- Yale University (B.A., cum laude, 1997)
- Columbia University (J.D. 2000)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court of the United States, 2002-2003
Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III, United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 2000-2001
Justin Nelson is the go-to lawyer for high-stakes litigation. Justin’s practice centers on taking cases to trial, arguing key motions leading up to trial or the appeal, and positioning the case for victory. He brings an unparalleled combination of trial and appellate excellence.
Justin was lead counsel for Green Mountain when it obtained a $64.5 million judgment against Ardagh in the Federal District Court of Delaware—a verdict upheld on appeal and was included on National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts of the Year list.
Justin won a $38 million judgment for repeat client, Fractus, (a case that later settled on appeal) and has led a strategy that has resulted in Fractus recovering over $100 million.
In 2020, Justin represented various governmental actors regarding the 2020 election. His clients included entities with both Republican and Democratic control. Among his clients, Justin represented the Arizona Secretary of State in Bowyer v. Ducey and argued the successful motion to dismiss regarding the false allegations of election fraud. Justin also successfully represented the Governor of Wisconsin in a series of litigations related to the 2020 election.
Justin is co-lead counsel for Dominion Voting Systems in its defamation lawsuits seeking accountability for those who have made false claims that Dominion rigged the 2020 Presidential Election.
The legal industry has taken note of Justin’s litigation talents. In 2010, American Lawyer wrote about how Justin turned around the multi-billion Washington Mutual bankruptcy in favor of the individual shareholders and against the banks trying to ram through a favorable plan.
Justin is a former law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the United States Supreme Court and for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Justin has represented various parties as amici in the Supreme Court of the United States, in cases ranging from intellectual property to antitrust to election law. He has practiced First Amendment law on behalf of various media companies.
Justin also has taught Advanced Constitutional Law on the Law of the Political Process and has served as the Chair of the Economics of the Profession Committee in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Division. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Texas Bar Association. Justin also currently teaches Legislation & Statutory Interpretation as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law, a class that covers a wide range of issues from public policy to statutes to criminal law to Constitutional law and the First Amendment. Justin was also the 2018 Democratic Nominee for Texas Attorney General against Ken Paxton.
In addition to his legal writings, Justin’s article on Lyndon Johnson’s role at the 1968 Democratic Convention appeared in the Presidential Studies Quarterly.
Justin is a member of Susman Godfrey’s Executive Committee.