Justin Dixon is a Jacksonville trial lawyer who represents a wide variety of clients, with an emphasis in trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation, consumer finance litigation and complex business disputes. As a litigator, Mr. Dixon's practice has taken him to state and federal courts throughout the country, including Florida, New York, California, Washington and Texas.
Mr. Dixon routinely defends banks, auto finance companies and mortgage servicers on a variety of consumer protection-related matters. This includes claims brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).
In addition, Mr. Dixon pursues and defends trade secret and noncompete violation claims. To date, he has successfully defended clients in "bet the company" litigation involving these matters, and has assisted his clients in defeating abusive and harassing trade secret and noncompete claims, which sought to hinder lawful competition.
Mr. Dixon is also intimately familiar with the needs of corporate in-house litigation departments, as he has served as a secondee in a global investment bank's North American regulatory and litigation department. In that role, Mr. Dixon helped oversee securities- and financial-related litigation, as well as regulatory proceedings and investigations involving regulators such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Mr. Dixon's recent representative matters include:
- represented a global mining technology company in a multimillion trade secret misappropriation claim against a prior licensee under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act (FUTSA)
- represented an infectious disease medical practice and nonprofit corporation against claims that they had violated restrictive covenants by applying for a federal program intended to allow patients easier access to life-saving HIV medications
- represented a point-of-use water distributor in claims brought by a global competitor related to purported violations of noncompete agreements and trade secret misappropriation under state and federal law
- represented two former employees who later started a competing mining equipment distribution business against claims from their former employer for breach of fiduciary duty and violating the Florida Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (CADRA)
- represented an auto finance company against claims brought under the ECOA and achieved dismissal of those claims according to a first-of-its-kind statute of limitations argument
- represented a mortgage servicer in an action involving unfair debt collection claims under the FDCPA and gained an expedient dismissal after showing that the plaintiff had failed to abide by required disclosure requirements in a bankruptcy proceeding
Together with his diverse litigation practice, Mr. Dixon is active in community service and pro bono initiatives at Holland & Knight. For 2019, Mr. Dixon chaired the firm's annual 9/11 Day of Service project.
Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Dixon was an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. Assigned to the Special Assault and Homicide Divisions, Mr. Dixon gained valuable trial experience and took part in more than 20 jury trials.
- University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- University of North Florida, cum laude
- All State Courts in Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
- Jacksonville Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
- Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter
- Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, American Bar Association, Research Editor
- Book Award, Administrative Law, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2012