Overview

Jeff Justman is a legal strategist and advocate who represents clients in shareholder lawsuits, securities litigation, and appellate matters in state and federal courts across the country. Jeff also manages an active pro bono practice, with a particular emphasis on protecting the right to vote and to participate in the political process.

Jeff’s excellence in these areas has been recognized by his peers and clients: Minnesota Lawyer recognized Jeff as a “Super Lawyer” in securities and corporate finance litigation in each of the last three years. Most recently, Chambers USA’s 2019 guide ranked Jeff as one of only a dozen recognized industry leaders in appellate litigation in Minnesota. Jeff is the youngest recognized appellate litigator in Chambers, where clients have described him as a “wonderful lawyer” with an “impressive reputation for his appellate practice.”

Shareholder & Securities Litigation

Jeff defends corporations and their officers and directors in securities and shareholder litigation involving all types of alleged mismanagement, including executive compensation, accounting restatements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), data breaches, product recalls and other issues. Jeff has secured dismissals in a wide variety of shareholder and securities litigation, including in shareholder derivative lawsuits, lawsuits arising out of public company mergers, federal securities-fraud lawsuits, and stock-drop lawsuits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Appellate Litigation

Jeff has litigated cases in all stages of appeals, from interlocutory appeals in intermediate appellate courts to extraordinary writs at the Supreme Court of the United States. He focuses on litigation and advocacy before the Eighth Circuit, and has briefed and argued numerous cases before that court. 

Data Breach and Data Privacy Litigation

Jeff represents clients in data breach and data privacy litigation, including class-action and shareholder derivative litigation arising from breaches. Jeff has also counseled clients facing data breaches on compliance with state data breach notification requirements.

Voting Rights

Jeff also manages an active pro bono practice, with a particular emphasis on protecting the right to vote and to participate in the political process. Jeff represents non-profit entities such as state affiliates of the League of Women Voters and the NAACP, as well as individual voters, in pro bono lawsuits designed to make it safer, easier, and fairer to vote. In 2019, Jeff was part of the pro bono team that won a victory in front of a three-judge district court in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan invalidating over 30 state and federal legislative districts as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. In 2020, Jeff was a member of the pro bono team that secured a consent decree making it easier for Minnesotans to vote by absentee ballot, without the requirement of a witness’s signature, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeff is committed to protecting democracy by ensuring all voters’ access to the ballot box, and has partnered with individuals and corporations to defend the right to vote and participate in the political process.

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Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota

Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. Diana E. Murphy, 2010-2011
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. James B. Loken, 2009-2010

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Minnesota Law Review (symposium articles editor) (2009)

Carleton College
B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Senior Thesis with Distinction (2004)

Experience

Experience September 2020

3M’s Bair Hugger Patient Warming System Vindicated in Appellate Win

Experience July 2020

Target Prevails in ERISA Class Action

Experience July 2020

ATF Agent Wins Appeal in Whistleblower Protection Act Claim

Experience June 2020

Financial Services Industry Company Wins Major Appellate Victory

Experience April 2020

Target Secures Favorable Result in Securities Litigation

Experience 2019

Sixth Circuit Rules for Buffalo Wild Wings in Franchise Dispute

Experience September 2018

Eighth Circuit Enforces St. Paul Coverage Exclusion, Reversing District Court

Experience August 2018

Eighth Circuit Affirms Bluestem Brands' Arbitration Agreements

Experience June 2018

Boston Scientific Corporation Wins Unanimous Decision in Minnesota Supreme Court Non-Compete Case

Experience December 2017

Cargill Wins Case-Ending Appellate Victory

Experience November 2017

Bluestem Brands, Inc. Wins Appeal of Order Denying Motion to Compel Arbitration

Experience August 2017

Public Company Defeats Shareholder Litigation Over Buyout

Experience May 2017

General Mills Obtains Order Compelling Arbitration in Eighth Circuit Appeal

Experience December 2016

Ethanol Distributor Wins Seventh Circuit Appeal

Experience December 2016

Cargill Wins Summary Judgment on Eve of Trial

Experience February 2016

National Football League Defends Class Settlement in Eighth Circuit Appeal

Experience September 2015

Cirrus Aircraft Successfully Reverses $10M Jury Verdict

Experience June 2015

Favorable Supreme Court Decision for Client in Rare Writ of Mandamus Petition

Experience February 2015

NFL Prevails in Publicity Rights Case

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association, 2010-present — Board Member, 2014-present; President, 2021
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter — Board Member, 2014-present
  • Federal Practice Committee, District of Minnesota, 2014-17

Civic Activities

  • American Constitution Society, Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter — Board of Advisors, 2021-present 
  • Tubman Organization — Board Member, 2018-present
  • Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Senior Choir, 2006-present
  • Teach for America, 2004-06

Honors

  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Litigation: Appellate, 2021
  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Litigation: Appellate, “Up and Coming” Lawyer, 2019-20 
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Securities & Corporate Finance Litigation, 2016-20
  • JD Supra — Readers' Choice Awards, 2017
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Attorneys of the Year, 2015
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-19
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015, 2018, 2019 (twice)
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