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Justin W. Younker



Justin was a Frantz Ward Summer Associate in 2016 before becoming an Associate with the firm. He received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he graduated magna cum laude. Justin was a legal writing tutor, recipient of the Law Justice Scholarship, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review.  

Justin has significant experience in litigation from pre-suit negotiations through the appellate process. Further, Justin assists education clients, both institutional and individual, with various issues as they arrise.

Additionally, Justin served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge John Russo, Administrative Judge to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Prior to law school, Justin taught secondary English in rural Alabama through Teach for America. In Alabama, Justin served as a kicking coach for his school's football team, chaired the school's chapter of the National Honor Society, initiated the District's AP program, and co-founded Higher Academics Summer School, an intensive summer boarding school for college-bound students. After his time in Alabama, he worked as a Dean of Students in a Breakthrough Charter School in Cleveland.
    • Experience in products liability litigation from discovery through motion practice.
    • Provide representation to clients within education disputes.
    • Represent clients through all stages of litigation and settlement.
    • Provide assistance to nonprofit organizations with gift-giving campaigns and endowment creation. 
  • Education

    • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2017
    • College of Wooster, B.A., cum laude, 2010


    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit 
    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Professional Affiliations

    • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) – Member (2019-Present)
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member (2014-Present)
    • Cleveland State Law Review—Editor-in-Chief (2016-2017)

    Community Involvement

    • Citizens Academy Elementary Schools Board—Member (2018-2019)
    • Cleveland Leadership Center, On-Board Cleveland (Class of 2019)
    • Higher Academics Summer School—Advisory Board
    • CALI High ‘A’ Awards—Immigration (2015), Legal Writing (2014, 2015), Evidence (2016)
    • Law Justice Scholarship—Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • ACMA Midwest Regional Tournament Judge, American Collegiate Moot Court Association, Wooster, OH (2017-Present)