Justin Penn focuses his practice in litigation with particular emphasis on professional liability litigation, including consumer litigation and legal malpractice defense. He has also been involved in labor and employment law in both litigation and arbitration practice.
Mr. Penn is experienced in many aspects of trial practice, including consumer class action defense for claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act. He has handled hundreds of consumer litigation matters under many statutes, including the FDCPA, the FCRA (and FACTA), the TCPA, TILA, state consumer fraud statutes and the False Claims Act. Mr. Penn has also handled a wide variety of legal malpractice matters, including cases involving an attorney’s liability to non-clients. In addition, Mr. Penn has experience in complex litigation defending hospitals, corporations and religious organizations. He has defended cases in jurisdictions across the country.
Mr. Penn joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as a law clerk and became an associate in August 2004. He served as a summer associate with the Chicago law firm of Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey.
During law school, Mr. Penn was a judicial extern for the Honorable Wayne Anderson, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Penn spent three years as a travel director for INTRAV, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri. Additionally, he worked for NBC Sports in production support for live, televised sporting events around the world, including University of Notre Dame football, the French Open tennis championships and The Championships at Wimbledon.
While at Notre Dame, Mr. Penn was on the Dean’s List for six semesters, was a peer tutor and participated in the University’s London Program.
Mr. Penn is a co-author of “Attorney Liability to Adversaries and Other Third Parties
,” a chapter in “Attorneys’ Legal Liability,” published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), November 2007. His presentations include:
- “New Technology and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act,” Lorman Education Services, audio conference, February 2012.
- “The Ethics of Getting Paid,” WestLegalEdcenter, live webcast, March 2010.
He is also a frequent speaker on issues such as the 2010 amendments to the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, an attorney’s liability to non-clients and the challenges of multi-jurisdictional practice.
Mr. Penn has worked as a volunteer at Hospice House in South Bend, Indiana
, and was a peer tutor during his undergraduate work at Notre Dame.