Justin N. Pentz is an associate in the litigation department and focuses his practice on mass torts and product liability, antitrust, and consumer fraud matters.
Mr. Pentz has experience representing a variety of corporate clients in class action and multi-district proceedings in federal court, as well as class actions and individual claims in various state courts around the country. As part of the representation of a major telecommunications company, Mr. Pentz prepared briefing that resulted in the dismissal of a nationwide consumer fraud class action claim under Pennsylvania's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. Mr. Pentz is also a key member of the Dechert team currently defending a large pharmaceutical company against claims under RICO and deceptive trade practice and consumer fraud statutes in virtually every state in the country. As part of that team, Mr. Pentz has taken a lead in preparing briefing in numerous jurisdictions challenging plaintiffs' claims.
Mr. Pentz also has experience supervising large-scale discovery, including dealing with e-discovery issues. He has coordinated the collection and production of paper and electronic documents from sites around the country and managed teams of attorneys in various discovery activities. Mr. Pentz also has interviewed and worked with key company employees as part of internal investigations and case development in preparation for litigation.
In addition to the above, Mr. Pentz is a trained mediator and ran a pro bono mediation program during law school. Mr. Pentz is active in pro bono matters, including the successful settlement and resolution of numerous claims of abuse against prisoners in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Pentz took numerous depositions of prison officials and engaged in extensive motion practice, which eventually led to a favorable settlement. As a result of this representation, Mr. Pentz, along with other members of the team, received Dechert's Samuel E. Klein Pro Bono award, which recognizes exceptional commitment to providing pro bono legal services.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A.B., 2004
Rutgers School of Law - Camden, J.D., 2007, with high honors, Lead Notes and Casenotes Editor of the Rutgers Law Journal
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania