Justin P. Karczag – vcard
Justin Karczag is the Managing Partner of Encore Law Group LLP and Department Chair of Encore’s Litigation Department. Prior to co-founding Encore in 2017, Justin had a long history of stellar litigation successes going back almost two decades.
Starting with the recent past, in 2014, Justin co-tried a case he brought on behalf of a borrower against East West Bank in a five week jury trial. After three days of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Justin’s client, and was persuaded to award in its verdict $39,000,000 in damages against the Bank. Over half of that amount, $23,000,000 of it, was the punitive damages the jury was persuaded to award, given the case that was presented at trial. Since that time, Justin has been one of the principal attorneys responsible for resolving various matters with settlements to his clients in the seven- and eight-figure range. And, he has continued his trial work, as well, prevailing in a trial against a national lender (which settled for a confidential amount after decision but before judgment). He also won a trial on behalf of an ousted employee and partial business owner against the majority and controlling owner that had successfully kept Justin’s client out of the businesses for nearly ten years, with the client not seeing a dime. At the conclusion of the trial, Justin’s client received a total victory recovering every component of monetary damages and equitable relief that was sought, winning the client close to $5,000,000 in recovery.
Justin’s entire catalogue of past matters includes jury and nonjury trials seeking large damages against major national companies. And, Justin has successfully resolved prior to trial cases against national financial institutions, banks, employers, insurers and law firms. He excels at first analyzing, then charting, and ultimately executing a course of action that most other lawyers don’t ever even attempt because they don’t go further than reacting to their initial impression of the case. Justin does this because he has been through the trenches in litigation against the largest companies and largest law firms in the world, so he knows what to expect, and how to address the ever-evolving scorched-earth litigation tactics that many lawyers on the other side regardless of the size of the firm or the nature of the dispute try to deploy as means of wearing down their opponent before the case can even get to a trial because they know that they will likely lose if the other side has their day in court. Justin has learned that the harder and more stubbornly, desperately, and/or underhandedly they fight, the other side is not making a showing of their own strength, but rather they are inadvertently revealing they are very afraid of the strengths of the case against them. To combat these tactics and to employ his own strategy Justin utilizes a close and efficient team that is trained to protect the client’s interests and to achieve the best possible outcome in every matter. This means that when representing clients in smaller disputes, Justin provides a realistic approach and candor when it comes to the costs and risks versus the reward that is at stake in the dispute.
Justin’s clients who have been represented by him in life-changing disputes often describe him as a fighter who does not give up. For example, in a multi-year class action case against a national employer and the 1,000+ member law firm defending it, the trial judge issued an order decertifying the class. Most lawyers faced with such dire circumstances would have given up—which is exactly what the defendant expected. Justin responded instead by doubling down. He immediately marshalled all other team members, and together they worked over the next 72 hours drafting over 300 individual cases that were then filed against the defendant in its home district on the morning of the fourth day. The defendant, in shock, reacted by preparing its own batch of 300 separate complaints, each one suing a different employee, and then filing them in 20 different courts across the country, with the obvious intent of burying its opponent by the sheer volume and scope of work that would be required to just track them, let alone meaningfully respond to them. Justin responded by doubling down again, successfully preparing as a response to every single one of those cases with a motion to dismiss it as an improper and sanctionable filing. Defendant was unable to recover from the strategy. The outcome of the motion to dismiss was a success, every time. Justin and his team successfully defeated all of the cases filed by defendant. And, the briefing was so effective that it convinced the Courts to begin issuing orders imposing sanctions against defendant and its counsel. Because of that successful strategy, the dispute settled on a global basis (as it would have as a class action) for over $20,000,000 worth of recovery for the client group.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Justin received his B.A. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, and with College Honors from the University of California Los Angeles, and his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. At Berkeley Law, Justin earned the Honorable Advocate Award, in recognition of his exceptional skill and talent for client advocacy. He was also Director of the First Year Moot Court program, Articles Editor, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and Associate Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Since graduating Berkeley Law, Justin has passed three different State Bar examinations—California, Nevada and Hawaii. Justin has been admitted to practice in all of the following jurisdictions:
California State Court
Nevada State Court
Hawaii State Court
Federal United States District Courts:
Northern District of California
Central District of California
Southern District of California
Eastern District of California
District of Nevada
District of Hawaii
District of Colorado
Northern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
District of Nebraska
Western District of Tennessee
Eastern District of Missouri
United States Courts of Appeal:
District of Columbia
The United States Supreme Court