He’s more than just a stuffy “Dukie” lawyer, as his professional profile may suggest. Justin is a problem-solving lawyer, Spartan/Blue Devil fan, tandem bike riding dad, Greensboro cheerleader, and member of the Greensboro City Council – District 3.
He’s All About Greensboro . . .
Justin has been a member of the Greensboro City Council since he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Council in June of 2015. He overwhelmingly won election to the Council in his own right in November of that year. Since then he has established himself as an independent leader who works to move Greensboro forward by driving change and getting results. More action, fewer words.
In addition to serving on City Council, Justin is a partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard L.L.P., practicing business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as the Duke University School of Law. Prior to joining Brooks Pierce, Justin served as a federal law clerk to Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. of the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro. Subsequently, Justin practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton L.L.P. 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.
One of The New Generation of Leaders . . .
Justin, a winner of the Triad Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award” in 2016, brings a diverse, business-oriented skill set to City Council with a pragmatic and realistic approach to solving problems and getting results. He brought Wall Street experience and expertise to Elm Street, returning to the City he loves.
Family Man, Loves Having Fun, Focused on the Future . . .
Justin is married to his college sweetheart, Cora, and together they have two small children, Clark and Clara. Chasing his kiddos (and hustling to keep the family dog, Nine-A, from eating their crayons) keeps him busy. Justin looks at the future of Greensboro every day when he sees his family at the breakfast table.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Selected for Benchmark Litigation‘s “Under 40 Hot List” (2020)
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Alumni Award for Professional Achievement (2019)
- North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Citizen Lawyer Award (2019)
- Selected for Black Business Ink Magazine‘s “40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont” (2019)
- 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)
- UNCG Board of Visitors, Co-chair
- Carolina State Bank Board Member
- Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. Board Member
- Downtown Greenway Oversight Committee Board Member
- Preservation Greensboro Board Member
- Audubon North Carolina Board Member
- Dancing with the Stars for Operation Smile, “Celebrity Dancer”
- Men Can Cook for the Women’s Resource Center, Community “Chef”
- Guilford County Economic Development Alliance Leadership Group
- GSO 2040 (Comprehensive Plan) Advisory Committee (Chair) City of Greensboro
- Audit Committee (Vice-chair) City of Greensboro