Justin represents and advises clients in several areas of litigation, with a focus on client-driven results achieved through efficient diligence and thoroughness. Justin has experience in several substantive areas, including worker’s compensation, premises liability, contract disputes, veterinary malpractice, collections, and appellate advocacy.
After earning his law degree, Justin served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable L. Mark Bailey at the Court of Appeals of Indiana, where he polished his legal research and writing skills and gained a unique perspective on litigation as viewed through the lens of appellate practice. Before beginning his legal career, Justin grew up in Vermont, and was a professional musician with experience performing around the globe, including for Princess Cruises, Disneyland, and Walt Disney World.
Home repair contractor: breach of contract lawsuit. The plaintiff alleged that our client failed to perform specific repairs in a workmanlike manner, thus breaching its contract. Our defense focused on the doctrine of accord and satisfaction, because the plaintiff had accepted a check along with a contractual reduction in price. The Court entered judgment for our client, with costs.
Veterinarian: lawsuit alleging professional negligence. The plaintiff alleged that the client negligently performed a procedure, causing a systemic infection which resulted in the death of the plaintiff’s animal. In defense of the veterinarian, expert testimony was presented showing that the plaintiff’s allegations of causation were merely speculative, and that the plaintiff had not established negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. The Court entered judgment for the client.
Court of Appeals: Miller v. Rosehill Hotels, LLC, 45 N.E.3d 15 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015).
Publications & Presentations
EMPLOYMENT LAW ALERT: Supreme Court Decision Lightens Employer Burden in FLSA Disputes, RBE Blog (2018)
- On April 2, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion which may have long-lasting effects on wage and hour law. The dispute in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, 584 U.S. _____ (2018) involved a claim brought by current and former service advisors against a car dealership employer, seeking damages for alleged failure to pay overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). READ ARTICLE
“Can’t We Just Appeal?”— When (and When Not) to Seek an Appeal, RBE Blog (2018)
- Let’s say a trial court or jury just made a decision with which you disagree. Your next question likely will be, “can’t we just ‘fix’ it on appeal?” Unfortunately, the answer often is “no.” Generally, our appellate courts, consisting of Indiana’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, are courts of review. This means they do not decide the outcome of disputes in the first place; rather, they decide whether an issue was correctly decided. READ ARTICLE
“Don’t Cash that Check! – The Pitfalls of ‘Accord and Satisfaction’”, RBE Blog (2017)
- Imagine this scenario: you sell your goods or services to a customer and send an invoice, and the customer gives you a check covering only part of your invoice. If this happens, examine the check very carefully. If the check says “Full and Final Payment” or “In Full Satisfaction” anywhere, do not cash it (unless you are willing to accept the reduced amount as full payment for your invoice). If you do cash the check, you may be stuck with the reduced payment under the doctrine of “accord and satisfaction.”. READ ARTICLE
Beyond the Office
Justin’s hobbies include golfing, cycling, and skiing.
Indianapolis Bar Association
- Co-Vice-Chair of Legal Education, Executive Board-Young Lawyers Division
- Serving as the Co-Vice-Chair of Legal Education, Justin overseas and directs committee members in executing various CLE’s offered by the Young Lawyers Division. The purpose of the IndyBar Young Lawyers Division is to stimulate the interest of young lawyers and new members of the Indianapolis Bar Association in the objectives of the Association, to carry on activities which will be of assistance to those and other lawyers in their practice of law, to educate and inform the legal community and the general public, and to make reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Association.
Indiana State Bar Association
Sagamore American Inn of Court
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Indiana
- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, B.M., Piano Performance, French Minor (2006)
- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, M.M., Jazz Studies (2009)
- Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D. (2012)
- Indiana (2012)
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (2013)
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (2014)