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JUSTIN ESSA ZAYID

Attorney At Law

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Sept. 2016Present

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Associate
  • National trial and appellate practice in the litigation fields of product liability, medical device, commercial, automobile negligence, trucking, premises liability, toxic tort and general negligence.
  • Member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion committee. 
  • Draft pleadings, discovery motions, dispositive motions, witness lists and jury instructions.
  • Attend status conferences, pre-trial conferences, motion hearings, depositions, mediations and case evaluations.
  • Conduct research and draft memoranda on issues such as corporate personal jurisdiction, choice of law issues, venue transfers, no-fault statutes, product liability statutes, premises liability, and state/federal evidentiary rules.
  • Representative clients include BMW, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Yamaha, Globus Medical, JoAnn Stores, Takata, Westinghouse, MASCO, Kress Corp., and Tuthill.
Aug. 2015Dec. 2015

United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan

Legal Extern
  • Assigned to the General Crimes Unit (GCU).
  • Contributed to sentencing memoranda, legal research, and various court filings including responses to motions to suppress.
  • Conducted ticket duty hearings and negotiated plea agreements with several defense attorneys before the court.
  • Observed duty court, criminal trials, and sentencing hearings.
Jan. 2015May 2015

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Judicial Extern
  • Drafted bench memoranda on issues such as Social Security disability, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 42 1983 civil rights actions, and several felony sentences.
  • Observed oral arguments, sentencing, pretrial conferences, and civil and criminal trial proceedings.
April 2014Aug. 2014

Bodman PLC

Summer Associate
  • Contributed to assignments in several industries including litigation, banking, IP and enterprise procurement. 
  • Conducted research and drafted legal memoranda on various issues including tortious interference, ERISA compliance, asbestos regulation, third party beneficiary law, state borrowing statutes, and injunctions.
  • Contributed to two pro bono cases including a Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) re-sentencing case.
April 2012August 2013

The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, PLLC

Legal Intern
  • Assisted in trial preparation by conducting client interviews, analyzing deposition testimony and summarizing medical records.
  • Researched Michigan No Fault law and drafted internal memoranda.

Education

Aug. 2013May 2016

Wayne State University Law School - Detroit, Michigan

Juris Doctor

GPA:                   3.72

Class Rank:       14/131 (Top 10%)

Law Review:     Executive Board, Symposium Editor, Wayne Law Review

Honors:             Dean’s Scholar, Full Scholarship Award, 2015 & 2016

                           Summer Clerkship Recipient, Wolverine Bar Association

                           Semi-Finalist, 2014 & 2015 Mock Trial Competitions

Activities:         Senior Member, Wayne Law Mock Trial

                           Executive Board, Middle Eastern Law Student Association      

                           Member, Criminal Law Society

Aug. 2009 May 2013

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Honors:               James B. Angell Scholar

                             Certificate in Arab American Studies

Activities:           Kappa Alpha Pi, Pre-Law Fraternity

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