Justin Strother, Partner
Justin’s practice focuses on civil litigation, commercial dispute resolution, and strategic legal counsel for businesses. Justin has extensive experience in representing clients’ interests before courts and agencies and in providing practical, legal guidance and solutions to businesses. He has successfully tried cases in state courts, federal courts, and in front of arbitration panels. His clients have included large publically traded companies, foreign corporations, and closely held businesses, as well as individual entrepreneurs and investors.
Justin handles a broad variety of complex business litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, partnership disputes, minority shareholder oppression, covenants-not-to-compete, tortious interference, employment matters, and intellectual property disputes. He also represents clients in their dealings with state and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.
In addition to his controversy practice, Justin advises clients on a number of contract and regulatory issues, including employment contracts, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and corporate formation. He also serves as a mediator in civil lawsuits and as an arbitrator in legal fee disputes.
Prior to Strother Law Firm, Justin worked at one of the nation's most preeminent law firms, Vinson & Elkins, where his practice was focused on representing large companies in complex litigation.
Justin supports the arts in Houston by providing his services for a reduced rate or on a pro bono basis to Houston’s performing and visual artists.
Recent Representative Experience
• Obtained a $1.2 million judgment for investors against City Capital Corporation in a fraud case.
• Successfully defended Landmark Power Exchange against a minority shareholder oppression suit in which the plaintiff was seeking $2 million in damages.
• Successfully defended Wright Asphalt Company against a breach of contract claim in which the opposing party was seeking $500,000.00, instead obtaining judgment against the opposing party for $400,000.00.
• Obtained a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction on behalf of ANG EMS, a private ambulance service, against two former employers who were attempting to compete in violation of non-compete contract provisions.
• Obtained a settlement payoff in a breach of contract case on behalf of N.A.H., Inc., regarding the installation of gymnasium flooring in a new public school.
• Obtained a judgment in favor of an individual against a trustee in a breach of fiduciary duty case, including the award of attorney's fees.
• Successfully negotiated and closed the purchases of two competitors by Air Filters, Inc.
• Obtained a judgment on behalf of a trustee against an individual for fraud and conversion and successfully seized the individual's Texas assets from Stanford Group.
• Successfully defended a company against a competitor who had sought to enforce a covenant-not-to-compete and who had sought to disgorge company's profits.
• Obtained a $250,000.00 judgment on behalf of a closely-held pharmacy against two of its former owners.
• Successfully settled a minority shareholder oppression suit on behalf of a minority shareholder, which included payments totaling $500,000.00.
• Obtained a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction prohibiting a company from disbursing any funds without written approval from estranged minority owner.
Education and License
University of Texas at Austin, 1995, B.B.A. in Finance
University College of London, International Law Program, 1997
University of Texas School of Law, 1998, J.D.
Licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1998
Professional Activities, Publications, & Presentations
• Expert Witness Testimony In Texas, 2003: Co-authored chapter in textbook published by American Bar Association regarding Texas law on expert witness testimony and epidemiology.
• Presentation: "Who Wants To Be A First Chair", 2003: Co-presenter of presentation to American Bar Association members at National Convention regarding skills and knowledge required to be lead counsel at trial.
• Use Of Toxicology In Tort Litigation, 2004: Co-authored chapter in textbook published by American Bar Association regarding Texas law on admission of toxicology evidence in civil lawsuits.
• Texas Super Lawyer – Rising Star, 2004: Named by Texas Monthly magazine as a Rising Star in the field of litigation.
• Certified Mediator – University Of Houston Law Center, 2007
• Arbitrator, Houston Bar Associate Fee Dispute Committee
• Houston Bar Association Administration Of Justice Committee, 2009-2010
• Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2010-2015
Previous Legal Experience
Vinson & Elkins, LLP; 2000-2005
Mayor Day Caldwell & Keeton, LLP; 1998-2000