Justin W. Aimonetti
Associate | Washington, D.C.
Justin W. Aimonetti

Justin W. Aimonetti is an associate in Dechert’s trials, investigations, and securities group, focusing on trial and appellate matters and advising clients on complex legal issues. Mr. Aimonetti has experience representing individuals and corporations in federal court, as well as in numerous federal agencies and state courts. His experience touches on all parts of the litigation process.

Mr. Aimonetti has published numerous law review articles on a wide range of subjects. His scholarship has appeared in the Virginia Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Stanford Law Review Online, the Pepperdine Law Review, and many other journals and reviews. Mr. Aimonetti has received several awards for his legal scholarship.

Before joining Dechert, Mr. Aimonetti served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Carl J. Nichols on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and as a summer adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. In law school, Mr. Aimonetti contributed as an Articles Editor on the Virginia Law Review and participated in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

  • Represented Americans For Tax Reform in an effort to obtain Supreme Court review of a Ninth Circuit decision upholding a wealth tax against a constitutional challenge under the Sixteenth Amendment. See Charles G. Moore, et al., v. United States, No. 22-800 (2023).
  • Represented 43 United States Senators in a statutory and constitutional challenge to President Biden’s Student Loan Cancellation Program before the United States Supreme Court. See Department of Education, et al., v. Myra Brown, et al., No. 22-535 (2023).
  • Represented the American Action Forum in a matter involving the Communications Decency Act before the United States Supreme Court. See Reynaldo Gonzalez, et al., v. Google LLC, No. 21-1333 (2023).
  • Represented a former Deutsche Bank commodities trader in a matter involving the wire fraud statute and the Speedy Trial Act before the United States Supreme Court. See James Vorley v. United States, No. 22-402 (2022).
  • Represented the Competitive Enterprise Institute in a Freedom of Information Act request before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. See Competitive Enterprise Institute v. Gina McCarthy, et al., No. 21-1238 (D.D.C. 2022).
  • Represented Walmart in a matter involving the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. See Center For Inquiry, Inc., v. Walmart, Inc., No. 20-392 (D.C. 2022).
  • Represented the American Free Chamber of Commerce in an effort to persuade the Supreme Court to overrule Chevron deference. See Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, No. 22-451 (2023).
  • Represented the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America in an effort to obtain the Fifth Circuit’s affirmance of an order finding unconstitutional particular enforcement proceedings undertaken by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. See Cornelius Campbell Burgess v. Jennifer Whang, et al., No. 22-11172 (5th Cir. 2023).
  • Article III and Alternative Holdings, 61 U. Louisville L. Rev. 455 (2023)
  • The Bigger Issue Looming In High Court Identity Theft Case, Law360 (2023)
  • Holmes v. Walton and its Enduring Lessons for Originalism, 106 Marquette L. Rev. 73 (2022)
  • Voigt Deference: Deferring to a State Agency’s Interpretation of a Federal Regulation, 106 Minn. L. Rev. Headnotes 100 (2021)
  • Race, Ramos, and the Second Amendment Standard of Review, 107 Va. L. Rev. Online 193 (2021)
  • The Founders’ Multi-Purpose Chief Justice: The English Origins of the American Chief Justiceship, 124 W. Va. L. Rev. 1 (2021)
  • Derivative Immunity as Savior from State Actor Status, 34 Regent Univ. L. Rev. 107 (2021)
  • Religion as Sword, but Not as Shield: Rectifying the Estrangement of Environmentalism and Religious Liberty, 22 Vermont J. of Env’t. L. 1 (2021)
  • How Two Rights Made a Wrong: Sullivan, Anti-SLAPP, and the Under-enforcement of Public Figure Defamation Torts, 130 Yale L.J. Forum 708 (2021)
  • Religious Exemptions as Rational Social Policy, 55 U. Rich. L. Rev. Online 25 (2021)
  • What’s the Buzz About Standing, 89 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 175 (2020)
  • Confining Custody, 53 Creighton L. Rev. 509 (2020)
  • ‘Magic Words’ and Original Understanding: An Amplified Clear Statement Rule to Abrogate Tribal Sovereign Immunity, 2020 Pepp. L. Rev. 1 (2020)
  • Colonial Virginia: The Intellectual Incubator of Judicial Review, 106 Va. L. Rev. 765 (2020)
  • Second Guessing Double Jeopardy: The Stare Decisis Factors as Proxy Tools for Original Correctness, 61 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. Online 35 (2020)
  • Disciplining the “Disruptive” Student Heckler, 72 Rutgers U. L. Rev. Commentaries 101 (2019)
  • Game Changer: Why and How Congress Should Preempt State Student-Athlete Compensation Regimes, 72 Stanford L. Rev. Online 28 (2019)
  • Assisted a client obtain rent relief for housing code violations in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia’s Landlord and Tenant Branch. See Skyline Apartments v. Sykeshia Richardson, 2022-LTB-00465 (2023).
  • Briefed and argued a Ninth Circuit matter on behalf of the appellee in a case that involved questions of agency law and mental capacity stemming from a principal’s direction to change his retirement and life insurance benefits. See Bonnie Huizenga v. Dominik Spang, No. 20-17515 (9th Cir. 2023).
  • Represented various community groups in an effort to intervene to ensure that the United States enforces federal law and prohibits the opening of drug-consumption sites in the City of Philadelphia. See United States v. Safehouse, et al., No. 19-0519 (E.D. Pa. 2023).
  • Represented several Professors of Law and Politics from three New Jersey Universities in an effort to obtain Supreme Court review of a Third Circuit decision upholding New Jersey’s so-called Slogan Statutes against a constitutional challenge under the First Amendment. See Eugene Mazo, et al., v. New Jersey Secretary of State, et al., No. 22-1033 (2023).
    • Columbia University, B.A., History and Political Science, 2017, cum laude, NCAA Division 1 Columbia Football Team (four-year letterwinner)
    • University of Virginia, M.A., American Legal History, 2020
    • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2020, Order of the Coif, Karsh-Dillard Scholarship, Virginia Law Review Articles Editor, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
    • District of Columbia
    • Maryland
    • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • United States Court of International Trade
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton
    • United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Honorable Carl J. Nichols