Representative Matters

Justin Penn defends the interests of companies and individuals in the financial services industry in jurisdictions across the country. He splits his time between the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Justin is the leader of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Practice Group, where he has played an integral role since starting with the firm in the early 2000s. His extensive experience includes handling state and federal consumer statute litigation, including claims involving the:

  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA);
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA);
  • Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA);
  • False Claims Act (FCA);
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA); and the
  • Truth in Lending Act (TILA).

In addition, Justin advises corporations and professionals in professional liability and employment-related litigation. He has handled a wide range of legal malpractice matters, including cases involving an attorney's liability to non-clients. Justin has also represented hospitals, corporations, and religious organizations in complex litigation.

Before joining Hinshaw, Justin was a summer associate with a Chicago-based civil litigation firm. He also served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Wayne Andersen, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Prior to his legal career, Justin was a travel director for INTRAV, Inc. in St. Louis. 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.

Honors & Awards

  • The John Marshall Law School
    • Dean's Scholarship
  • University of Notre Dame
    • Dean's List

Representative Matters

  • Holcomb v. Freedman Anselmo Lindberg, LLC, 900 F.3d 990 (7th Cir. 2018)
  • Marquez v. Weinstein, Pinson & Riley, P.S., 836 F.3d 808 (7th Cir. 2016)
  • Leeb v. Nationwide Credit Corp., 806 F.3d 895 (7th Cir. 2015)
  • McMahon v LVNV Funding LLC, 744 F. 3d 1010 (7th Cir. 2014)
  • O'Rourke v Palisades, 635 F.3d 938 (7th Cir. 2011)
  • Dekoven v Plaza Associates, 599 F.3d 578 (7th Cir. 2010)
  • Evory v. RJM Acquisitions, et al., 505 F.3d 769 (7th Cir. 2007)


  • "The Continuing Evolution of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act," The National Council of Higher Education Resources, 2018 Fall Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 5, 2018
  • Federal & State Investigations: Preparing, Managing, and Cleaning Up," ACA international, 2018 Convention and Exposition, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 25, 2018
  • "Changes in Your Career Path: Looking at the Changing Work Force in the Legal Field," National Creditors Bar Association, 2018 Spring Conference, Austin, Texas, May 18, 2018
  • "Conflicts of Law and Collections," National Creditors Bar Association, 2017 Conference, October 13, 2017
  • "Defend or Settle: It Shouldn’t Be a Roll of the Dice," The National Creditors Bar Association, 2016 Fall Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 28, 2016
  • "The Continuing Evolution of the TCPA," Lorman Education Services, webinar, July 2016
  • "Licensing Requirements and Their Implication on Collection Attorneys," Defense Bar Education Session, NARCA 2014 Fall Collection Conference, October 2014

Community/Civic Activities

  • Hospice House in South Bend, Indiana, Former Volunteer
  • Notre Dame, Former Peer Tutor

J.D., cum laude, The John Marshall Law School, 2004

B.A., cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1999