Justin H. Dion

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Justin H. Dion

Of Counsel
Location:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Phone:
413-693-2787
Fax:
413-739-7740
Email:

"Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and they get in over their heads unintentionally. My psychology background helps me counsel my clients and provides a basis for me to guide people who are acting on an emotional rather than the logical level. My goal is to provide rational and reasonable solutions, calm unreasonable fears and put my clients at ease so that I can help them overcome difficult times."

Justin is a general practitioner who specializes in business and financial matters. In addition to handling Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies, he also does financial planning, conducts foreclosures, and handles collection matters for lenders, as well as family law and real estate.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy & Reorganization
  • Business & Corporate
  • Real Estate & Zoning
  • Domestic Relations & Family

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Mediator

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2001
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2000
    • Honors: CALI Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure
    • Honors: CALI Award for Excellence in Trusts and Estates
    • Honors: CALI Award for Excellence in Jurisprudence
    • Honors: Law Review Scribes Committee, Chair, 1998
    • Honors: Student Bar Association, Member of Scholarship Committee
    • Law Review: Western New England Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1999 - 2000
    • Law Review: Western New England Law Review, Junior Staff Member, 1998 - 1999
  • Southern Connecticut State University
    • Master of Arts - 1997
    • Major: Psychology
  • Southern Connecticut State University
    • Bachelor of Science cum laude - 1996
    • Honors: Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2012 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars, February 21, 2013
  • Ten Misconceptions about: Bankruptcy, BusinessWest, March 16, 2009
  • "Means Test" or "Just a Mean Test": An Examination of the Requirement That Converted Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Debtors Comply With Amended Section 707(B), American Bankruptcy Institute, March 9, 2009
  • Dollars and Sense - How to Negotiate a Pre-foreclosure Workout Agreement, Business to Business, November 14, 2007
  • Forestalling Foreclosures - Is There a Solution to This Regional and National Problem?, BusinessWest, September 21, 2007
  • Calm Before the Storm - Dealing with Secured Lenders When Times Become Tough, BusinessWest, December 1, 2006
  • Timing is Everything-or Is It? - Cortez Challenges the "Snapshot" Approach to Analyzing Abuse Pursuant to 11 USC - 707(b), American Bankruptcy Institute, November 17, 2006
  • The New Bankruptcy Law: Assessing The Law's Impact on Women, Massachusetts Bar Institute, October 18, 2006
  • Good News for Landlords - Bankruptcy Law Revisions Make it Easier to Evict, BusinessWest, May 15, 2006
  • Choose Your Entity, BusinessWest, October 5, 2005
  • Light at the End of the Tunnel - Often, Bankruptcy Isn't the End, but the Beginning - of a Turnaround, BusinessWest, August 25, 2003

Classes/Seminars

  • Seminar, Ninth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference November 16, 2010
  • Seminar, Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference October 6, 2009
  • Contributor, Bankruptcy Bits
  • Lecturer, Hampden County Bar Association's Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force, February 2009
  • eBook Author, Seeking Bankruptcy Assistance in Western Massachusetts? Your top 12 personal bankruptcy questions answered., 2008
  • Guest Speaker, Taxes & Assets, WHMP Radio, July 21, 2007
  • Published Decision, In re Crocker _B.R._ 1st Cir. BAP (Mass) 2007
  • Lecturer, Fifth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Law Conference, October 2006
  • Co-Author, Who Is Your Client? Ethical Considerations Potential Counsel Must Consider, Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, August 6, 2005
  • Published Decision: In re Holyoke Nursing Home, Inc., 372 F3rd 1 (Mass) 2004
  • In RE: Desroches, John V. et al 21, represented lender and successfully defeated Homestead claim to validate mortgage, 03-44855HJB, 2004 WL 1949739 (Bank D. Mass. August 31, 2004)
  • Prosecutorial Discrimination or Contract Theory Restrictions? - The Implications of Allowing Judicial Review of Prosecutorial Discretion Founded on Underlying Contract Principles, 22 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 149 (2000)

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, SuperLawyers Rising Star Award Boston Magazine, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer Rising Star" in Boston Magazine, 2010
  • Recipient, Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award, June 18, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hampden County Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee, Chair
  • Square One, Member, Board of Directors
  • Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation, Member, Board of Directors
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Hampshire County Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Past Employment Positions

  • Notary Public

Pro Bono Activities

  • Teacher, Bankruptcy, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA, 2008
  • Teacher, Non-Profit Business Law, Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, MA, 2008
  • Teacher, Introduction to Law, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA , 2004-present
  • Teacher, Real Estate Law, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA, 2003-present
  • Teacher, Business Law, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA, 2003 and 2007
  • Teacher, Torts, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA, 2006
  • Teacher, Trusts and Estates, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA, 2006
  • Volunteer, United Way Funds Allocation Panel
  • Volunteer, Dial-A-Lawyer, Western New England School of Law
  • Team Coordinator, American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Youth Soccer Coach, Longmeadow, MA
  • Youth Coach, Brookside Soccer Club in Springfield, MA

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Education

  • Western New England College School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2000
  • Southern Connecticut State University, Master of Arts in Psychology, 1997
  • Southern Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Cum Laude, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Awards, Achievements & Appointments

Professional & Community Activities

  • Chair: Hampden County Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee
  • Complete teaching profile
  • Teach: Bankruptcy (Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA) 2008
  • Teach:Non-Profit Business Law (Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, MA) 2008
  • Teach: Introduction to Law (Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA ) 2004-present
  • Teach: Real Estate Law (Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA) 2003-present
  • Teach: Business Law (Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA) 2003 and 2007
  • Teach: Torts (Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA) 2006
  • Teach: Trusts and Estates (Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA) 2006
  • Member: Board of Directors, Square One
  • Member: Board of Directors, Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation
  • Volunteer: United Way Funds Allocation Panel
  • Volunteer: Dial-A-Lawyer, Western New England School of Law
  • Team Coordinator: American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Youth Soccer Coach: Longmeadow, MA
  • Youth Coach: Brookside Soccer Club in Springfield, MA

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Hampshire County Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Seminar: Ninth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference November 16, 2010

Seminar: Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference October 6, 2009

Contributer: Bankruptcy Bits

Lecturer: Hampden County Bar Association's Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force, February 2009

eBook Author: Seeking Bankruptcy Assistance in Western Massachusetts? Your top 12 personal bankruptcy questions answered ., 2008

Guest Speaker: Taxes & Assets, WHMP Radio, July 21, 2007

Published Decision, In re Crocker _B.R._ 1st Cir. BAP (Mass) 2007

Lecturer: Fifth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Law Conference, October 2006

Co-Author: Who Is Your Client? Ethical Considerations Potential Counsel Must Consider, Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, August 6, 2005

Published Decision: In re Holyoke Nursing Home, Inc., 372 F3rd 1 (Mass) 2004

In RE: Desroches, John V. et al 21, represented lender and successfully defeated Homestead claim to validate mortgage, 03-44855HJB, 2004 WL 1949739 (Bank D. Mass. August 31, 2004)

Prosecutorial Discrimination or Contract Theory Restrictions? - The Implications of Allowing Judicial Review of Prosecutorial Discretion Founded on Underlying Contract Principles, 22 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 149 (2000)