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Justin R. Kaufman

Partner - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Justin R. Kaufman is a partner and manages the Santa Fe, New Mexico office of Robins Cloud LLP. Mr. Kaufman received his B.A. from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1998. In 2004, he received his J.D., cum laude, from Temple University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Temple Law Review. Mr. Kaufman also holds an M.B.A. from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Kaufman served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Herbert J. Hutton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kaufman is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and New York.

Mr. Kaufman has extensive experience in complex litigation including catastrophic injury, product defect, pharmaceutical, consumer fraud, and medical negligence cases. He has tried numerous cases to verdict and has successfully settled numerous cases on behalf of individuals and families injured or killed by pharmaceutical products, industrial equipment, and the negligence of others. Working with his partner Bill Robins III, who was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Avandia Multi-District Litigation (MDL) pending before the Hon. Cynthia M. Rufe of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mr. Kaufman helped lead a team of dozens of attorneys in completing extensive corporate discovery and simultaneously preparing multiple bellwether cases for trial in both state and federal courts.

In addition, Mr. Kaufman represented eight state Attorneys General in Avandia-related litigation pending in state courts, ultimately resolving these matters for significant recoveries for the states. In 2013, Mr. Kaufman was part of a team of lawyers who secured the largest jury verdict in New Mexico history at the time, a wrongful death case arising out of a trucking accident. Mr. Kaufman is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, he is a National Advisory Board Member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), he is a past president of the First Judicial District Bar Association, and his track record has earned him a place in the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40. Mr. Kaufman has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Education and Honors:

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 2004
    Member of the Temple Law Review, 2002 – 2004
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, B.A. 1998
    Major: Environmental Science
  • Temple University Fox School of Business, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M.B.A. 2004

Published Works:

  • Halting the Enron Trainwreck: Using the Bankruptcy Code to Rescue Retirement Plans, 76 Temple Law Review 595, 2003

Past Employment Positions:

  • Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin LLP, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Associate, 2007 – 2008
  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, Associate, New York, New York, 2005 – 2007

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