Justin M. Baxter

Justin Baxter's practice focuses on consumer litigation with an emphasis on credit reporting and unlawful debt collection cases. He is the past chair of the Oregon State Bar Consumer Law Section, and currently the co-chair of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association's Consumer Protection Section.

Justin has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1999, and a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 2007. He received his J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where he was an associate editor on the Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law. In 2009, he received the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating ® for legal skill and ethics.

  • In 2007, he obtained a $200,000 verdict against Equifax for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.*
  • In 2010, he obtained a $95,000 verdict against TRS Home Furnishings for violations of the Oregon Unlawful Debt Collection Practices Act and related claims.
  • In 2010, he obtained a $100,000 verdict in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case.
  • In 2013, he obtained a verdict against Equifax for $18.5 million for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

*Verdicts not intended to be representative.

Outside of his law practice, Justin enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. He enjoys climbing and mountaineering, and includes Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams on his climb resume. He is an avid cyclist and triathlete having participated in the Pacific Crest Half Ironman and Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington
United States Tax Court
Oregon Supreme Court
Oregon Court of Appeals
Oregon Circuit Courts
Washington Supreme Court
Washington Court of Appeals
Washington Superior Courts
Washington District Courts

Legal Community

Co-Chair, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Consumer Protection Section, 2012
Chair, Oregon State Bar Consumer Law Section, 2005
Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates
Member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Multnomah Bar Association

Publications

Fair Credit Reporting Act, Consumer Law in Oregon (Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education, 2013)

Fair Credit Reporting Act, Consumer Law in Oregon (Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education, 2005)

Cause of Action for Credit Reporting Agency's Reporting Inaccurate or Incomplete Credit Information, 18 Causes of Action (Second) 1 (West Group, 2002)

Lectures

Case Valuation, National Consumer Law Center, November 2013

Compensatory and Punitive Damages, National Consumer Law Center, November 2013

Noneconomic and Punitive Damages, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, September 2013

Binding Arbitration, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, February 2013

Discovery in Fair Credit Reporting Act Cases, National Consumer Law Center, November 2012

Consumer Law for the Oregon Lawyer, Oregon State Bar, October 2012

Consumer Litigation, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, October 2012

Fair Debt Collection Law, Multnomah Bar Association, October 2012

Depositions in Fair Credit Reporting Act Cases, National Consumer Law Center, January 2012

Holding Collectors Accountable, National Consumer Law Center, November 2011

Fair Credit Reporting Act, Oregon Law Institute, October 2011

Fair Debt Collection Practices in Oregon, Oregon State Bar, October 2011

Damages in FDCPA Cases, National Consumer Law Center, March 2011

Credit Reporting Issues, Oregon State Bar Civil Rights & Consumer Law Sections, May 2010

Fair Debt Collection Laws, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, April 2010

Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gonzaga University, September 2009

Advanced Third Party Discovery in FCRA Cases, National Consumer Law Center, May 2009

Third Party Discovery in FCRA Cases, National Consumer Law Center, October 2008

Settlements and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: How Can a Settlement Affect a Debtor’s Consumer Credit Report, Oregon Legal Institute, March 2007

Primer on Consumer Protection Laws, OSB Oregon New Lawyers Division/Young Lawyers Section, Multomah Bar Ass'n, OSB Pro Bono Committee, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, April 2006

Overview of Consumer Protection Laws, OSB Consumer Law Section, November 2003

Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act, OSB Antitrust & Trade Section, July 2003

Primer on Consumer Law, Oregon Legal Institute, May 2001

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