Justin Constantine Biosketch
Justin graduated from James Madison University in 1992 with a double major in English and Political Science and a minor in German. He graduated from the University of Denver School of Law in 1998; while there he was a member of the International Law Journal and Chairman of the Honor Council. Justin joined the U.S. Marine Corps after his second year of law school. While on active duty, Justin served as a Judge Advocate specializing in criminal law, and was stationed both in Okinawa, Japan, and at Camp Pendleton, California, where he worked as a defense counsel and criminal prosecutor.
Justin left active duty in 2004, and worked for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for two years. There he worked in the headquarters office, and focused on employment law, fiscal law, and government contracting issues. As a Marine Reservist, he volunteered for deployment to Iraq in 2006, and served in the Al-Anbar Province as a Team Leader of a group of Marines performing civil affairs work while attached to an infantry battalion. While on a routine combat patrol six weeks into his deployment, Justin was shot in the head by a sniper. Thanks to his fellow Marines and the courage and skill of a U.S. Navy Corpsman, Justin survived. His personal awards from his time in Iraq include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, and Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
Upon recovering from his injuries, Justin started a new job with the U.S. Department of Justice, working in their Office of Immigration Litigation, primarily writing appellate briefs defending the lower immigration court decisions. In November of 2008, Justin was invited to serve as Counsel for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. At the same time Justin and his wife Dahlia also started Iraq and Back, their own small business which featured different apparel items they designed honoring those who had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009, Justin was accepted into the Fellowship program of the Truman National Security Project.
Most recently Justin started a new job with the Department of Justice working on a counterterrorism team. This job is a great fit for Justin because he feels that he is finally “back in the fight” and it dovetails perfectly with his professional interests. Also, Justin recently was an honor graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. As a Major in the Marine Corps Reserve, Justin is the Reserve Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Forces South in Miami, Florida. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Wounded Warrior Project, and spends much of his spare time on wounded warrior activities, including fundraising and raising awareness of the myriad issues faced by our wounded warriors and their families. He also serves on a 4-year Congressionally-mandated Task Force for Recovering Warriors which provides an annual report to the Department of Defense.
Justin also enjoys public speaking opportunities, and over the last several years has spoken to numerous military, business and school groups about the value of a positive attitude, teamwork and community values in overcoming adversity. He has been featured in magazines and programs such as CNN, Mens Health, James Madison University’s Madison Magazine, James Madison University’s student newspaper, the Wounded Warrior Project’s After Action Report, the Verizon FIOS Channel 1 magazine show “Push-Pause,” the Department of Labor’s America’s Heroes at Work Success Stories and the Department of Defense’s Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy Square Deal magazine.