Justin Kerenyi

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Justin Kerenyi



Justin Kerenyi is a partner in HBS’ Atlanta office where his practice encompasses a broad range of litigation, transactional, and intellectual property work.

Since beginning his career at HBS in 2000, Justin has successfully represented a diverse portfolio of clients ranging from large corporations and their insurers to small businesses and individuals. He has practiced extensively in state and federal courts litigating a wide array of general liability, aviation, medical malpractice, business, and commercial claims of all levels of exposure. Justin also has a significant intellectual property and transactional practice advising on business ventures across a variety of industries, including handling hundreds of trademark copyright and trade secret matters and supervising local counsel in foreign countries in international matters. Justin also has experience in the areas of corporate formation, entertainment law, licensing, and appellate work.

Justin earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor from Georgia State University. In 2007, Justin helped to found Songs For Kids Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit that provides music programs to kids battling serious illness and disability. He currently serves as both its President and General Counsel. Justin is also a songwriter and performing musician who released his first solo record in 2019.


Professional & Service Endeavors
  • Litigated and tried numerous liability cases, including medical malpractice and general liability, to verdict and/or other resolution over the past two decades.
  • Briefed and argued an appeal before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Georgia.
  • Conducted numerous pre-suit investigations and dispute resolutions in various employment, general liability and commercial matters.
  • Litigated and successfully resolved a tri-party commercial dispute pending in both arbitration in one state and federal court in another.
  • Developed specialized expertise with general liability – aviation claims through nearly a decade of representing a publicly held Fortune 500 corporation (and/or it’s subsidiary) which is a leading aviation industry support vendor serving over 50 airports, throughout the U.S. and U.K.
  • Represented foreign based clients in the UK, the European Union, and Canada, and worked with clients in the London insurance market.
  • Supervised intellectual property due diligence in a multi-million dollar commercial merger and acquisition.
  • Represented a municipality in assessing and protecting all of its intellectual property.
  • Counseled numerous individuals, start-ups and entrepreneurs in intellectual property and transactional matters.
  • Have handled hundreds of trademark and copyright matters.
  • Negotiations and drafting of entertainment and intellectual property business transactions and agreements:
    • Assist start-ups with corporate formation.
Business Transactions

Justin has developed a growing transactional practice advising, facilitating and participating in business ventures on behalf of numerous businesses, partnerships. and individuals across a wide variety of industries.

He has provided professional expertise on a variety of business needs, including forming entities, strategic planning, negotiating, drafting, and assisting with enforcement and/or defense of various business transactions and contractual agreements (e.g., entertainment and intellectual property deals, services agreements, licensing agreements, non-disclosure, and non-compete agreements), assisting with due diligence, counseling on regulatory matters, and assisting with dispute resolution.

Justin is also the President, General Counsel, and one of the founding board members of Songs for Kids Foundation, Inc., an Atlanta based 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides music programs to kids suffering from serious illness and disability in 5 U.S. States.

General Liability

Justin has successfully represented corporations in a wide range of general liability matters on behalf of insurance companies and both public and private entities. He has litigation experience in both state and federal courts, handling cases of all levels of exposure and involving a wide array of allegations and issues ranging from business disputes to the defense of a wide variety of personal injury claims.

In addition to general premises liability, Justin has handled numerous vehicular accident cases as well as represented construction contractors in multi-party, multi-jurisdictional personal injury litigation involving complex contractual indemnification and contribution claims.

Justin has also developed specialized expertise with aviation industry claims through nearly a decade of representing ABM Aviation, Inc. (f.k.a. Air Serv Corp and a subsidiary of Fortune 500 parent co. ABM Industries, Inc.). In representing this leading aviation industry support vendor serving over 50 airports, through the U.S. and U.K., Justin has also developed familiarity with the London insurance market.

Intellectual Property & Entertainment

Justin has extensive expertise assisting individuals, businesses and their insurers with protecting their Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the areas of trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. His services cover all facets of transactional and litigation matters including initial assessment, due diligence and clearance, trademark and copyright filings and appeals, contract negotiations and drafting, acquisitions, transfers, licensing and assignments, domain name dispute resolution, and prosecution and defense of IP infringement from the initial cease and desist stage to litigation in federal court.

Justin has handled IP matters for numerous individuals, partnerships, businesses, and their insurers across a wide variety of industries. He has represented media and entertainment companies, retailers, food and beverage businesses, apparel companies, legal and medical practices and associations, insurance companies, health care companies, agribusinesses, e-commerce businesses, entrepreneurs, entertainers, artists, authors, fashion designers, photographers, and nonprofit organizations. Justin has served as IP counsel in multi-million dollar business transactions and in the management of international IP portfolios overseeing local counsel in various foreign countries.

He has also represented individuals, startups, and small businesses in corporate entity formation and strategic planning and entertainment law. His entertainment law practice includes assisting in negotiation and drafting of artist management and production contracts, talent releases, work for hire agreements, film production agreements, and other similar services. Justin is also a songwriter and performing musician who released his first solo record in 2019 and who is currently recording his second album.

Medical Malpractice

Justin has successfully represented hospitals, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and other individual medical care providers in professional negligence lawsuits and state composite board hearings. In so doing, Justin has acquired experience defending cases involving allegations of negligent care and treatment, negligent misdiagnosis, negligent referral, negligent misadministration of medication, surgical battery, and lack of consent.

The factual circumstances of this casework has covered a wide array of medical issues including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, internal medicine, obstetrics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pharmacology, plastic surgery, pulmonology, radiology, and wound care. He is the son of a physician.

Premises Liability

Justin has successfully represented defendants in a multitude of premises liability cases. Relying on his many years of litigation and trial experience, he has served as lead counsel in dozens of premises cases covering a wide variety of issues and levels of exposure. He has obtained numerous positive outcomes for clients in such cases, including multiple defense verdicts, successful dispositive motions, voluntary dismissals, and many favorable settlements.

Justin also has specialized expertise handling complex aviation premises liability claims at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and working with the London aviation insurance market through nearly a decade representing ABM Aviation, Inc., a leading global aviation industry support vendor. Additionally, Justin’s years of experience defending claims in other practice areasm, such as medical malpractice, enhance his familiarity with handling medical causation and damages in premises cases.



State Courts:

  • Georgia, 2000
    • Court of Appeals, Supreme Court

U.S. District Courts:

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia


  • J.D., Georgia State University, 2000
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1994


  • American Bar Association:
    • Entertainment and Sports Law Section
    • Health Law Section


  • Panel on Intellectual Property
    Georgia State University; October 10, 2018
  • Panel on Intellectual Property
    Georgia State University; March 8, 2017
  • Panel on Intellectual Property
    Georgia State University; February 17, 2016


  • Copyright Protection and the Internet
    For the Record
  • Why I…Help Kids Find Their Inner Rock Star
    Fulton County Daily Report, April 2014

In the Press

Ferrari Loses Trademark Fight For World’s Most Expensive Car

Written by: HBS Intellectual Property Team Ferrari just lost a landmark trademark battle with an Italian rival auto maker over its 250 GTO, one of its most coveted sports cars that typically fetches 50 million pounds ($65 million USD) when one comes up for private sale or auction. The decision by the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office

HBS Adds Intellectual Property Attorneys Daniel C. Miller and Rodney R. Miller As Partners

ATLANTA – May 21, 2020 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is excited to announce that highly experienced intellectual property attorneys Daniel C. Miller and Rodney Miller have joined the firm as Partners. Dan and Rodney join a growing intellectual property team that is led by Partner Karl Braun in our Nashville office and Partner Justin

USPTO Offers Free Fast Track for Small Businesses on COVID-19 Applications

Written by: Karl Braun, Esq., Justin Kerenyi, Esq., Daniel Miller, Esq., and Rodney Miller, Esq. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is giving small businesses and micro entities priority examination without the usual fees in an effort to encourage continued investment in intellectual property related to COVID-19 during the coronavirus shutdown. To qualify for the new COVID-19 Prioritized

Supreme Court Sides With Lucky Brand on Defense Preclusion

Written by: Karl Braun, Esq., Justin Kerenyi, Esq., Daniel Miller, Esq., and Rodney Miller, Esq. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with apparel maker Lucky Brand on the applicability of “defense preclusion” about whether and under which circumstances a defense might be barred in subsequent litigation between two parties. The unanimous decision held that any preclusion

Hall Booth Smith Names Eight New Partners

ATLANTA – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has named eight new partners, bringing the firm-wide total to 98. “We are delighted to welcome these talented professionals as new partners, ” said Alex Booth, managing partner of HBS. “They bring valuable experience and total dedication to our client projects and will

The Daily Report Features Attorney Justin Kerenyi in Why I…Do What I Do Section

The Daily Report recently featured HBS attorney Justin Kerenyi in their Why I…Do What I Do section. Justin helped found the nonprofit Songs for Kids Foundation in 2007 with his former bandmate. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship. The foundation does this by bringing music to children’s