Justin B. Aronson is a seasoned trial attorney and Partner resident in the Firm’s Easton, Maryland office. Justin has extensive experience with all manner of complex commercial litigation, including construction litigation, medical device/pharmaceutical products liability defense, municipal litigation, and land use and zoning matters. He has worked closely with banks involved in participated or syndicated loan disputes, and regularly represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors in all different types of construction disputes, including mechanic’s liens, bid protests, delay and differing site conditions claims, equitable adjustment and change order claims as well as suits involving sureties. Justin has also negotiated and drafted dozens of AIA contracts on behalf of owners and general contractors, and is adept at tailoring these agreements to a specific client’s needs. Mr. Aronson also maintains a small, boutique family law practice where he concentrates on divorce and child custody matters.
Justin began his career as a Summer Associate with Coon & Cole, LLC before joining the Firm full-time as an Associate in 2008. In 2011, Justin and his family moved to Orlando, Florida, where Justin worked as an Associate for six years with the global law firm Greenberg Traurig (GT). While with GT, Justin worked on a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including representations involving a major tobacco manufacturer, several large medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, a number of Fortune 100 companies, as well as owners, developers and general contractors in various construction litigation matters. Upon returning to Maryland in 2017, Justin practiced with Funk & Bolton, P.A., working predominantly with the firm’s family law practice. Justin returned to Coon & Cole in 2019 as a Partner and opened the Firm’s Easton office.
Justin is well versed in all phases of litigation, from pre-suit advising of clients through post-trial appeals and collection of judgments. He has sat first- or second-chair during numerous trials, and has worked on countless case teams involved in prosecuting or defending against multimillion-dollar “bet-the-company” cases.
Justin is a 2008 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, where he served as a Research Assistant to Legal Research and Writing Professor Richard S. Risman. He is also the author of Lessons for the United Kingdom: How Registration and Prospectus Requirements Have Inhibited Condo-Hotel Investment Offerings, 35 Syr. J. Int’l Law & Com. 95 (2007). Since 2012, Justin has served on the Board of Directors of The Assistance Fund, a national non-profit patient assistance organization that ranked No. 43 on Forbes 2020 Top 100 Charities List. Justin resides in Easton, Maryland with his wife and their two children. In his free time, he enjoys golf, cycling and spending time with his children.
- Emory University, B.A., Economics, 2004
- Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 2008
- Supreme Court of Maryland, 2008
- Florida Supreme Court, 2011
- U.S. District Court (District of Maryland), 2009
- U.S. District Court (Middle District of Florida), 2012
Memberships & Associations
- Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law, Construction Law & Family Law Sections
- Talbot County Bar Association
- The Assistance Fund, Member, Board of Directors
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Lessons for the United Kingdom: How Registration and Prospectus Requirements Have Inhibited Condo-Hotel Investment Offerings, 35 Syr. J. Int’l Law & Com. 95 (2007)
Awards & Accolades
- Best Lawyers®: Best Lawyers in America 2024 for Construction Law
Represented a subcontractor in a mechanic's lien action as second-chair at trial, resulting in an award in favor of the subcontractor which was affirmed per curiam on appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
Represented an insurance broker as first-chair trial counsel in obtaining an award on his behalf for breach of an oral contract and various other claims relating to his former business partners’ attempted misappropriation of the client's book of business.
Represented several community banks in litigation against other banks arising out of participated or syndicated loans.
Served as the only associate on a case team in an action involving the representation of a bond insurer on breach of contract and related claims against a third-party property management company, which was resolved in favor of the client during the fifth week of a jury trial for a sum in excess of $50 million. º
Assisted with the representation of a general contractor that built a natural gas processing facility in a AAA arbitration proceeding. Defeated the Owner’s $40 Million claim for summary judgment stemming from the facility’s alleged subsidence into the ground during and after construction; also obtained summary judgment on behalf of the GC on its $26 Million counter-claim for contract payments wrongfully withheld by Owner. º
Assisted a case team in the representation of a major national retailer, helping the client obtain statewide preliminary and permanent injunctions prohibiting the unlawful protesting activities of several organizations. º
Assisted a case team in obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of a medical device manufacturer client from litigation featuring a number of medical products liability claims in the reported decision of McClelland v. Medtronic, Inc., 944 F.Supp. 2d 1193 (M.D. Fla. May 16, 2013). º
Assisted a team of attorneys from another law firm in obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of a medical device manufacturer client from litigation featuring a number of medical products liability claims in the unreported decision of Stokes v. I-Flow Corp., 2013 WL 1715427 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 8, 2013). º
Represented an automobile dealer as first-chair trial counsel in obtaining an award of treble damages under a UCC "cover" theory of damages in a suit against a company contracted to deliver a large electronic video billboard display signage. º
Served as lead counsel for a trust in the enforcement of its judgment against its disgraced former trustee for breach of fiduciary duty, resulting in a favorable settlement for the trust.
Drafted and argued numerous motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment on behalf of various clients.
Assisted numerous clients with various collections matters.
°The above representations were handled by Mr. Aronson during his tenure with firms other than Coon & Cole, LLC.
Justin is always true to his word, doing everything he says he will in an extremely timely way. He is unfailingly available, promptly returning all emails and texts. He explains in detail where our case stands and patiently decodes "legalese" terms. Most of all, he cares about us sincerely, and demonstrates compassion.
Sam & Rosann
Justin has been very supportive and on point with my legal issues. He's taken the time to understand my needs and requirements and put them into action. He's super responsive – normally hear from him that same day or even sooner when I reach out to him. He's down to earth and easy to talk to. I also think he's one of the smartest lawyers in practice. He's been extremely fair in all of this as well. I highly recommend him and the entire Coon and Cole law firm
Mr. Aronson represented both my business and me personally. He was always expertly prepared and ready for each event. He is extremely knowledgeable of the law. His preparation and counsel led to a good outcome. Highly recommend.