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Justin T. Kelton

Brooklyn Metrotech

1 MetroTech Center

Suite 1701

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tel: (718) 215-5300

Fax: (718) 215-5304

Email: [email protected]

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Justin T. Kelton is a Partner at Abrams Fensterman, LLP, where he serves as Co-Chair of the Litigation Department. Justin is a trial lawyer who represents clients in a wide range of high-stakes business disputes, investigations, and governmental enforcement actions before federal and state courts and administrative bodies.


Justin is often retained to handle high-profile matters that garner substantial media coverage and involve significant public policy issues. The Washington Post described one of his recent victories as “nearly unheard of in our court system,” The New York Daily News called the win “extraordinary,” and The New York Sun praised his team’s legal strategy as creating “a win-win situation” for his client. After Justin’s client defeated a motion to dismiss in a widely watched defamation case, The Columbia Journalism Review noted that Justin’s team “scored an important win.” KABC Radio recently reported that his team achieved a “scorching” victory over a defendant, and The Gateway Pundit characterized the same win as “devastating” to the defense. Justin’s work has been widely profiled in national and international media, including Forbes, The Associated Press, Vanity Fair, Reuters, The Washington Post, NBC News, ABC News, The Times of Israel, RealClearPolitics, and The Daily Beast, among many others. In addition, Justin’s scholarly writing has been published by the New York Law Journal, Harvard Law School, the Delaware Business Court Insider, and Practical Law.


Justin’s practice spans a wide range of substantive areas, including business and partnership disputes, employment disputes, contract disputes, fraud, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, breaches of fiduciary duty, class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, real estate, civil rights, and copyright and trademark matters. Justin also regularly represents media organizations, journalists, authors, and public figures in First Amendment matters, and he has substantial experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in defamation and libel lawsuits.


Justin received a B.S. in Computer Science from Muhlenberg College, and a J.D. from Albany Law School. While in law school, Mr. Kelton was a research assistant to Prof. Annette Kahler, Director of the Science and Technology Law Center.

Bar Admissions

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  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


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  • Albany Law School, J.D.
  • Muhlenberg College, B.S., Computer Science

Notable Matters

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  • Recovered more than $19 million as lead counsel in a bet-the-business lawsuit against former business partner arising out of disputes over corporate management and contested business valuation.
  • Won $7.5 million verdict after federal trial in breach of contract action.
  • As lead defense counsel, not only secured complete dismissal of a plaintiff’s claims in a contract dispute, but also won more than $300,000 from the plaintiff based on counterclaims.
  • As lead counsel for a software development company, obtained a rare worldwide injunction enforcing a non-compete agreement against a former employee, barring the former employee from competing anywhere in the world.
  • Trial counsel in complex trial spanning more than five months representing healthcare business in responding to governmental enforcement action seeking to revoke license.
  • Trial counsel for technology startup in dispute with former owner over valuation of ownership interest and multimillion-dollar earn out provision of partnership agreement.
  • Lead counsel for advertising company in high-stakes litigation against competitor involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition.
  • Won a series of take-nothing dismissals for New York City-based hospital system in lawsuits by former employees who alleged whistleblowing and employment-related claims.
  • Won a series of take-nothing dismissals for Long Island-based hospital system in employment lawsuits.
  • Represented employers in confidential internal investigations and in responding to governmental investigations.

Published Works

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Community Service

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  • Arbitrator, New York State Unified Court System
  • Member, New York County Democratic Committee