Justin S. Nahama

Associate vCard


  • Boston University School of Law (JD, cum laude)
  • Marist College (BA, cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Armed Forces

Justin’s practice centers on empowering and protecting his clients so they can spend more time growing their business, pursuing their passions in and out of the workplace, and with loved ones. Justin is a seasoned trial attorney whose practice encompasses a wide range of complex litigation matters. Justin has secured verdicts for his clients in various state and federal proceedings including, but not limited to, complex jury and bench trials, mediations, and arbitrations. 

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Justin served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps. Justin served as the Chief Prosecutor for the Western Recruiting Region, where he prosecuted high-profile cases and advised military commanders on military justice matters. His experience with the Marine Corps included extensive trial preparation and practice, successfully representing the United States in felony jury and bench trials. Justin tried various complex cases to verdict to include homicide, domestic violence, computer crimes, and fraud against the United States. In preparation for pretrial and trial matters, Justin worked closely with victims, federal and state law enforcement personnel, and expert witnesses in the fields of computer forensics, toxicology, medicine, and DNA. 

Justin was a summer associate for Dwyer & Collora, LLP. There, he assisted attorneys in civil and criminal litigation matters with a focus on white collar crime, employment and business disputes, and health care matters. Justin was also a law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston, where he assisted attorneys in the Public Corruption Division.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained defense verdict as trial counsel in federal court jury trial involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty, among others. Azco Biotech, Inc. v. Intelligent Bio-Systems, Inc., 12-cv-2599-BEN, U.S. Dist. Ct. (S.D. Cal.). Plaintiff, a former distributor of our client’s next generation sequencing (NGS) machines, filed an 18-count, $100 million complaint against our client in 2012. Following extensive discovery, we persuaded the court to narrow the case to a single breach of contract claim. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in our client’s favor
  • Defended a real estate advisor and property management company in a lawsuit by 20 property investors alleging fraud, negligence, California Corporations Code violations, UCL (§ 17200), and other claims. Successfully eliminated all but contract claims and obtained early dismissal with prejudice of two defendants
  • Assisted CrossFit, Inc. with obtaining a Preliminary Injunction requiring a nutritional supplement company to remove certain content and videos related to exercise instruction from its website, YouTube, and social media based on a finding that the company’s trademark was likely to cause confusion with the CrossFit trademark
  • Assisted client specializing in veterinary website design with obtaining a $1 million judgment based on trademark infringement, cybersquatting, trade libel, malicious defamation and unfair competition
  • Successfully assisted various clients with trademark disputes, including obtaining transfer of domain names based on trademark infringement and cybersquatting
  • Represented United States Marine Corps Major in connection with an NCIS investigation into his civilian business practice; the investigation was closed and no charges were filed
  • Achieved favorable settlement for Leona Valley Winery in mediation asserting claims for trademark infringement, unfair business practices, interference with business relations, and trade libel
  • Investigated and successfully prosecuted over 70 military proceedings and trials
  • Served as Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, prosecuting over 100 civilian misdemeanors in Federal Magistrate’s Court

Awards & Recognitions

  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star: Litigation (2017)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Assists with various legal matters related to Veteran Affairs
  • Participates in the firm’s San Diego Domestic Violence Program
  • Three-time team competitor in the CrossFit Games, consistently placing top-five internationally