), appeal dismissed, (2d Cir. Dec. 1, 2010)
  • Christen v. iParadigms, LLC, No. 10-620, 2010 WL 3063137 (E.D.Va. Aug. 4, 2010)
  • Industrial Quick Search, Inc., et al. v. Terryn, 2010 WL 481057 (Mich. Ct. App. Feb. 11, 2010) appeal denied, 2010 WL 2795386 (Mich. July 15, 2010)
  • A.V. ex rel. Vanderhye v. iParadigms, LLC, 562 F.3d 630 (4th Cir. 2009)
  • Hypergraphics Press, Inc. v. Cengage Learning, Inc., Slip Copy, 2009 WL 972823 (N.D. Ill. 2009)
  • A.V. v. iParadigms, LLC, 544 F.Supp.2d 473 (E.D. Va. 2008)
  • Brandt v. MIT Development Corp., 552 F.Supp.2d 304 (D. Conn. 2008)
  • MMZ Associates, Inc. v. Gelco Corp., Slip Copy, 2006 WL 3531429 (S.D.N.Y. 2006)
Selected Experience
  • Representing a global pharmaceutical company in connection with major land acquisition and development project.
  • Represented next generation health technology company in $50 million Series B round and $16 million Series A round.
  • Successfully represented a financial technology company in separate actions seeking copyright infringement damages and damages for breach of a licensing agreement in the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in connection with a commercialization, licensing, and supply transaction involving its pipeline of biosimilar drugs in development in the US and Europe.
  • Successfully negotiated and resolved claims asserted on behalf of professional sports teams and arenas in breaches of contract actions and intellectual property infringement actions in New York state and federal courts.
  • Successfully lifted a default judgment entered against an international fashion company in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and successfully resolved the underlying claims.
  • Represented the Association of Boxing Commissions in connection with communication to Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and other New York political leaders concerning safety risks presented by New York’s law banning combative sports.
  • Represented iParadigms, LLC in copyright infringement litigation challenging digital plagiarism detection technology copying and storing student submissions. Secured fair use victories in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
News
Published In
  • “Court Dismisses Libel Claim Over Erroneous Newspaper Headline: Headline Should Not Be Read in Isolation,” Media Law Resource Center, Media Law Letter, October 2010
  • “Fourth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Plagiarism Detection Service: Digital Database a Fair Use; Important Implications for New Media,” Media Law Resource Center, Media Law Letter, May 2009
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