Justin has successfully defended clients in a wide range of matters, including breach of contract, unfair competition and trade practices, fraud, shareholder disputes, and commercial financing.

Prior to joining Brooks Pierce, Justin practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP in New York City, where he represented financial institutions and multi-national corporations in securities and other complex litigation, as well as in criminal and regulatory matters.

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Justin’s experience includes representing companies in governmental inquiries and investigations, involving hedge funds with exposure to the Bernard Madoff fraud, “repo” trading of securities, insider trading, and possible criminal liability arising from a mining accident that resulted in the deaths of over a dozen people. 

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Justin represents health care organizations on a variety of issues. His experience includes representing a hospital in breach of contract action involving a joint venture for an ambulatory surgical center. 

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Continuing his work with the firm’s established Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Justin is responsible for originating, leading and supervising all of Brooks Pierce’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

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Selected for Benchmark Litigation's "Under 40 Hot List" (2020)

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Alumni Award for Professional Achievement (2019)

North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Citizen Lawyer Award (2019)

Selected for Black Business Ink Magazine's "40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont" (2019)

Selected by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Litigation (2021) and in the Young Guns category (2018)

Listed on Greensboro News & Record's Top 20 People of Influence in Greensboro (2017)

Triad Business Journal, "40 Under 40" Award (2016)

Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (2016)

Pro Bono Publico Award, Legal Aid Society of New York (for outstanding representation of domestic workers in human trafficking civil suit for unpaid wages)

Board of Directors, Carolina State Bank (2019-present)

Co-Chair (2018-present), Member (2013-present), Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

Board of Directors, Elsewhere (living art museum) (2016-2018)

Board of Directors, Hospice Foundation of Greater Greensboro (2016-2019)

Board of Directors, Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. (2016-present)

Greensboro City Council, District Three (2015-present)

Board of Trustees, Triad Stage (2015-2018)

Piedmont Triad Water Authority (2015-2016)

Member, Greensboro Fun Fourth Festival Advisory Board (2015-2016)

Council Member, Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2014-2015)

Chairman, Minimum Housing Standards Commission, City of Greensboro (2014-2015)

Council Member, Action Greensboro synerG (Co-chair, Professional & Leadership Development Committee) (2014-2015)

Member, Steering Committee, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Future Fund (2014-2015)

Board of Directors, UNCG Alumni Association (2013-2015) (Chairman of Legislative Advocacy Committee, 2014-2015)

Member, Greensboro Bar Association (2013-present)

Member, Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court (2013-2016)




Panelist, Diversity & Inclusion Panel, North Carolina Bar Association Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law Section Continuing Legal Education program, Feb. 4, 2021

Co-presenter (with Natalie Sanders), "Black Lives Matter. Diversity & Inclusion Matter. What Does It All Mean for the Legal Profession?" The Mediation Center, Jan. 29, 2021

Speaker, Shabbat Starts Here, Temple Emanuel, Greensboro, NC, March 8, 2019

Speaker, Arch MI Black Professionals Employee Resource Group Black History Month Event, Greensboro, NC, February 7, 2019

Panelist, Leadership Greensboro's Economic Development Day Panel, Greensboro, NC, January 15, 2019

Speaker, Young Professional Educators Academy Welcome Reception, Greensboro, NC, January 10, 2019

Keynote Speaker, UNCG Commencement, December 7, 2018

Speaker, "Making Greensboro," Greensboro Bar Associaton Luncheon, November 15, 2018

Moderator, “Lifting As We Climb: Inclusion & Diversity,” UNC-Greensboro, November 8, 2018

Speaker, PLANIT GSO kick-off event, October 5, 2018

Panelist, " Minority Enterprise Development Week Legal Panel," MED Week, September 26, 2018.

Panelist, Affordable Housing Panel, First Bank Financial Education series, Greensboro, NC, June 2018

"Recent Developments in Insider Trading Law," presentation with David Smyth at the UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 8, 2013

My favorite virtue: Integrity

My occupation if I weren't a lawyer: Sociologist

My favorite prose author: Isabel Wilkerson

My favorite activity away from work: Enjoying downtown Greensboro with my wife and two kiddos

My heroes in real life: My mother and my colleague, Henry Frye, both of whom embody the motto of “service above self”

Partner and Director of Diversity & Inclusion

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Speaking Engagements

February 1, 2021

Brooks Pierce Partner to Appear in Panel at NCBA CLE Program

Brooks Pierce partner Justin Outling will participate in the Diversity & Inclusion panel discussion at the 2021 Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law Section Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for the members of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) on Feb. 4. The panel will...Read more
March 18, 2019

Justin Outling Speaks at Temple Emanuel

Justin Outling, a partner in Brooks Pierce’s Greensboro office and a member of the Greensboro City Council, spoke about his recent visit to Israel and his hopes for the future of Greensboro during the Shabbat Starts Here service at Temple Emanuel on March 8. During the event, Outling discussed...Read more
January 31, 2019

Justin Outling to Speak at Black History Month Event

Brooks Pierce partner and Greensboro City Councilman Justin Outling will speak at the Arch MI Black Professionals Employee Resource Group’s Black History Month event on Feb. 7. The event will take place at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro. Outling will discuss...Read more


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