A recent graduate of Seattle University School of Law, Justin has lived and worked in the Olympia and Thurston County communities for over twenty-five years. Justin moved to Olympia with his family after his father’s retirement from the U.S, Air Force in 1993, attending Capital High School and South Puget Sound Community College before completing his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University in 2006. His legal advocacy is informed by diverse life experiences in the customer service industry, as a single father, and living and working abroad extensively at different stages of his life. Justin is the proud father of a current second grader here in Olympia. In his spare time, he is an avid basketball player, guitarist, hiker, reader, shade-tree mechanic, and traveler.
Before returning to law school, Justin worked for nearly 20 years in the customer service industry in a variety of roles, leaving to pursue his dream of becoming an attorney in his local community. During his legal education, he focused primarily on developing his practice towards criminal defense advocacy and civil legal aid, serving as a summer law clerk with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, a Rule 9 Intern with Thurston County Public Defense, and clinical experiences with the Seattle University Youth Advocacy Clinic and Moderate Means Program. He also served as an associate editor with the Seattle Journal of Technology, Environmental and Innovation Law.
Justin is incredibly passionate about client-centered advocacy and addressing more than a client’s legal needs in facing often difficult personal challenges surrounding an experience with the courts. He is working to develop his practice by focusing on the intersection between criminal defense, family law, and a variety of civil legal matters faced by a diverse community of clients.