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.
Justin dedicates significant time to public and community service, primarily in the education field. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Arlington Independent School District, where he represents the interests of approximately 350,000 constituents, 61,000 students, and 8,500 employees as one of seven publicly-elected representatives. Justin has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the Board of Directors of United Way of Tarrant County. He previously taught high school government and economics through Teach for America and worked in a legal clinic focusing on education law while in law school.
Representing clients ranging from multinational corporations to growing businesses in False Claims Act cases involving a variety of subject matters brought by the Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and qui tam relators.
Representing a federally-recognized Indian tribe in federal district court and the Fifth Circuit against the State of Texas in a complex administrative-law dispute governed by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
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 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.
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
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US District Court for the Western District of Texas
US District Court for the District of New Mexico
Clerkship to Judge Catharina Haynes of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Clerkship to Judge David C. Godbey of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Awards and Affiliations
Rising Star, Appellate Law, Texas Super Lawyers (2017, 2019)
Rising Star, Civil Litigation Defense, Texas Super Lawyers (2018)
State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section, Member
State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section, Member
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
Trustee, Place 5, Arlington Independent School District
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