Justin J. Hawal

Justin J. Hawal

Associate
Cleveland

Justin Hawal fights for individuals who have suffered harm from negligence, defective products, civil rights abuses, human trafficking, and other corporate and governmental wrongdoing.

Justin Hawal fights for individuals who have suffered harm from negligence, defective products, civil rights abuses, human trafficking, and other corporate and governmental wrongdoing.

Overview

Justin Hawal’s work spans a broad range of practice areas, with special expertise in complex catastrophic injury, civil rights abuse, mass tort, and class action litigations.

Justin’s practice also encompasses police misconduct, human trafficking, and sex abuse. He currently represents dozens of women in the largest international sex trafficking lawsuit in U.S. history against Peter Nygard and his companies. Justin was integral to the consumer plaintiffs’ success in the Equifax data breach multidistrict litigation, the largest consumer data breach settlement in U.S. history.

Justin was recently one of only 40 attorneys nationwide to be named a 2021 National Law Journal “Elite Trial Lawyers: Rising Star.” Justin was also awarded Public Justice’s 2021 “Trial Lawyer of the Year” for his work on the trial team in Black v. Hicks, a groundbreaking civil rights case involving shocking police misconduct and resulting in a $50 million jury award. During law school, Justin was selected as a member of the Cleveland State Law Review and published a scholarly article regarding independent tort actions for spoliation of evidence under Ohio law. He was also an active member of the civil litigation clinic, through which he represented an asylum-seeking immigrant from Honduras fleeing gang violence.