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Justin Vaatstra

About Justin

Justin Vaatstra is an experienced commercial litigator and a partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler’s litigation and insolvency practices. His practice focus has an emphasis on corporate insolvency and intellectual property disputes. Much of his work has an international dimension, involving cross-border issues and conflict of laws.

Justin Vaatstra is ‘exceptionally astute’.

Client quote, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Justin holds a Master of Laws from The University of Melbourne in the areas of intellectual property and commercial law. He was also a contributing author to World Insolvency Systems: A Comparative Study, published by Thomson Reuters.

Justin is recognised as a recommended lawyer for Dispute Resolution and Restructuring & Insolvency in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is described by clients as a “very dedicated advocate” who “builds great working relationships”. Justin is also recommended in Doyle’s Guide in the category of ‘Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers – Melbourne, 2016’ and listed by Best Lawyers® International in the area of ‘Insolvency & Reorganization Law’.

Practice focus

Justin’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • commercial litigation in State Supreme and Federal Courts as well as alternative dispute resolution;
  • corporate insolvency and reconstruction, including voluntary administrations, receiverships and liquidations; and
  • intellectual property disputes, including advising clients regarding copyright, trade mark, and design infringement, as well as providing strategic advice in relation to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property.


Justin has acted in a broad range of commercial litigation, insolvency and intellectual property matters, including:

  • Gentra Limited: acting as Australian legal advisor to Gentra Limited in respect of applications to appoint receivers in The Bell Group litigation in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and associated applications in the High Court of Justice in the UK;
  • representing a public company in respect of a complex joint venture dispute involving Supreme Court litigation, arbitration proceedings and disputes concerning the voluntary administration of the joint venture vehicle;
  • Sons of Gwalia: acting for ING, the representative creditor, in the landmark ‘test case’ in which the High Court determined that shareholder damages claims rank equally with unsecured creditors’ claims in a winding-up;
  • TS Production LLC: acting for TS Production LLC in Federal Court proceedings involving a dispute about copyright ownership in the film and book known as The Secret. The litigation also involved anti-suit injunction and stay applications in respect of parallel proceedings in the US; 
  • a major transport enterprise: acting in Supreme Court proceedings to enforce restraint of trade provisions; and
  • Administrators of Ansett Airlines: representing and advising the administrators of the Ansett Group in respect of numerous court proceedings, including proceedings against the International Air Transport Association, which was appealed to the High Court of Australia to determine the validity of multilateral netting arrangements where a participant airline had been placed into administration.

Recognition & publications

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