Justin T. Winquist litigates class actions and other complex civil cases with a focus on insurance defense, dealership/franchise disputes and product liability. Where possible, he aims to use dispositive motions to win cases “on paper” or facilitate settlements for clients at the earliest stage practicable in order to minimize the burden and expense of protracted litigation.
When continued litigation is inevitable, Justin draws on his experience in all phases of civil litigation. He has litigated cases from both plaintiff and defendant perspectives in state and federal courts, as well as before private arbitrators.
Justin is experienced in pre-suit counseling, discovery, motions practice, negotiated settlements, alternative dispute resolution, trial, post-trial issues and appeals. At every juncture of a case, Justin critically analyzes the facts and the law to develop compelling arguments that advance his clients’ legal positions and business objectives.
- Won full summary judgment for a national automobile insurance client in Colorado federal court insurance bad faith case by arguing that excess judgment entered against insured was void due to a pre-existing release of insured by injured driver.
- Won full summary judgment for a manufacturer of concrete-block-making equipment in a Nebraska federal court product liability case involving injuries sustained in a block-making plant.
- Won full judgment on the pleadings for a national insurance company client in a putative Montana federal court class action concerning the “made whole” rule and insurance policy bar on duplicate recoveries. Simultaneously defeated plaintiffs’ cross-motion for summary judgment.
- Won summary judgment for facility-services client on all cross-claims filed by co-defendant in a Nevada state court contract dispute. Achieved dismissal of all but one of the plaintiff’s claims, leading to settlement of the remaining claim.
- Defeated motion for summary judgment filed against an oil and gas producer client in a Wyoming state court case in which landowner sued to cancel the client’s lease for alleged failure to produce in paying quantities. The case subsequently settled.
- Defeated a motion for summary judgment filed against a client in Colorado state court in a partnership dissolution dispute.
- The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
- American Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Denver Bar Association
- J.D., American University Washington College of Law, cum laude; Note & Comment Editor, American University Law Review; Legal Rhetoric: Writing & Research Dean’s Fellow
- B.S., Northwestern University
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
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