Justin D. Ward is an Associate in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group at Goodwin. He started at the firm in 2022. Justin’s practice involves representing a variety of clients—including life sciences companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies—in securities litigation, M&A litigation, commercial disputes, restructuring litigation and other complex civil litigation, as well as regulatory and internal investigations.

Justin is admitted only in New York and his application to the Massachusetts bar is pending; he is working under the supervision of the partners at Goodwin.





Justin has substantial experience in all phases of complex civil litigation, from case inception through appeal, as well as regulatory and internal investigations. His representative matters include:

  • Defending a pharmaceutical company against federal securities fraud claims related to alleged off-label marketing.*
  • Defending the portfolio company of a private equity firm against federal securities claims relating to a going-private transaction.*
  • Defending the former executive of a cryptocurrency company against a civil enforcement action brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.*
  • Defending an investment firm against claims to recover a disputed broker’s fee in state court.*
  • Representing a leading industrial firm in trade secret litigation against a major competitor.*
  • Representing creditors of a global satellite company at a contested plan confirmation hearing in federal bankruptcy court.*
  • Defending a global restaurant chain against lawsuits alleging discrimination in franchising and advertising.*
  • Defending an international sports organization against federal antitrust claims.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin

Professional Experience
Prior to joining Goodwin, Justin D. Ward was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.






J.D., 2014
Harvard Law School
magna cum laude
M.A., in History, 2009
Duke University
B.A., in History and German, 2005
Washington University in St. Louis
summa cum laude


2018-2019 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Hon. Julius N. Richardson
2017-2018 U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Hon. Timothy J. Kelly



New York


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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