Justin Dillon

jdillon@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 640-4427

A former Assistant United States Attorney, Justin Dillon now uses his years of litigation and investigative experience to defend clients in complex, high-stakes white-collar criminal and campus discipline cases.  Justin combines a meticulous approach to investigating the facts with a deep knowledge of criminal and administrative procedure to vigorously protect his clients’ futures and reputations.

Justin represents people in some of the toughest situations they will ever face. He has gained nationwide attention for his work representing students and professors in campus misconduct cases. While many of these cases are successfully resolved on campus, Justin is not afraid to take it all the way to court—and he is the first lawyer in the country to win summary judgment against a university in a campus sexual assault case. (Read more about the firm’s Title IX Defense practice here). In his criminal defense practice, Justin has helped people accused of a wide range of federal white-collar crimes, guiding his clients through the process and advocating fiercely on their behalves.

Immediately before joining KaiserDillon PLLC, Justin spent five and a half years as a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC, where he led more than 100 Grand Jury investigations, tried more than 60 criminal cases, and handled more than a dozen appeals.

Justin has also been published or quoted in more than a dozen national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The Weekly Standard.  He has spoken before organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Association of Title IX Administrators, the Higher Education Consultants Association, and the Virginia State Bar.

Justin is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, an invitation-only professional organization devoted to white-collar practice, and the John Carroll Society.  He teaches trial advocacy at Harvard Law School and has guest-lectured on criminal law at Harvard and the University of Maryland. He serves on the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the D.C. Bar and is a member of the Board of Directors of Families Advocating for Campus Equality, a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing greater due process protections to campus disciplinary proceedings.

Justin is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in the category Criminal Defense: White-Collar.

  • J.D., Harvard Law School. Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • B.A., Duke University, magna cum laude
Government Service
  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Columbia
  • Trial Attorney, Housing & Civil Enforcement Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice
  • Clerkship, The Honorable David M. Ebel, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon in The Washington Post: The Education Department wants to make campus sexual misconduct hearings fairer. It should go further.

Scott Bernstein and Justin Dillon Opinion Piece in The Washington Post – “The Common App will no longer require disclosure of criminal history. But what it still asks is more troubling.”

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault Hearings

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.

Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Lawnews.com: Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It Worse

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on Campus

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness Test

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the Accused

What happens if I lose my Title IX case? – Justin Dillon


I am Being Accused of a Title IX Violation. Should I File a Counterclaim Against My Accuser? – Justin Dillon


Why shouldn’t I sue before the Title IX process is over? – Justin Dillon


When is the best time to hire a title IX lawyer? – Justin Dillon


How long do Title IX cases take? – Justin Dillon


If I lose on campus, how does a Title IX lawsuit work – Justin Dillon


In a Title IX case, should I talk to the school? Will the police use what I say against me? – Justin Dillon


Why would someone falsely accuse me of a Title IX violation – Justin Dillon


Why should I hire a Title IX lawyer if they can’t talk during the hearing? – Justin Dillon


Why do you do Title IX work? – Justin Dillon


How did you get involved in Title IX work? – Justin Dillon


Will hiring a Title IX lawyer make me look guilty? – Justin Dillon