Justin Guido: Dedicated Attorney, History Buff and Gym Enthusiast
01.17.17 | PermalinkJustin Guido, an associate in RKC’s Miami office, grew up in Westchester, New York where his father’s work as an attorney helped inspire him to follow in his path. “I gained tremendous respect watching my dad growing up and having conversations with him about his work. I really admired him,” explained Justin.
A fascination with history led Justin to major in the subject while studying at George Washington University in Washington D.C. “While I loved reading about history and watching documentaries, I realized that pursuing a career in history alone would not be very lucrative,” explained Justin. “I minored in Criminal Justice and took the class, An Introduction to Criminal Law. The professor turned out to be the Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section with the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. That led to me working first as an intern and then taking on a position after graduation within the Section. While I was already considering the idea of going to law school, working alongside Federal Prosecutors for two years solidified my decision,” said Justin.
Having worked at the Department of Justice, Justin approached law school very seriously. “I really wanted to learn as much as I could to be a good practicing lawyer. For example, when my law school professors provided a supplemental reading list, I read it all,” he said. “And, I did a lot of internships because I wanted as much practical, hands-on experience as possible,” he continued. As a result, Justin interned at the Tort Division of the New York City Law Department, the Organized Crime Task Force of the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Criminal Trials Division of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, a plaintiff’s law firm based in Los Angeles and a national insurance defense law firm.
After graduating from law school, Justin moved to Miami to work as an Assistant State Attorney at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Because he worked on prosecution of criminal cases, Justin had a lot of opportunity to go to trial and be in front of a jury. He admits that the approach is different than in the civil cases he works on at Rumberger, but the experience and skills he obtained translate directly to the work he does now.
“I spent every day in front of a judge and tried 20 cases in front of a jury,” explained Justin. “The time spent in court is very helpful in the property and homeowners insurance coverage work I’m doing, now. The practice can be very litigious and involves taking a lot of depositions, being able to think quickly on your feet and having court presence,” said Justin. “I especially enjoy the fast pace of the work,” he added.
Justin prefers staying busy and couldn’t be happier to have joined RKC nearly a year ago. “There’s a good balance of court time, depositions and office time including case analysis and writing motions,” noted Justin. “I also enjoy the heavy interaction we have with the clients throughout the litigation process. We value and take into consideration their opinion of what the next steps in the case should be,” he added.
Justin also said he enjoys the different aspects of litigating the case. “While the subject matter is not varietal, the nuances in the case make a considerable difference in the strategy,” he said.
One of the things Justin likes best about working at RKC is the collegial atmosphere. “When I was at the prosecutor’s office, we worked closely with colleagues and bounced ideas off one another. I was glad to learn that RKC also encourages teamwork and sharing of ideas here, as well,” said Justin. “Getting another opinion is an enormous help,” he noted.
When he’s not at work, Justin likes to hit the gym. “In addition to being a history buff, I am also a gym rat,” he said. “I like to go to the gym a lot because it is a big stress reliever. It’s a great way to challenge myself and push myself to exceed personal goals,” he explained. “But, it’s also a great way to maintain routine and discipline,” he added.
Justin’s family-his parents, brother and many other relatives-still lives in New York, so he likes to schedule trips to visit them about once every other month. “Most recently, we went to see a couple of Broadway shows for my mom’s birthday. Her favorite is Jersey Boys,” said Justin. “My dad has always been interested in theater because he was an entertainment lawyer,” added Justin.
Justin also spends time volunteering for community organizations like the YMCA and The Legal Services Young Professionals Committee. As Chair of the “Hands-On” Community Events Committee, Justin recently organized and participated in the Comstock Basketball Court Beautification Project during which volunteers from the YMCA Young Professional Committee and the YMCA repainted the Comstock Elementary School’s basketball court.
Justin Guido (pictured above) discusses being a dedicated attorney, loving history and frequenting the gym.
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