Justin R. Cochran
Justin R. Cochran’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and white collar defense, including criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.
Whether it is the service of a grand jury subpoena, the investigator knocking at the company’s door, the execution of a search warrant or a criminal indictment, corporate and individual clients rely on Justin for advice and legal defense in difficult situations.
Justin’s white collar criminal and government investigation practice includes representing corporate and individual clients in both state and federal government criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. He represents clients in federal actions involving conspiracy, bank fraud, aviation fraud, health care fraud, environmental crime, securities fraud, and tax fraud.
Justin conducts internal investigations and has represented clients in federal investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Bureau, and the inspector general’s offices of the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. Department of Transportation.
Justin’s commercial litigation experience includes contractual breach, deficiencies, fraud, receiverships, and securities-related actions. He represents financial institutions in commercial finance and consumer bank litigation involving a large number of state and federal laws and regulations. He has represented a number of clients in defending claims for lender liability arising from foreclosures, origination practices, and loan administration. In two of these cases, Justin took and defended more than 60 depositions of borrower and lender personnel.
Prior to entering private practice, Justin was a judicial intern to the Hon. James C. Mahan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. He received his J.D., with a health law concentration, from Boston University School of Law, where he was editor of the American Journal of Law & Medicine. He received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Southern California.
- Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2010
- Honors, Health Law Concentration
- Editor, American Journal of Law & Medicine
- University of Southern California, B.A., cum laude, 2007
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
- 200+ Hour Club, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 2012
- Board of Directors, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, 2012-2014
- Represented the former owner of an aviation repair station in a month-long federal criminal jury trial in California. Obtained significant pre-trial victories including severance from co-defendants on the conspiracy charge.
- Defended a large financial services institution in a state attorney general’s civil lawsuit while avoiding a potential criminal prosecution of the company. The matter was ultimately dismissed and the court imposed sanctions on the state attorney general’s office. The representation also included defending the client against a purported class action involving similar allegation as the state’s complaint.
- Advised a major U.S.-based seafood supplier in a criminal investigation involving false statements and the Lacey Act. Prepared a significant presentation to the government seeking a non-prosecution agreement.
Dade City’s Wild Things owner tests limits of federal court in PETA lawsuit
<em>Tampa Bay Times</em>
January 30, 2018
Zoo Tries To Nix Judge In PETA Suit Over Animal Dwellings
January 26, 2018
Community in court over monkey farm breeding practices
January 22, 2018
PETA alleges Dade City public zoo violated EndangeredSpecies Act
Legal News Line
October 21, 2016
Kagan’s Luis Dissent Suggests Way for Defendants to Strike Back
April 11, 2016
Hands Off! Supreme Court Rules Defendants May Use Innocent Assets to Hire Lawyers
March 31, 2016
Give Me Back My Books and Records: Application of Rule 41(g) in Response to Federal Search Warrants
Bloomberg BNA White Collar Crime Report
February 04, 2014
The ESI Document Dump in White Collar Cases: Make DOI- Adhere to Its Own Policies and Comply With Brady
Bloomberg BNA Criminal Law Reporter
March 11, 2013
Choose Words Carefully: Determining One’s Status in Federal Investigations
Nevada Business Magazine
November 01, 2012
Please Tell Me How This Ends: Determining a Client’s Status in a Grand Jury Investigation
Northern Nevada Business Weekly
September 24, 2012