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  Justine A. Baakman
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Justine Baakman is an associate in the Philadelphia office. She focuses her practice primarily in the areas of employment, HOA, commercial premises, construction, and products defect litigation in both state and federal court. She also has experience in the areas of catastrophic loss defense and the defense of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims. 

Ms. Baakman’s experience has included the representation of construction professionals in litigation alleging professional negligence in the design of commercial properties. She has successfully achieved the significant reduction of multi-million dollar demands  based on an early aggressive approach to the voluminous discovery typically sought in cases of this nature.

Prior to joining Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, Ms. Baakman achieved a number of noteworthy outcomes, including a defense verdict in a private binding arbitration in Philadelphia where the injuries of an adult and minor plaintiff included alleged chronic carbon monoxide poisoning, the dismissal with prejudice of a products liability matter in federal court, where the allegations included plaintiff’s complete loss of ability to practice as a physician as a result of the alleged injuries, the denial of opposing counsel’s request to obtain unduly burdensome and irrelevant electronic discovery in a highly contentious construction matter in New Jersey, requiring nearly six months of consistent motion practice and oral argument to achieve, and the voluntary withdrawal of a plaintiff’s claims venued in Philadelphia based on investigation conducted subsequent to the depositions of the parties.

During law school, Ms. Baakman served on the inaugural executive board of the Mental Health Law Society. She was a fellow for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, a program designed to educate inner city Philadelphia youths of their constitutional rights. Ms. Baakman was also awarded the CALI Excellence for Future Award in Criminal Procedure: Prosecution and Adjudication, with internships at both the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

Since entering practice, Ms. Baakman has served as a mock trial judge, judging competitions hosted by Philadelphia area schools. She has also volunteered her time providing local Philadelphia residents with free legal advice on a variety of legal issues.

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