Justin P. Karczag – vcard
Justin Karczag was partner of Encore Law Group LLP until his sudden passing in September 2020. Prior to joining, Justin had a long history of stellar litigation successes going back almost two decades. Justin’s clients who had been represented by him in life-changing disputes often described him as a fighter who did not give up.
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.
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 marshaled 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 passed three different State Bar examinations — California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Justin will be greatly missed as a member of the firm.