Justin Ryan Vatter joined the Austin offices of Baron & Budd in 2020. He works with our Opioid Litigation Group, on behalf of communities and municipalities across the country, to obtain compensation from drug manufacturers for their role in causing nationwide heartbreak and expense in the massive opioid epidemic.
Mr. Vatter’s legal career began as a mail clerk while attending Texas State University, where he received a B.A. in Political Science in 2003. After graduation, Mr. Vatter worked as a paralegal specializing in mass tort litigation and attended night school, earning an M.A. in Legal Studies from Texas State University in 2010. The same year, Mr. Vatter sat for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal exam, obtained an Advanced Certification designation in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and completed a 40-hour mediation training certificate. Continued work as a paralegal provided Mr. Vatter with solid experience in managing a high-volume docket of multidistrict litigation cases, organizing asbestos exposure screenings, and assisting at trial in cases against asbestos manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.
In 2016, Mr. Vatter moved from Austin to Dallas to realize his dream of transitioning from support staff to a practicing attorney. He entered law school at the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, serving as a Judicial Board Justice and Acquisitions Editor of the Law Review. During law school, Mr. Vatter provided client representation at the school’s Community Lawyering Center and worked as a law clerk with a personal injury firm where he provided support to victims of trucking and automobile negligence, premise liability, and other personal injury claims. Throughout his studies he also volunteered with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas in Dallas.
With more than fifteen years in civil litigation, Mr. Vatter brings to Baron & Budd significant courtroom and document management experience. Mr. Vatter is eager to apply his years of experience to help advocate for the interests of our clients.
Mr. Vatter is a third-generation Austinite and a devoted Texas Longhorn fan. When he is not working or volunteering, Mr. Vatter enjoys spending time in the Texas Hill Country with his growing family and their golden retriever.
University of North Texas Dallas College of Law (J.D., 2019)
Texas State University (M.A., Legal Studies, 2010)
Texas State University (B.A., Political Science, 2003)
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