Justin R. Opitz Partner

Justin handles complex commercial and business litigation. He represents national and local financial institutions, lenders, servicers, and secured creditors in individual lawsuits, class actions, and bankruptcy adversary matters.

Justin’s practice routinely involves defending fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unreasonable collection efforts, as well as federal and state statutory claims, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Justin has obtained summary judgment or dismissals on behalf of his clients in over 50 matters throughout state and federal courts.

Justin has served as national litigation counsel in multiple jurisdictions on behalf of a federal savings bank and supports clients’ national compliance efforts with state and federal laws, including recent participation in an on-site Office of the Comptroller of the Currency loan audit. In addition, he has represented employers in actions before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Texas Workforce Commission.

Experience

Representation of company and individual shareholder in connection with disputes arising from sale of company for an amount in excess of $30,000,000.

Defend one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers against claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and False Claims Act.

Counsel financial institutions in responding to requests by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Representation of investor and servicer in Fifth Circuit appeal involving breach of contract and MERS’ authority to assign the deed of trust.

Representation of investor in underlying suit and Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas challenging compliance with state debt collection laws.

Representation of home equity loan originators and servicers in multiple actions asserting claims under the Texas Constitution, each resulting in dismissal of all allegations.

Representation of servicer in adversary action filed by Chapter 11 trustee seeking to void secured liens encumbering over 100 properties in excess of $4 million.

Representation of international company defending wrongful termination claims before Texas Workforce Commission.

Representation of company against sexual harassment allegations before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • University of Houston Law Center, JD, Casenotes and Comments Editor, Houston Journal of International Law, 2005
  • Texas A&M University, BS, Political Science, magna cum laude, 2002
Named to "Texas Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014, 2015
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
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