Justin M. L. Stern


  • Justin M. L. Stern
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  • Duane Morris LLP
    201 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3400
    Miami, FL 33131-4325

Justin M. L. Stern is a member of the firm's Trial Practice Group as well as the Cannabis industry group and focuses primarily on commercial litigation and regulatory compliance.

Mr. Stern is a 2018 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, where he was online editor of the University of Miami Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif, and a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 

Representative Matters

  • Obtained full dismissal of breach of contract and civil trespass claims brought against a publicly traded telecommunications service provider arising from the alleged misplacement of certain underground fiber optic cables.
  • Advised a private credit asset management firm on cannabis-related regulatory matters in connection with its provision of a revolving credit facility to support the capital needs of a publicly traded supplier to businesses in the cannabis industry.
  • Counsel to an aromatherapy and essential oils products manufacturer in connection with the company’s entry into the cannabidiol (CBD) market.
  • Obtained full dismissal of federal and state law discrimination and wage-related claims brought against the CEO of a publicly traded Fortune 500 company.
  • Provide state-specific, cannabis-related regulatory advice to a global cannabinoid company with international production and distribution capabilities.


  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2018
    - Order of the Coif
    - Online Editor, University of Miami Law Review
  • Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2014
    - Phi Beta Kappa


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2018-present

Professional Activities

  • Federal Bar Association, 2019-present

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Cannabis Banking/Finance Regulatory Issues," South Florida Compliance Association, February 11, 2019
  • Speaker, "Cannabis Issues in Commercial Real Estate," 2019 NAI Florida Forum, November 14, 2019
  • Presenter, "A Look into the World of Cannabis and Hemp," Florida International University, December 11, 2019

  • Presenter, "Cannabis 204: The Roundup of State Cannabis Legislation," Duane Morris Cannabis Webinar Series, August 20, 2019

  • Presenter, "Possession, Custody, or Control Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 34: Implications of Interpretation," Miami, FL, April 12, 2019