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Justin Torres is a member of King & Spalding’s Appellate, Constitutional and Administrative Law practice. His practice focuses on appellate and administrative and on preparing dispositive motions in complex trial matters. Justin has represented parties and amici in high-stakes civil and criminal matters in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeal, and state supreme courts. Justin has especially deep expertise in cases involving challenges to federal agency action on constitutional grounds and under the Administrative Procedure Act. Has has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in Washington, D.C.

Justin earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law & Politics. After law school, he clerked for Judge Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Justin is a member of the National Alumni Board of the University of Dallas and serves on the board of The Legacy Mission, a non-profit that assists the critically ill in producing high-quality video memoirs.

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Credentials

J.D., University of Virginia

B.A., English, University of Dallas, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Virginia

Law Clerk, Edith Brown Clement, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Law Clerk, Kurt D. Engelhardt, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Matters

Represent a major independent oil and gas company in groundbreaking climate change suits for public nuisance brought by cities and counties in California and New York. 

Filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of two U.S. Senators, regarding the scope of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act and the Appointments Clause.

Provided critical legal analysis on federal jurisdictional and Rule 23 issues for a vehicle manufacturer subject to a Clean Air Act enforcement action and multiple private and public suits arising from installation of a “defeat device.”

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Represent a major independent oil and gas company in groundbreaking climate change suits for public nuisance brought by cities and counties in California and New York. 

Filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of two U.S. Senators, regarding the scope of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act and the Appointments Clause.

Provided critical legal analysis on federal jurisdictional and Rule 23 issues for a vehicle manufacturer subject to a Clean Air Act enforcement action and multiple private and public suits arising from installation of a “defeat device.”

Lead counsel defending, on both substantive and constitutional standing grounds, a group of federal Cabinet agencies and their respective heads in a broad challenge to federal energy policy as it relates to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Successfully challenged a claims administrator’s interpretation of the terms of a multi-billion dollar mass tort settlement, preventing tens of millions of dollars in improper payments to the settlement class.

Successfully defended federal agency action in permitting oil, gas, and mineral extraction in western natural gas formations, the Alaskan outrange, and the Pacific seabed.

Successfully challenged the jurisdiction of a federal court to grant injunctive relief to remedy decades-old violations of the Clean Air Act.

Represented an energy production client in defending against gross negligence and deliberate indifference claims under the Clean Water Act.

Represented property owners in challenging, on administrative and state and federal constitutional grounds, land use regulations that prohibited the reconstruction of coastal structures destroyed by a hurricane.

Matters

Represent a major independent oil and gas company in groundbreaking climate change suits for public nuisance brought by cities and counties in California and New York. 

Filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of two U.S. Senators, regarding the scope of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act and the Appointments Clause.

Provided critical legal analysis on federal jurisdictional and Rule 23 issues for a vehicle manufacturer subject to a Clean Air Act enforcement action and multiple private and public suits arising from installation of a “defeat device.”

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Matters

Represent a major independent oil and gas company in groundbreaking climate change suits for public nuisance brought by cities and counties in California and New York. 

Filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of two U.S. Senators, regarding the scope of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act and the Appointments Clause.

Provided critical legal analysis on federal jurisdictional and Rule 23 issues for a vehicle manufacturer subject to a Clean Air Act enforcement action and multiple private and public suits arising from installation of a “defeat device.”

Lead counsel defending, on both substantive and constitutional standing grounds, a group of federal Cabinet agencies and their respective heads in a broad challenge to federal energy policy as it relates to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Successfully challenged a claims administrator’s interpretation of the terms of a multi-billion dollar mass tort settlement, preventing tens of millions of dollars in improper payments to the settlement class.

Successfully defended federal agency action in permitting oil, gas, and mineral extraction in western natural gas formations, the Alaskan outrange, and the Pacific seabed.

Successfully challenged the jurisdiction of a federal court to grant injunctive relief to remedy decades-old violations of the Clean Air Act.

Represented an energy production client in defending against gross negligence and deliberate indifference claims under the Clean Water Act.

Represented property owners in challenging, on administrative and state and federal constitutional grounds, land use regulations that prohibited the reconstruction of coastal structures destroyed by a hurricane.

Credentials

J.D., University of Virginia

B.A., English, University of Dallas, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Virginia

Law Clerk, Edith Brown Clement, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Law Clerk, Kurt D. Engelhardt, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana