Justin S. Rubin

Justin S. Rubin's practice focuses on providing legal, strategic, and policy counsel to national and international clients on matters involving the intersection of law, business, and public policy.

Justin has knowledge and experience with matters involving the Department of Defense, government reform, national and homeland security, constitutional law, election law, and legislative and regulatory drafting.

Justin served as an appointee in the Department of Defense, including as the Director of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army’s Strategy and Integration Office, advising Army senior leaders on Department of the Army strategy and resourcing. He provides an insider’s perspective on the executive branch and experience working on a range of issues, including future national security challenges and requirements; personnel policy, human capital and manpower management; the role of the National Guard; unit reduction decisions and related Program Environmental Assessments; Base Realignment Commission (BRAC) implementation; religious accommodation; and strategic communications.

Justin was a lead author of The Army Vision: Strategic Advantage in a Complex World; reformed the Department of the Army’s strategic planning process; wrote the organizing document of the Department of the Army Headquarters; and led the team that created the Department of Defense’s surveys on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” For his service as an appointee in the Army, Justin was awarded the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Justin also previously worked as counsel at a think tank focused on government reform, and as a litigation associate at a national law firm, where he worked on a broad range of issues, including securities, tax, election, federal jurisdiction and constitutional law, at the trial and appellate level.

Justin is member of the Defense Council of the Truman National Security Project.

Justin's published articles include "International Law and the Victims of Climate Change:  Creating a Framework for Managing Impacts and Displaced People," American Security Project (2010); "Congress Cannot Wait for Courts to Create Climate Change Policy," American Security Project (2010); "In Support of a Civilian Trial:  United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Should Not Be a Test Case," American Security Project (2010); and "Merging the NSC and the HSC:  A Legal Footnote," Georgetown Law Center on National Security, Law Security Law Brief (2009).