Justin has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts nationwide, from shareholder and consumer class actions to individual personal injury claims. Though enjoying the challenge of the law, Justin felt an urgency to impact today’s youth. He applied to the New York City Teaching Collaborative, and learned to teach science while working in high-need public schools in New York City.
As a New York City public school teacher, Justin taught students of diverse needs, including a 12:1:1 special education classroom and an integrated co-teaching ("ICT") classroom. Justin experienced first-hand the frustration and hopelessness felt by students, parents, and teachers when the public school system could not meet the special needs of students. He witnessed bright students being ill-served by the public school system because their specific needs were not understood fully. Justin became convinced that students with disabilities need a dedicated advocate to ensure that the school district is fulfilling its promise. Justin realized that he could be most influential to young people and their families by using his law degree and establishing his own special education practice.
Justin is a 2006 magna cum laude graduate and Order of the Coif recipient from Washington & Lee University School of Law where he was an editor for the Capital Defense Journal.
In his spare time, Justin is an avid endurance athlete and has completed two Ironman triathlons and numerous ultramarathons and marathons. Justin lives in New York City with his wife, Mary Birnbaum, and his dog, Greg.
Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Lehman College, M.S.Ed., Secondary Science Education
University of Delaware, B.A., International Relations and Economics