V. Justin  Arpey

V. Justin Arpey

Partner | Atlanta Office
jarpey@phrd.com
T: (404) 420-4680
F: (404) 522-8409
 

Practice Group(s)

Services

Education

  • Skidmore College - B.A.
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law - J.D., cum laude

Admitted to Practice

  • Georgia
  • New York



 

About Justin

Justin is a Partner on the firm's litigation team. He enjoys collaborating with his clients and colleagues to develop winning litigation and trial strategies in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and in federal and state court cases involving securities, real-estate-related, and other business disputes. He believes in promptly and clearly communicating with his clients throughout every stage of a dispute and is committed to obtaining an immediate, comprehensive understanding of the facts and legal issues specific to each dispute so that he can deliver the most efficient, effective solution.

Having been victorious in several arbitrations and jury trials both as first and second chair, Justin has been named a "Georgia Rising Star" by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine every year since 2013 and was named one of Georgia's Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine. 

Justin concentrates on the following areas of practice: 

Securities Litigation and Arbitration: Represents securities broker-dealers and individual brokers in litigation in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and regulatory enforcement proceedings.

Real Estate & Construction Litigation: Represents commercial landlords, developers, builders, real estate investors, property owners, and brokers in leasing and other real estate disputes, construction arbitration and litigation, and condemnation actions. 

Banking and Consumer Finance Litigation: Represents federally chartered banks in litigation involving mortgage origination, foreclosure, negotiable instruments, and other customer disputes.

ERISA Litigation: Represents defined contribution funds in actions to collect delinquent contributions owed under collective bargaining agreements, and other disputes.

Justin handles pro bono matters each year through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and through those efforts, has obtained numerous victories on behalf of clients that could not otherwise afford legal representation. Most recently, Justin prevented the unlawful eviction of a client, and for another client, recovered a security deposit that the landlord had misappropriated.

Outside the office Justin concentrates on his family life, spending time with his wife and son. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, playing church softball, and playing the guitar.

Representative Engagements

  • In February 2018, Justin successfully recovered $1.6 million owed to a leading wireless engineering and consulting company for installation of wireless phone technology as part of a major public construction project in Atlanta.
  • In March 2017, Justin acted as lead counsel on behalf of a major broker-dealer in a two-and-a-half day securities arbitration in Boston. His client won approximately $460,000, while the opposing party's claims were denied.
  • In December 2016, Justin and David Russell were completely victorious in a FINRA securities arbitration that they tried for a week in Boston on behalf of a major broker-dealer. Their client prevailed on every claim asserted and for the full dollar amount claimed, a total of $2,327,401. The three member arbitration panel also denied the opposing party’s $1,000,000 counterclaim for fraud, breach of contract, tortious interference, and other legal claims. The hard-fought case involved disputes between the broker-dealer and one of its former investment representatives. The award was selected as one of two "Selected Awards of Interest" by the Securities Arbitration Commentator in its January 2017 edition.
  • In July 2016, Justin helped stave off a dispossessory action brought against one of the firm's credit card processing clients. The parties reached an amicable resolution prior to the dispossessory hearing after he helped to develop an agreesive counterclaim strategy, including a claim that the holdover language in the lease was unenforceable.
  • In May 2016, Justin and Wayne Hillis won a complete victory in a FINRA industry arbitration, in which they represented a broker dealer against one of its former employees who was seeking approximately $11 million based on claims for wrongful discharge and defamation. After nearly three days of hearings in Atlanta, the three-member arbitration panel granted Justin and Wayne's motion to dismiss, denying the former employee's claims in full. Thus, Justin and Wayne were able to avoid the added cost attendant to presenting their client's case.
  • In March 2016, Justin and Bill Holley obtained an arbitration award in the approximate amount of $800,000 on their client's claims to enforce a settlement agreement and for various torts arising out of his seperation from his former business parters in China.
  • In December 2015, Justin and Wayne Hillis recovered approximately total $615,000 in principal and interest owed by a former broker to their broker-dealer client on a promissory note, plust $360,000 in attorneys' fees. The broker's counterclaims, including a claim for expungement, were all denied.
  • In August 2016, Justin and Ron Coleman obtained a hard-fought summary judgment on a commercial restaurant lease guaranty in favor of the owner of one of Atlanta's most recognized sky crapers and against one of the most well-known restaurateurs in the Southeast.
  • From 2011 through 2014, Justin successfully defended various federally chartered banks in numerous federal and state actions involving mortgage fraud claims, obtaining summary victories in 100% of the contested matters.
  • In 2010, Justin first chaired a two-week construction arbitration, recovering approximately $300,000 for the purchaser of an executive home on claims for negligent construction and fraud.
  • In 2009, Justin first chaired a jury trial in Fulton County Superior Court, in which he represented the owner of a commercial building in midtown Atlanta in an action against the builder for negligent construction. After an almost two-week jury trial, the jury returned a judgment in favor of his client for approximately half a million dollars, including attorneys' fees.
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Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section and Real Estate Section
  • Member, State Bar Association Litigation Section and Young Lawyer’s Division
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
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Honors

  • Named as a "Georgia Rising Star" by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2013-2018) (top 2.5% of attorneys in Georgia 40 years old or younger or in practice 10 years or less)
  • Named as one of Georgia's Legal Elite for 2010 by Georgia Trend Magazine
 
 
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