Justin Antonipillai is a partner in the firm's Litigation practice group. He has been recognized repeatedly for his success on behalf of, and loyalty to, his clients. The Washington Business Journal recently named Mr. Antonipillai to its list of "Top 40 Business People Under 40," recognizing his significant victories and pro bono work. Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Antonipillai one of the "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40," and Lawdragon recognized him as one of the 500 "New Stars, New Worlds."
Mr. Antonipillai concentrates on commercial and bankruptcy litigation, securities litigation and enforcement, appellate matters, accountant liability cases, director and officer liability matters, and white-collar criminal defense.
He has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels of both state and federal courts, before congressional committees, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC), and state public accounting bodies. Mr. Antonipillai also has experience handling matters governed by the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), and he holds a top-secret (TS-SCI) national security clearance.
Mr. Antonipillai has focused on the representation of private equity funds, investment firms, and real estate investments trusts (REITs). He has represented investment firms in commercial litigation, securities enforcement matters, successor liability matters, employment litigation, and bankruptcy/reorganization litigation.
In 2010, Mr. Antonipillai was appointed Senior Advisor to Senator Carte P. Goodwin of West Virginia. During Senator Goodwin's term in the Senate, Mr. Antonipillai advised him on matters relating to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senate Budget Committee, and Senate Rules Committee, in addition to other matters that came before the Senate. Mr. Antonipillai rejoined Arnold & Porter in November 2010.
Private Equity/Investment Firm Litigation
Securities Enforcement and Litigation
Mr. Antonipillai has represented clients in connection with some of the largest securities litigation and enforcement matters in the country. Among other things, Mr. Antonipillai has served as, counsel for certain defendants in the following complex securities class actions and derivative actions involving accounting, financial reporting, corporate governance and fiduciary and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) issues:
In addition, Mr. Antonipillai has:
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation
In addition, Mr. Antonipillai has practiced extensively as lead counsel in matters before the United States Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
For example, Mr. Antonipillai served as lead appellate (appointed) counsel in United States v. Moussaoui, No 06-4494, the appeal that arose out of the conviction and sentence of Zacarias Moussaoui in the Eastern District of Virginia related to the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Antonipillai's representation of Mr. Moussaoui was covered extensively, including in The New York Times.
Since 2001, Mr. Antonipillai has appeared on brief in many cases and has argued a number of appeals, including:
Mr. Antonipillai has also litigated extensively before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, DC Circuit, and Federal Circuit, and the DC Court of Appeals.
Mr. Antonipillai has dedicated a significant part of his practice donating his time to clients in need. Among other things, Mr. Antonipillai started a clinic that helps those in need in appellate matters, and in the last six years, the clinic has handled dozens of matters, winning important cases in criminal, prisoner civil rights, habeas, and social security cases. Mr. Antonipillai has supervised dozens of matters, and has personally handled a number of others, including several jury trials. His efforts have been cited in a number of publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and Washingtonian magazine.
Washington Business Journal's "40 Under 40" 2010
Lawdragon 500 “New Stars, New Worlds” 2006
Washingtonian's "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" 2006