A partner in the Litigation Department, Justin Anderson is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial and appellate lawyer. He represents clients in a variety of litigation and regulatory matters, including antitrust, securities, and consumer class actions, white collar matters, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and complex business litigation.
Some of Justin’s recent representations include:
- ExxonMobil in nationwide litigation, investigations, and other proceedings pertaining to climate-change research, disclosures, impacts, and advocacy. These matters involve state and federal regulators, as well as private plaintiffs, including a securities class action in federal court. Justin recently tried an enforcement action brought by the New York Attorney General in state court and obtained a complete defense verdict for the company. An earlier SEC investigation was closed with a recommendation that no action be taken. The defense of these cases raise important and complex questions under the First Amendment, personal jurisdiction doctrine, and other areas of law.
- Mastercard in three putative class actions filed by ATM users and owners alleging that Mastercard’s non-discrimination rule violates federal and state antitrust laws and state consumer protection laws. Justin also represents Mastercard in the so-called “Interchange” multidistrict litigation brought by putative classes of U.S. merchants, as well as in related individual actions brought by nearly 100 of the largest merchants in the U.S., challenging payment card “interchange” fees and certain rules governing merchants’ acceptance of payment cards. He has also represented Mastercard in multiple consumer class actions arising from disruptions in service for prepaid cards issued by third parties.
- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ("WWE") in connection with a securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation alleging that WWE made misleading statements regarding the status of WWE’s media rights agreements in the Middle East and North Africa region.
- News Corp. and News America Marketing (“NAM”), in an antitrust class action brought by customers of NAM’s in-store marketing products, who sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, before trebling. The case settled after the first day of a jury trial in the Southern District of New York.
- Performance Sports Group in a securities class action, regulatory matters, and bankruptcy litigation pertaining to allegations of “channel stuffing.”
Justin previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was Deputy Chief of Appeals. During his six years as a federal prosecutor, he led the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of federal crimes, including financial fraud, public corruption, identity theft, cybercrime, and money laundering. Justin conducted 14 criminal trials, including multiple high-profile public corruption matters and complex white collar cases. For his work on one of those matters, he received the John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation, the Justice Department’s highest award for trial litigators.
In addition to his successful trial work, Justin is also an accomplished appellate advocate. He recently argued appeals for ExxonMobil in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. As a federal prosecutor, Justin argued 19 appeals in the Second Circuit and supervised briefing and oral argument in another 80 cases. Addressing questions of first impression, Justin has briefed and argued challenges to the Government’s power to compel the disclosure of emails stored abroad, the extraterritorial reach of securities fraud prosecutions, personal jurisdiction over nonresident corporations, and viewpoint discrimination in the exercise of state power.
In 2019, Justin was named one of the “Litigators of the Week” by The American Lawyer for his work on behalf of ExxonMobil in a landmark $1.6 billion climate-change lawsuit brought by the N.Y. Attorney General’s office. In addition to writing on a number of litigation and antitrust topics, Justin has published articles in in Law360 and spoken at the Practicing Law Institute’s Expert Witness Program on a panel entitled “Expert Challenges and Use of Experts at Trial.”
Justin was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Before entering law school, he was a vice president at an investment bank.