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Justin Dillon

Justin Dillon

Dillon PLLC
  • White Collar Crime, Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate ...
  • District of Columbia, Virginia
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Biography

A former Assistant United States Attorney with dozens of trials under his belt, Justin Dillon now uses his years of litigation and investigative experience to defend clients in Title IX and campus discipline cases and in complex, high-stakes white-collar criminal investigations.

Justin has gained nationwide attention for his work representing students and professors in campus misconduct cases, which he and his firm have handled at more than 100 schools nationwide. Along with his partner Chris Muha, he co-authored Title IX Hearings and Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide, published by The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression and available here to any member of FIRE’s Legal Network.

While most of his cases are successfully resolved on campus, Justin is not afraid to take it all the way to court—he was the first lawyer in the country to win summary judgment against a university in a campus sexual assault case, and he has never lost a lawsuit against a college.

In his white-collar practice, Justin has successfully defended the General Counsel of a public company in a foreign-bribery investigation, helped a government contractor avoid criminal charges after a lengthy federal investigation, and represented numerous individuals and small-business owners.

Justin also frequently represents government employees under investigation for alleged ethical or criminal misconduct, including a former Cabinet secretary, a former Senate-confirmed head of a federal agency, and many other federal employees and federal prosecutors. He has extensive experience with Offices of Inspector General and the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). He is also the former white-collar crime columnist for the website Above the Law; a collection of his columns is available here.

Earlier in his career, Justin worked for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and later spent five and a half years as a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC.

Practice Areas
    White Collar Crime
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
    Securities Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Title IX and Campus Discipline
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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Virginia
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10th Circuit
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United States District Court for the District of Columbia
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Partner
Dillon PLLC
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Partner
KaiserDillon PLLC
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Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
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Attorney
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
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Trial Attorney
United States Department of Justice
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Law Clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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Education
Harvard Law School
J.D. (2002)
Honors: Heyman Fellowship; Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Activities: Editor of the Harvard Law Review
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Duke University
B.A. (1996) | English
Honors: magna cum laude
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Awards
Recognized 2024 edition of Best Lawyers®
Best Lawyers
Justin Dillon is recognized for the sixth consecutive year in White-Collar Criminal Defense.
Recognized by The Legal 500 for Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense
The Legal 500
Justin Dillon has been recognized again by The Legal 500 in the category of “Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Individuals” in the United States.
Recognized Justin Dillon in its annual Chambers USA Guide in the category Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.
Chambers USA
Justin Dillon was recognized for the fifth time. One reference noted that Justin “is an outstanding lawyer with exceptional analytical skills” and that he “is a phenomenal litigator. It is not a job, it is a passion for him.”
Super Lawyers 2023
Super Lawyers
We are pleased to announce that Justin Dillon has been recognized by Super Lawyers in its 2023 listing.
Special Achievement Award
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Top Rated White Collar Crime Attorneys in Washington, D.C.
Super Lawyers
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Best Lawyers in America in Criminal Defense, White-Collar
The Best Lawyers in America
Washington’s Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense
Washingtonian Magazine
Professional Associations
Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court
Member
Current
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John Carroll Society
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District of Columbia Bar
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Virginia State Bar
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Speaking Engagements
How to Handle a Criminal Case in D.C. Superior Court, District of Columbia Bar
2014, 2015
Families Advocating for Campus Equality, Families Advocating for Campus Equality Conference
2015
Trial Advocacy Workshop, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop
2015
Websites & Blogs
Website
Justin Dillon's Website Profile
Website
Dillon PLLC Website
Blog
The Federal Criminal Appeals Blog
Contact & Map
Dillon PLLC
1717 K St. NW
Suite 900
Washington DC, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 787-5872
Monday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
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