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  • Education
    • J.D., summa cum laude, John Marshall Law School, 2007, Valedictorian, Class of 2007; The John Marshall Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 2006-2007; Dean’s Scholarship; Herzog Scholarship; CALI Excellence for the Future Award in various practice areas, including Contracts, Torts, and Employment Law
    • B.A., magna cum laude, Valparaiso University, 2004, The National Dean’s List, 2004; Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, Social Sciences
      Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society, History

Justin Watkins is an advocate for clients in the courtroom and a problem solver for clients outside the courtroom. He is a trial attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of construction, real estate, and commercial litigation. With the firm since 2009, Justin brings significant trial and litigation experience to his representation of clients.

In his construction practice, Justin regularly serves a broad range of clients across the construction industry, including general contractors, subcontractors, materials suppliers, design professionals, construction managers, and property owners and developers. He has significant experience in the following areas:

  • All phases of litigation in both state and federal court, including discovery, pre-trial motion practice, and trial practice, as well as alternative dispute resolution
  • Assisting clients in the litigation of scope-of-work and payment disputes, defective design and workmanship claims, and mechanic's liens, including both the assertion and defense of claims
  • Finding solutions to problems outside the courtroom that realize and advance the best interests of his clients
  • Representing business clients in the litigation of real estate and contract disputes, product liability, personal injury, property damage, and bad faith claims
  • Assisted a multinational structural engineering firm in achieving the favorable resolution through mediation of a multiparty construction lawsuit following years of contentious litigation involving numerous claims, counterclaims, and cross claims, including a multimillion dollar design-defect claim affecting multiple disciplines.
  • Assisted co-counsel in obtaining a summary judgment on multiple claims asserted against client in multimillion dollar contract lawsuit, substantially limiting the amount in dispute and positioning the case for the eventual resolution through mediation on the eve of trial.
  • Prepared and filed Mechanic’s Lien that provided security for construction manager’s claim for amounts due and owing from bankrupt property owner, and successfully litigated the lien enforcement action in state and then federal bankruptcy court to a pre-trial resolution allowing the client to obtain recovery from bank holding junior lien on the subject property.
  • Prepared and filed a Mechanic’s Lien, and successfully litigated lien enforcement action against a general contractor and property owner on behalf of a construction project materials supplier to a pre-trial resolution allowing client to obtain recovery from a bank holding junior lien on the subject property.
  • Prepared motions and related pleadings, allowing the client to intervene and obtain transfer to favorable federal court venue of commercial litigation lawsuit filed in an improper federal court venue.
  • Through intensive discovery, document review and analysis, and legal research, positioned a case involving claims in excess of $1 million for equitable resolution at mediation for a fraction of the complaining party’s original claim.