Justin Balser serves as managing partner of Akerman's Denver office. With experience as legal counsel at a mortgage originator and servicer, he works with financial institutions, mortgage lenders, loan servicers, and other credit related entities throughout the United States on consumer finance litigation and compliance matters.
Justin litigates federal and state consumer lending claims, loan repurchase, and mortgage fraud matters and works with state and federal regulatory agencies in investigating mortgage fraud and related issues. He also advises on operational compliance and regulatory issues and implementation of remediation strategies.
Prior to joining Akerman, Justin served as legal counsel and advisor to senior management at Lehman Brothers' mortgage subsidiary, Aurora Loan Services LLC and its affiliated companies. He was responsible for the repurchase litigation portfolio and negotiated multi-million dollar recoveries from loan sellers and mortgage brokers on claims of fraud and other commercial issues while managing counterparty risk and regulatory issues. Justin managed hundreds of loan repurchase and loan servicing litigation matters throughout the United States, and managed a claim portfolio in excess of $1 billion as a creditor in numerous bankruptcy actions nationwide. Prior to joining Lehman and Aurora, Justin successfully represented mortgage companies, loan servicers, and commercial clients in litigation throughout federal and state courts in California and Colorado.
Justin serves as a board member for Advocates for Children, a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization serving counties south of Denver. He is also a board member for the Colorado Lawyers Committee, an organization creating and increasing opportunities for children, the poor, and other disadvantaged communities through advocacy, negotiation, and litigation.