Justin Andrus

Attorney in Topsham, ME
Justin Andrus was born and grew up in New Jersey, then attended high school in New Hampshire. He attended and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1997. In 2002, Justin graduated from the University of Maine's School of Law in Portland, Maine. While in law school, Justin participated in the Moot Court program in which he learned the art of preparing and presenting cases on appeal for consideration by the Supreme Court. He received the prize for best oral advocate in an international moot court competition in the fall of 2001. He also served as a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic in 2001 and 2002. As a member of the clinic, Justin represented low income clients as the attorney of record under the tutelage of experienced clinical practitioners. This program serves much the same function as physician's residency, permitting the student attorney to practice law in an environment in which the student gains experience while providing high quality legal services to people who would not otherwise have access to justice.

After graduating from the School of Law in the Spring of 2002, Justin was licensed to practice in the Courts of the State of Maine, and then in the Federal Courts for the State of Maine including the Bankruptcy Court. He is also licensed to practice before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Justin worked for several years at a small firm in Brunswick, Maine, and then opened a private practice which he operated successfully until December, 2011. Beginning in December, 2011, Justin joined Shankman & Associates from our Topsham, Maine office. By joining Shankman & Associates, Justin has been able to continue his practice providing top shelf legal services to clients in contested civil and criminal actions in the State and Federal Courts without the distraction of administering his own firm.

Justin's practice focuses on resolving disputed matters in both civil and criminal actions, as well as providing services for clients whose cases are on appeal. Justin provides expertise in civil matters, including personal and business cases, for both Plaintiffs and Defendants; in Family Matters for both married and unmarried parties, including exceptional experience with nontraditional families such as multigenerational family issues and same sex partner disputes; and, criminal matters from drunk driving to manslaughter representation. Justin is experienced and comfortable at both the trial level and with appeals from his cases and referral appeals from other lawyers. Justin has participated in several high profile appellate cases that have become landmarks in Maine's legal framework including: Ballard v. Wagner, which involved defamation against a Naval officer; Davis v. Anderson, in which the Maine Supreme Court announced new restrictions on the ability of third-parties to interfere with a parent's rights; and State v. Bilynsky, which came before the Maine Supreme Court for argument 3 times.

Justin is the vice-president of the Bath Brunswick Bar Association and is a member of the governing committee, and previously chairman of, the Maine Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service. He is married and lives on the Mid Coast. When he's not working, Justin can be found racing cars and sailboats, and taking his dog to the beach with his wife.
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Areas of Law

  • Administrative Hearings and Appeals
  • Administrative Adjudications
  • Administrative Agency Practice
  • Administrative Litigation
  • Judicial Review
  • Professional Licensing
  • Professional Licensing Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Appeals
  • Assault
  • Business Law
  • Business Crimes
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Torts
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Children
  • Child Custody
  • Child Protection
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child Support
  • Child Welfare
  • Day Care
  • Fathers Rights
  • Foster Care
  • Grandparents Custody
  • Grandparents Visitation Rights
  • Interstate Child Custody
  • Juvenile Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Law
  • Parental Kidnapping
  • Parental Rights
  • Parenting Time
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Third Party Custody
  • Visitation Rights
  • Civil Practice
  • Federal Civil Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Liberties
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Civil Rights Section 1983
  • Discrimination
  • Human Rights
  • Prisoners Rights
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Crimes
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Torts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Fifth Amendment Law
  • Fourth Amendment Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction and Design Law
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Contracts
  • Construction Defects
  • Construction Equipment Liability
  • Construction Insurance Defense
  • Construction Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contractors Liability
  • Materialmens Liens
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Contracts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Contract Fraud
  • Contract Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Assault and Battery
  • Burglary
  • Civil Forfeiture
  • Criminal Antitrust
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Forfeiture
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Prosecution
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Extortion
  • Extradition
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic DNA
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Forgery
  • Forensic Science
  • Hit and Run
  • Homicide
  • Mail Fraud
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Misdemeanors
  • Money Laundering
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Parole and Probation
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Traffic Violations
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Drugs and Narcotics
  • Civil Drug Forfeiture
  • Drug Crimes
  • Controlled Substances Law
  • Drug Forfeiture
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Family Law
  • Alimony
  • Annulment
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Community Property Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Relations
  • Domestic Torts
  • Domestic Violence
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Gay and Lesbian Family Law
  • Interstate Support
  • Legal Separation Agreements
  • Marital Agreements
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Law
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Military Divorce
  • Name Changes
  • No Fault Divorce
  • Non-Traditional Family Law
  • Paternity
  • Post Divorce Modification
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • Restraining Orders
  • Spousal Support
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Automobile Insurance Coverage
  • Automobile Insurance
  • Automobile Liability
  • Casualty Insurance
  • Casualty Insurance Subrogation
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Commercial Property Insurance
  • Fire Insurance
  • Fire Insurance Subrogation
  • Fire Loss
  • First and Third Party Insurance
  • First Party Insurance
  • General Liability
  • Indemnity
  • Malpractice
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Unfair Insurance Practices
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists Arbitration
  • Insurance Defense
  • Arson and Insurance Fraud
  • Automobile Insurance Defense
  • Automobile Insurance Fraud Defense
  • Automobile Liability Defense
  • Casualty Insurance Defense
  • Commercial Insurance Defense
  • Fire Insurance Defense
  • First and Third Party Insurance Defense
  • First Party Insurance Defense
  • General Liability Defense
  • Insurance Bad Faith Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Defense
  • No Fault Auto Insurance Defense
  • Personal Liability Defense
  • Property Insurance Defense
  • Public Liability Defense
  • Property Damage Defense
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Legal Negligence
  • Legal Professional Liability
  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • Federal Litigation
  • Long-Arm Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Military Law
  • Military Criminal Law
  • Military Justice
  • Negligence
  • Negligence Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Accidents
  • Animal Attacks
  • Aquatic Injuries
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bodily Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Dog Bites
  • Electrical Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Head Injury
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Personal Injury Appeals
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Slip and Fall
  • Spinal Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Whiplash
  • Premises Liability
  • Inadequate Security
  • Negligent Security
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Private Security Litigation
  • Premises Security
  • Professional Liability
  • Torts
  • Civil Liability
  • Intentional Torts
  • Tort Defense
  • Tort Liability
  • White Collar Crime
  • Embezzlement
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Fraud


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 2002, Maine, U.S. District Court, District of Maine and U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maine
2011, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

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  • Law School Attended

    University of Maine School of Law

    University Attended

    Bates College

    Birth Information

    Born in 1974

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    Justin Andrus
     2 Melcher Pl.,
    Topsham, ME 04086


    Shankman & Associates Legal Center (Topsham, Maine)

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