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Justin Christopher Carlin

Litigation Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.7   15 reviews

also known as Justin Carlin

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Justin

Learn Justin’s areas of practice.

Albert Einstein famously said: "You have to learn the rules of the game.  And then you have to play better than anyone else."  In keeping with this idea, I've attempted to maximize my knowledge of the rules of evidence and civil procedure, so that I can use the rules to my clients' advantage in pre-trial litigation, and anticipate and address opposing parties' arguments and objections at trial.  In addition, throughout all phases of court proceedings, my practice emphasizes attention to detail, superior research and writing, and thorough and systematic preparation. 

I'm a state and federal trial and appellate lawyer with a broad range of experience representing clients in business, real estate, and other civil litigation.  I represent clients in "complex actions" (involving complicated legal or case management issues) where the amount in controversy exceeds $1 million, but also in routine disputes where the amount in controversy is less than $50,.  A detailed description of some of my prior cases can be found on my attorney profile page at .   

My clients include:

•Entrepreneurs

•Private businesses 

•Community associations (HOAs and condominium associations, e.g.)

•Financial institutions 

•Real estate professionals 

•Individuals involved in a business, property, or civil dispute (simple or complex)

If you're in search of a competent, trustworthy, and passionate litigation attorney, then please call my law firm at and ask to speak with me.

Location

The Carlin Law Firm, PLLC
Victoria Park Centre
1401 E. Broward Boulevard, Suite 101
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Eduardo | August 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Work, Great Performance!
Justin has been my Florida attorney for more than 5 years, and I regularly communicate with him regarding numerous issues related to my international businesses.  He has a great work ethic and is extremely knowledgeable.  He has worked on many matters for me on short notice at night and over the weekends, and he has won two litigation matters for two of my business entities, one of which involved two days of trial.  He is an exceptional and high-integrity lawyer whom I would recommend to anyone in need of general business counsel or involved in a high-stakes business dispute in Florida.
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Posted by Patrick | May 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable & Affordable Legal Help
Justin Carlin is a reliable and affordable Attorney that we can count on for legal advice. Justin was able to collect on numerous invoices that were extremely past due at a minimal cost to our firm. We also rely on Justin to review all of our legal documents before submitting to clients. Lastly, He always return phone calls in a timely manner. I recommend Justin Carlin.
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Posted by Emmanuel | January 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professionalism At It's Finest
I live in New York, and I had a family law matter in Florida that required an experienced and diligent attorney . I had an extremely complex situation that needed to be resolved during a difficult time in my life. I was referred to Mr. Carlin through my real estate attorney , who told me that I should trust him for this recommendation. I then flew in from New York to meet Mr. Carlin in person, and by doing so, it allowed me to feel at ease and confident of having the attorney that I desired. It was an amazing experience watching him work while he was representing me in court. My past experiences with a few attorneys were average at best. I found Mr. Carlin to be masterful with his knowledge of the rules of civil procedure , and a fantastic litigator. His thorough work ethic, and tactical approach was instrumental in allowing me to get the results that I wanted. In fact, it surpassed my expectations. This was extremely gratifying to me to have such a wonderful attorney who truly cared about finding out the truth of the law , and most of all, being fair and honest with me as his client. The only guarantees he gave me was that he would do his job to the fullest, and I am pleased to confirm that he did. Even though the opposing counsel was deceitful and belligerent, Mr. Carlin stayed focused on the task at hand, which is the law.. His attention to detail, case law, respect for the court room , and focus on the truth was a recipe for a victorious ruling. My only regret is that I cannot use him up here in New York. He is not only a fantastic attorney, but he is truly a great human being. I feel blessed to have had him as my attorney.
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Posted by Dave | December 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Contract / joint venture dispute
A boxing match is won long, long before the fighters step in the ring. The one that works the hardest preparing almost always wins – even against odds and against fighters with more experience. Justin’s performance in my case was a testament to that. He was fighting a whole team of attorneys by himself for most of the case and kicking their ass. My only regret is not getting to watch the trial, as the case settled after jury selection.
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Posted by Alex | December 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Home owner 1, Home Owner Association 0
For years now I have had issues with my home owners association. They would send letters almost monthly to repair, resurface or repaint something on my home that had no basis. Not wanting to go against the grain I would always comply with their requests. Recently they had sent me a large fine and attorney's fees on a matter that I had definitely taken care of. This was the straw that broke the camel's back, per say, and I retained Justin Carlin to fight this issue. After just a few weeks of Justin's persistence the fine and attorneys fees were dropped. I can't thank Justin enough for helping me through this ordeal. I would recommend him to anyone in a dispute with their association.
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Posted by Eric | February 20, 2014
Excellent, Great Value, Seems Honest & Sincere, A Rare Find in a Lawyer!!!
I'm 46, have worked countless attorneys in different areas of the law, courts and litigation. Justin is one of the best communicators, responders & easy to understand & work with lawyers I've met. His research, preciseness and clarity of opinions are simple & easy to understand for any lay person, a rare find in a lawyer.
Posted by Jeff | November 20, 2013
Excellent for Collection
I had retained Mr. Carlin for a collections matter on a relatively small unpaid invoice from a former client (approximately $3,500). He handled the matter quickly and effectively, and his advice was on-point. I was pleased with the outcome, and will be using him for future collections matters, regardless of size.
Posted by Isa | June 23, 2013
Top South Florida Litigator
Mr. Carlin was referred to us by our family attorney to represent us in a very complicated litigation case. His thoroughness, timely and consistant communication, and professionalism made the negative experience bearble and educational. It is very easy to work with someone who listens and truly understands where you're coming from. He is a result-oriented and exceptional attorney that I highly recommend.
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Posted by Elliott | November 19, 2012
Excellent Family Law Attorney
I was involved in a custody battle that lasted 6 years, and within 6 month's of retaining Justin Carlin's services my daughter was living with me and I was finally out of court. He is an excellent family law Attorney that I would recommend to anyone, he was very knowledgable in every matter right across county lines as my case was in Miami's circuit court. Justin actually responds to all his calls and emails in timely fashion which is a big help in any case, as sometimes things can become hectic in a given situation. All in all, Justin Carlin is a great attorney with a "let's do it" attitude that is evident in his actions.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2012
An Asset to Fort Lauderdale
This was the first time in my life that I had to hire an attorney and I'm so glad I was referred to Mr. Carlin. It was a complex situation, but Mr. Carlin used his knowledge and expertise to execute an outstanding outcome for my family and I. He is extremely professional, well-spoken and wise. I always felt that he had my best interests in mind and was willing to fight on my behalf to achieve the best outcomes. If I ever need assistance in the future, I will surely return to Mr. Carlin.
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Posted by Dave | November 17, 2012
Extremely professional and proficient.
Justin was a great attorney worthy of high praise and trust. He was constantly available with updates and always covered all bases with his legal knowledge and experience. Justin worked very hard for me and provided a satisfactory result that was demonstrative of his effort and dedication. I am very happy with my decision to hire Justin and I will be retaining him for future legal services. I strongly recommend Justin to serve your legal needs.
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Posted by Benjamin | November 16, 2012
Highly Recommend for Real Estate Matters
I live out of state but currently have investment property in Florida. Justin has been an excellent resource for my Florida real estate and business law matters. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a competent and responsive business lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2012
Homeowners Association Disputes
I hired Justin for a condominium dispute and found him to be extremely knowledgeable about the law.  Justin knew exactly what he needed to work everything out for me. VanI definitely plan to use him again for my future legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2012
Excellent job
I used Justin for an issue I had with the State concerning the classification of a part time independent contractor I used in my business. The worker was disputing that he was a contractor. The State only gave me about ten days to respond in writing. Justin was easy to contact and knew about the issues I faced. Over the course of a week, we communicated several times a day mostly via email as we put together my response. He asked questions about my working relationship with the worker and asked that I put together any documents that supported my position. Ultimately, through his handling of the situation, the worker was found to be an independent contractor. I can't thank him enough. Based on my working with him, I have sent a few people to Justin for their legal problem.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2012
Rating based on my experience
Based on my experience with him, He is not truthworthy. there were times I was not sure if he was really working for me or the other side. I am sure he is knowledable but some reason he did not want to use his knowledge.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-450 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Manager
  • The Carlin Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Golden Carlin
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Florida International University College of Law
  • 2009 - 2009
  • President
  • The Carlin Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Summer Associate
  • Golden & La Neve
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Juan Ramirez, Jr. (Ret.),
  • Florida Third District Court of Appeal
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Research Assistant, Dean M.C. Mirow,
  • Florida International University College of Law
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • Florida International University College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2009
  • Florida State University
  • B.S.
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Meldrum v. Bergamo-Meldrum
  • Reversed and remanded
  • Pro Finish, Inc. v. Estate of All American Trailers Mfgs., Inc., 204 So. 3d 505 (Fla. 4th 2016)
  • Reversed and remanded
  • Santos v. Santos, 164 So. 3d 71 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015)
  • Reversed and remanded
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Associations

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • FIU Law Dean's Alumni Circle
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Broward Christian Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Present
  • Federalist Society (Miami chapter)
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Leadership Broward
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Broward County Bar Association, Bench and Bar Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • The Tower Club of Fort Lauderdale
  • Diplomat
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Broward County Bar Association, Bench and Bar Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Republican National Lawyers Association (Florida chapter)
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Fellow, Trial College at Harvard Law School
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
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Publications

  • University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law
  • (Research & Writing Assistant) Jerry W. Markham, Glass Steagall vs. Gramm-Leach-Bliley-A Test Match for the Bankers
  • 2010
  • Florida International University Law Review
  • State Sovereign Immunity & Privatization: Can Eleventh Amendment Immunity Extend to Private Entities?
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Civil Litigation in Federal Courts
  • Federal Court Jurisprudence
  • 2017
  • The Winning Edge
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • 2015
  • Quarterly Meeting
  • U.S. Supreme Court Case Updates
  • 2013
  • Quarterly Meeting
  • U.S. Supreme Court Case Updates
  • 2012
  • Quarterly Meeting
  • U.S. Supreme Court Case Updates
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (13)
Endorse Justin
Litigation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Carlin is a skilled and zealous litigator. I endorse him without hesitation, and will continue to refer business to him."
Business Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Justin was a teacher of mine when I worked under him as a law clerk. Under his supervision, I was afforded a great deal of knowledge and he always took the time to explain litigation strategy to me from both a macro and micro level. From what I've seen Justin's work ethic is second to none. If ever the need arises where I'm faced with a complex business matter my first phone call would be to Justin."
Business Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Justin is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney. I recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is a highly respected attorney in this community."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin Carlin is a thoughtful and courteous person, a true professional with a thorough knowledge of litigation practice and procedures. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Justin as co-counsel on appeals. I have referred several litigation matters to him. He is definitely a star. The clients I have referred have been delighted with his intelligence and energy."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Justin represents his client's interests zealously in an effort to get the best result. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Energetic, determined, personable, smart, resourceful, and ambitious, Mr. Carlin demonstrates key attributes of some of the nation's top litigators. I've been able to refer Mr. Carlin cases and he has exceeded my expectations each time. I would trust him with not only a client's woes but also with my own, Mr. Carlin is one of the very select few I would trust to pursue my rights, or to defend me should the occasion arise. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Justin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is a fantastic litigation lawyer who I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. I highly recommend him and his services."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. It is always a pleasure working on cases with Justin. Very knowledgeable on the law, processes, and court procedures. Extremely courteous, highly intelligent, professional, and caring. Goes the extra mile to get things accomplished. I highly recommend Justin to all my friends, family and colleagues."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Justin Carlin for several years. Justin's work is very thorough and I trust his abilities to perform admirably, both as a lawyer and as an individual looking out for the best interests of his clients. Justin's energy and enthusiasm sets him above the rest."
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Fort Lauderdale Litigation Lawyer Justin Christopher Carlin
Justin Christopher Carlin
Litigation Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 14 years