Meet Justin Dolan

Principal Attorney

Justin is a proud Dad to an 11-year-old son, who keeps him busy with all sorts of activities, whether it be paintball, go-karts, soccer, swimming, archery, Monopoly, taking trips, or simply chilling out watching their favorite TV shows and movies. Being a divorced Dad gives Justin a unique perspective for family law because he can identify with what clients are going through, and because he understands how fraught these situations can be.

Justin’s lifelong commitment to service also makes him well suited for family law. As it says on the home page, the firm’s core belief is people first. This core belief is not just a theory. We have to live it, and the best way to live it is by being of service to others. That’s why service has always been one of Justin’s priorities.

Last fall, he helped The Woodlands Bar Association promote literacy among school-age children by reading to them as part of Lamar Elementary’s Read for a Better Life event.

In his spare time, Justin has been a regular delivery driver for Meals on Wheels, taking lunches to seniors and other homebound people who are unable to get food.

In 2021, he spent Christmas Eve with hundreds of other volunteers at Houston’s Super Feast, an annual undertaking to distribute holiday meals and new toys to underprivileged families at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

He also volunteers for TLAP and is active in the 12-step community.  

Justin’s service commitments extend into his professional activities. Recognizing the vital role of pro bono work in the legal profession, he has devoted a substantial amount of time to it over the course of his career.

Last year alone, Justin devoted more than 150 hours to pro bono work in Texas as a volunteer attorney for the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Pro Bono Committee.

Before he lived in Texas, he helped a youth-advocacy group obtain a ruling from the Washington Supreme Court that judges could not use their contempt powers to detain runaway foster children. He also played a key role on a pro bono litigation team that prevailed in a class action against a local county for operating an unconstitutional public-defense system.

Justin brings the accomplished résumé of a seasoned litigator to his family law practice. He has over two decades of experience representing Fortune 500 companies, large nonprofit hospitals, state and local governments, and everyday folks in a wide range of substantive matters, including family law, commercial litigation, employment law, malpractice, and personal injury. He has practiced in federal and state trial courts across the country and appeared before an assortment of local, state, and federal administrative agencies. Justin has presented cases, arguments, and briefing to the Texas, Wyoming, and Washington Supreme Courts, the Ninth Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and the intermediate appellate courts in both Washington and Texas.

His love of learning, his lifelong curiosity, and his academic interests have also shaped his career. A summa cum laude graduate, Justin earned numerous academic scholarships in law school, served on law review, and ranked first in his class in evidence, legal writing, contracts, and federal courts. His academic achievements coupled with his legal experience eventually led to a three-year position as a full-time professor for the country’s top-ranked legal writing program. He earned rave reviews from students for his overall teaching ability and for being someone who is “personable, genuinely cares, and has an innate ability to connect with his students.”

In sum, Justin’s ability to empathize, his abiding commitment to service, and his diverse and extensive legal background uniquely position him to provide clients with the highest level of care, service, and legal representation.