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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

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University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Dean's List, Stone Scholar, Minnesota Law Review (symposium articles editor) (2009)
Carleton College
B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Senior Thesis with Distinction, Honors in Political Science Major, Dean's List (2004)

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota 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 Minnesota Supreme Court U.S. Supreme Court

Jeffrey (Jeff) P. Justman


Jeff Justman represents clients with complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts across the country. His two years of experience as a federal law clerk help him identify, craft and present winning legal arguments on behalf of his clients, both at the trial and appellate levels. Jeff specializes in securities and shareholder litigation, appellate matters, and privacy and cybersecurity disputes. 

Corporate & Securities Litigation

Jeff has particular experience defending corporations and their officers and directors in securities and derivative litigation involving executive compensation, accounting restatements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, data breaches and other general allegations of mismanagement, as well as in shareholder suits, partnership disputes, and other corporate litigation. Representative favorable outcomes for Jeff's clients in corporate and securities litigation include:

  • Representing Target, successfully obtained orders dismissing securities and ERISA class action complaints, In re Target Corp. Securities & ERISA Litigation, 2017 WL 3267708 (D. Minn. July 31, 2017)
  • Representing Hutchinson Technology Incorporated, obtained denial of motion for preliminary injunction and subsequent dismissal of federal securities litigation arising from proposed merger. Ridler v. Hutchinson Technology Incorporated, 216 F. Supp. 3d 982 (D. Minn. 2016) (dismissal of case), Erickson v. Hutchinson Technology Incorporated, 158 F. Supp. 3d 751 (D. Minn. 2016) (denial of preliminary injunction) 
  • Representing Regis Corporation, obtained referral of shareholder derivative action against a publicly held-Minnesota corporation alleging breaches of fiduciary duty, corporate waste and unjust enrichment to special litigation committee, see Louisiana Municipal Police Employees v. Finkelstein, 2012 WL 10057353 (Hennepin County, Minn. May 29, 2012), and subsequent dismissal of that lawsuit following special litigation committee investigation
  • Representing FSI, obtained denial of motion for temporary injunction in shareholder dispute related to proposed merger. See Calleros v. FSI Int’l, Inc., 892 F. Supp. 2d. 1163 (D. Minn. 2012)

Appellate Litigation

Jeff is admitted to practice in seven federal courts of appeals and 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. Having clerked for two judges at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jeff specializes in litigation and advocacy before the Eighth Circuit. Representative favorable outcomes for Jeff's clients in appellate litigation include:

  • Representing Cargill, successfully obtained order affirming grant of summary judgment to defendants on plaintiffs’ claims for $240 million in lost profits and lost business value damages. Peaker Energy Group, L.L.C. v. Cargill Incorporated et al., --- F. App’x ----, 2017 WL 6375577 (5th Cir. Dec. 13, 2017)
  • Representing Bluestem Brands, Inc., successfully obtained order compelling arbitration of consumer credit claims, reversing the decision below. Bluestem Brands, Inc. v. Shade, 805 S.E.2d 805 (W. Va. 2017)
  • Representing General Mills, successfully obtained order compelling individual arbitration of ADEA claims, reversing the decision below. McLeod v. General Mills, Inc., 856 F.3d 1160 (8th Cir. 2017)
  • Representing Aventine, successfully obtained reversal of judgment below with instructions to enter judgment for Aventine on all claims in commercial contract case. Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc. v. Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC, 843 F.3d 736 (7th Cir. 2016)
  • Representing Cirrus, successfully obtained reversal of $10 million jury verdict on non-disparagement claim, with direction to enter judgment for Cirrus. See Klapmeier v. Cirrus Industries, Inc., 2015 WL 5194755 (Minn. App. Sept. 8, 2015)
  • Representing the National Football League, successfully defended final approval of a class settlement against multiple objectors on appeal. Marshall v. National Football League, 787 F.3d 502 (8th Cir. 2015)
  • Representing several guardians ad litem, successfully defended orders terminating parental rights on appeal before the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Data Breach and Data Privacy Litigation

Jeff also represents clients in data breach and data privacy litigation, including a Fortune 100 client faced with class action and shareholder derivative litigation arising out of the data breach. Jeff has also counseled clients that have faced data breaches regarding compliance with state data breach notification requirements.


  • Faegre Baker Daniels – Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
  • JD Supra — Readers' Choice Awards, 2017
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers —  Rising Star, Securities & Corporate Finance Litigation, 2016-17
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Attorneys of the Year, 2015
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015-16

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, 2017-present — Fellow
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association, 2010-present — Board Member, 2014-present
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter — Board Member, 2014-present
  • Federal Practice Committee, District of Minnesota, 2014-17
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 2009-present
  • Supreme Court Historical Society, 2013-present

Civic Activities

  • Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Senior Choir, 2006-present
  • Teach for America, 2004-06


  • Honorable James B. Loken, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2009-10
  • Honorable Diana E. Murphy, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2010-11


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