Justin Ormand

Justin Ormand

Senior Counsel

Justin represents clients facing commercial litigation, from providing strategic pre-dispute advice through trial.

He has over 15 years of experience representing clients in an array of matters, including commercial contract disputes, corporate governance litigation, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, shareholder derivative actions, antitrust litigation, and securities fraud suits. These disputes arise out of many client sectors, including banking, private equity, real estate, consumer products, and heavy manufacturing.

Justin has represented clients in litigation before state and federal courts across the country, and before various arbitral bodies. His practice is cross-broader, and he has a wide range of experience representing foreign companies in U.S. litigations and handling matters with parallel civil and regulatory proceedings abroad. He maintains an active pro bono practice as well, serving on the firm’s pro bono committee, authoring numerous amicus briefs in proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court and Circuit Courts of Appeal, and representing individuals in contentious proceedings against governmental entities.



Representative matters

A private equity firm in litigation alleging fraudulent inducement into a merger. Secured dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage.

A consumer goods manufacturer in litigation arising under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, relating to alleged unlawful trafficking in property confiscated by the Cuban Government, twice securing recommendations that the case be dismissed.

The manager of a critical minerals company in litigation alleging share dilution in a take-private transaction. Secured dismissal at the pleading stage of the majority of claims and defendants.

International bank in litigation arising from foreign-sovereign-debt-linked derivatives transactions. Secured dismissal with prejudice on appeal.

Pro bono

Represented a domestic violence victim in contested divorce and child custody proceedings through settlement on eve of trial.

Represented a victim of police brutality through settlement on the first day of trial.

Drafted amicus briefs for non-profit organizations in connection with LGBT rights litigations in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.

Represented homeless families in litigation against the City of New York relating to the City's practices and procedures for admission of homeless families to shelter.

Published Work

  • “The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations,” Chapter on Parallel Civil Litigation: The U.S. Perspective, Global Investigations Review 2016 (Laura R. Hall, co-author)
  • “Commercial Litigation: International Series," Section of United States (pp. 519-528), Thomson Reuters, Second Edition, September 2015, (Andrew Rhys Davies, co-author)



Admitted to State Bar, New York, 2009

Admitted to United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2013


J.D., magna cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, 2008

B.M., summa cum laude, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, 2005

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.