Justin Chapa focuses his practice on government enforcement and litigation matters, including appeals and False Claims Act cases in federal and state courts. A former law clerk to federal trial and appellate judges, Justin has experience with a wide-range of complex issues regularly litigated in federal court. His work also extends to internal investigations, as well as disputes under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. In law school, Justin served on the executive boards of both the Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties.
Although his career path ultimately led him to the law, Justin previously taught high school government and economics. He also has worked in a legal clinic focusing on education law. Justin remains involved in education-related service through a variety of nonprofit boards and advisory committees.
Representing the plan committee of an electronics retailer on appeal in the Fifth Circuit in ERISA class-action litigation.
Representing a legal services nonprofit as amicus curiae in the Fifth Circuit in a civil rights case.
Representing an agriculture-related small business and its owner on appeal in the Fifth Circuit in an administrative and constitutional challenge to a federal agency’s rulemaking.
Representing a prominent entertainment and sports production company on appeal in the Fifth Circuit in a trademark enforcement proceeding.
Representing a Fortune 50 company on appeal in the Ninth Circuit in finance-related litigation.
Representing a leading retailer on appeal in the Ninth Circuit in commercial litigation.
Representing a leading food producer in multiple appeals in the Tenth Circuit and in the New Mexico Supreme Court in employment discrimination cases.
Representing an international technology component manufacturer in interlocutory appeal proceedings.
Representing a federally-recognized Indian tribe in federal court against the State of Texas in a complex administrative-law dispute governed by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Representing a major automobile manufacturer in federal district court in third-party discovery litigation.
Representing clients in commercial disputes and class action litigation in federal district court and in various bankruptcy adversary proceedings and bankruptcy appeals.
Representing one of the world’s largest business associations as amicus curiae in the Texas Supreme Court.
Serving as lead counsel in a mandamus proceeding before the Texas Supreme Court through the Court’s Pro Bono Pilot Program.
Representing clients in nonpublic proceedings against federal and state administrative agencies and regulatory bodies.
Advising attorneys outside of primary law firm on appellate briefing, procedural, and other matters.
Stanford Law School, 2010, J.D.
Stanford Graduate School of Education, 2010, M.A.
Harvard University, 2005, B.A., Cum Laude
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits
US District Courts for the Northern Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
U.S. Court of International Trade
Clerkship to Judge Catharina Haynes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Clerkship to Judge David C. Godbey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Awards and Affiliations
Named by Super Lawyers, a part of Thomson Reuters, as a Texas “Rising Star” in Appellate Law (2017)
State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section, Member
State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section, Member
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
Board Member, United Way of Tarrant County
Board Member, Arlington ISD Education Foundation
Board Member, Arlington Public Library Foundation
Member, City of Arlington Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee
Chair, Arlington ISD Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (2009 Bond)
Member, Arlington ISD Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (2014 Bond)
Member, Arlington ISD Capital Needs Steering Committee