Justin M. Croniser represents corporations, officers, and employees in complex commercial litigation and class-action litigation in state and federal trial courts throughout the United States. Justin handles a wide variety of litigation matters, including contracts, fraud, insurance bad faith, tort claims, business torts, and compliance with government regulations. Justin also has considerable experience in reviewing banks' underwriting practices and procedures and evaluating claims made under closing protection letters (also known as CPLs and insured closing letters). Further, Justin counsels his clients on cybersecurity, data privacy, and data breach management issues.
Justin also has considerable experience in crisis management and communications from his prior work as a police officer and public information officer (“PIO”) for the Gallatin, Tennessee Police Department. Justin addressed all sorts of incidents in the city, from noise violations to an active shooter situation. As the department’s PIO, Justin handled media inquiries for the department, answering questions on topics ranging from crime prevention tips to bank robberies and murders. Justin was awarded the department’s Community Service Award in 2003.
- Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2015-present; Chair, Recruiting Committee, 2016-present; Associate, 2007-15
- Associate, Thompson Hine LLP, 2005-07
- Law Clerk, Bales Weinstein, 2004
- Law Clerk, The Honorable M. Scott Ramey, Municipal Court Judge, Sylvania, Ohio, 2003
- Certified Police Officer and Crime Prevention and Community Affairs Officer, Gallatin Police Department, Gallatin, Tennessee, 1998-2002
- Police and Fire Dispatcher, Ottawa Hills Police Department, Ottawa Hills, Ohio, 1995-98, 2002-03
- Police Dispatcher, The University of Toledo Police Department, Toledo, Ohio, 1994-98
- Congressional Intern, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Washington, D.C., Summer 1997
Justin lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with his wife, Penelope, and their two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys researching his family’s genealogy and listening to music.
- Represented Fortune 500 company in a week-long trial in Summit County, Ohio Common Pleas Court, involving allegations of mortgage fraud. Trial court granted a directed verdict to Fortune 500 company, resulting in a complete dismissal of all claims against his client.
- Represented title insurer in multi-million dollar class action lawsuit involving alleged violations of the State of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act in King County, Washington Superior Court. Trial court found title insurer not liable following three-day bench trial.
- Represented client in confidential investigation conducted by a state agency. State agency subsequently closed its investigation without filing charges or assessing any fine.
- Represented title insurers in two multi-million dollar lawsuits involving alleged breaches of closing protection letters in two Michigan state courts. Obtained favorable settlement for clients.
- Represented national real estate company in disputes with franchisees regarding unauthorized use of the company’s trademarks and violations of the franchise agreements. Obtained favorable settlements for client.
- Represented tool company in theft of trade secrets case where former employees took the company's client lists and strategies. Obtained a permanent injunction prohibiting the former employees from utilizing the company's client lists and strategies.
- Represented dental company in several cases involving non-compete agreements and theft of trade secret claims. Obtained favorable settlements for client.
- Counseled client on updating cybersecurity and data security policies and procedures in response to a vendor assessment conducted by one of the client’s main customers.
- Carter v. Welles-Bowen Realty, Inc., 735 F.3d 722 (6th Cir. 2013). The appellate court affirmed trial court's decision that the defendants satisfied the safe harbor requirement of 12 U.S.C. § 2607 and that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's policy statement regarding affiliated business arrangements was not entitled to deference.
Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2005
Honors & Activities: Dean’s List; Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Authorities Editor; Phi Alpha Delta, Vice Justice; VULS Headnotes, Member
The University of Toledo, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1997
Honors & Activities: Dean’s List; President’s List; Phi Kappa Phi; Mortar Board National Honor Society; Phi Sigma Alpha; Golden Key National Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa; Student Legal Services, Board Member; Student Senate, Member and Speaker Pro Tempore; Student Judicial Board, Member
Cleveland Leadership Center’s Leadership Council, Member, 2015-present
After-School All-Stars Cleveland Advisory Board, Board Chair, 2016-present
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Partners-In-Justice, Member, 2012-present
Cub Scout Pack No. 620, Treasurer, 2016-present
Graduate, Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute, 2014
Graduate, FBI Citizens’ Academy, 2006
Community Service Award, Gallatin Police Department, 2003
Member of the Year, Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, 2001
New Member of the Year, Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, 2000
State of Ohio, 2005
U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, 2006 and the Southern District of Ohio, 2007
American Bar Association, Member
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member
Ohio Land Title Association, Member