Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Florida Chapter
Justin M. Pearson is the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Florida Chapter (IJ-FL), which he joined in 2012. IJ-FL engages in cutting-edge constitutional litigation in the areas of economic liberty, free speech, private property rights, educational choice and other liberties secured by the U.S. and Florida Constitutions.
Justin has litigated cases since he became an attorney in 2002. Early on, Justin dedicated his career to defending the rights of entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2006, he became a business owner himself, forming his own law practice primarily focused on representing small business owners. Through this experience, Justin regularly witnessed the devastating effects of misguided local bureaucrats and unnecessarily cumbersome regulations. These experiences eventually resulted in Justin’s decision to join IJ, even though that meant closing the successful practice he had worked hard to build.
Justin obtained his undergraduate degree in business management with a concentration in finance from North Carolina State University in 1999. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. While in law school, Justin was the research and writing editor for the University of Miami Business Law Review, clerked for Miami Circuit Judge Gerald D. Hubbart, authored “The U.S./Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement: Another Step in the Right Direction,” which was published in the Spring 2002 edition of the University of Miami Business Law Review, was a research assistant for a law school professor and clerked for a Brickell Avenue commercial litigation firm. In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, Justin is a member of the federal trial bars of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida and Northern District of Florida.