Justin M. L. Stern


  • Justin M. L. Stern
  • Phone: +1 305 960 2209
    Fax: +1 305 675 3868

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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

    Cannabis and Regulatory

  • Regulatory counsel to an aromatherapy and essential oils products manufacturer in relation to the company’s entry into the hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) market.
  • Regulatory counsel to underwriter in connection with an At the Market (ATM) offering by a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development of innovative cancer treatments.
  • Provide state-specific medical and adult use marijuana regulatory advice to vertically integrated licensee.
  • Counsel to multi-state vertically integrated marijuana operator in connection with facility licensing matters.
  • Provided state-specific regulatory advice on the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of CBD products to publicly traded international cannabinoid company.
  • 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.
  • Commercial Litigation

  • Counsel to publicly traded transportation and logistics conglomerate in civil litigation involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • 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.


  • 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, "Risks Associated With Cannabis Banking," South Florida Compliance Association, February 11, 2020
  • Speaker, "Cannabis Issues in Commercial Real Estate," 6th Annual NAI Florida & Caribbean Conference, Intercontinental Miami, Miami, Florida, November 14-15, 2019
  • Speaker, "Overview of New Federal Rules on Hemp Production and Q&A," Duane Morris and American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp, Webinar, November 6, 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