Justin M. Kornegay, Associate

 

Justin is an associate attorney with Johnson & Associates, where he maintains a diverse practice focused on civil and commercial litigation. Specifically, Justin has represented both property owners and contractors in various construction disputes, including breach of contract, construction defect, and disputes arising under the Texas Residential Construction Act (RCLA). Justin has also represented numerous contractors in the preparation, perfection and enforcement of mechanic’s and materialman’s liens in connection with residential, commercial, and oil & gas projects.  Justin has also successfully represented clients in various real estate matters such as residential and commercial lease disputes, evictions, and title disputes.

Before joining the firm, Justin gained litigation experience at Houston firms dealing with complex commercial litigation including property and casualty insurance litigation and general business litigation, as well as civil appeals in both state and federal courts across the nation. Justin also previously held a postgraduate fellowship with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. In law school, Justin served as a teaching assistant tutoring first year students, as well as a research assistant to Professor Ellen Marrus, and a member of moot court where he competed in various national and international competitions. Justin is also a member of the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court.

 

Representative Cases

Successfully tried multiple eviction bench trials in justice court and county court at law, obtaining multiple judgments and writs of possession on behalf of both individual and corporate clients.

Successfully mediated and obtained favorable confidential settlement for private pressure vessel fabricator against an International oil company, as plaintiff, seeking breach of contract damages resulting from unpaid accounts and damaged property.

Obtained multiple favorable confidential settlements for national insurance carrier, as defendant in first party actions by insureds for property damage, deceptive trade practices, and unfair insurance practices.

Assisted at trial and appellate levels, ultimately leading to the Ninth Circuit affirming judgment on the jury verdict in the client’s favor on plaintiff’s bad faith claim and reversing summary judgment due to factual issues on the unfair insurance practices claim. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n v. PHL Variable Ins. Co., 609 Fed. App’x 458 (9th Cir. 2015).

Assisted in obtaining dismissal of two life insurance Companies from two lawsuits brought against them by a policyholder who procured life insurance policies for the sole purpose of selling them on the secondary market, and had dismissals affirmed on appeal. Scott v. Laux, et al., 457 S.W.3d 380 (Mo. App. E.D. 2015).

Assisted in obtaining the dismissal of an area hospice company and its CEO who were sued along with six of its subsidiary hospice companies by former employees alleging a scheme to defraud Medicare.                                                                          United States et rel. Lemon v. Nurses To Go, Inc., CV H-16-1775, 2018 WL 1898559 (S.D. Tex. Apr. 20, 2018)

 

Focus Areas

Litigation

 

Education

Texas A&M University, B.S., 2008
University of Houston Law School, J.D., 2012

 

Bar Admissions

Texas

 

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit