Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Florida Chapter
Justin Pearson is the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Florida Chapter. He litigates economic liberty, property rights, school choice and First Amendment cases in federal and state court, both in Florida and around the nation.
Justin was one of the lead attorneys who successfully defended the Jalali family’s Anaheim, Calif., office building against a federal civil forfeiture action, and Justin is currently one of the lead attorneys challenging minimum limousine fare requirements in Tampa as well as unconstitutional street vendor restrictions in Hialeah, Fla. Additionally, Justin has testified to the Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries about the constitutional implications of occupational licensing laws and has been involved in multiple activism projects on behalf of food trucks.
Throughout his career, Justin has served as lead counsel in trials in state and federal courts, as well as appeals and arbitrations, and Justin has represented small business owners more than any other type of client. In 2006, Justin formed his own law practice to advocate for small business owners, and Justin’s law practice was successful for many years before he made the decision to join IJ in 2012 in order to better fight against government power gone awry.
Justin received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami in 2002, where he was the research and writing editor for the University of Miami Business Law Review. While in law school, Justin clerked for Miami Circuit Court Judge Gerald D. Hubbart. Justin received his undergraduate degree in business management from North Carolina State University in 1999.