Justina L. Tate Partner




Justina Tate has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals through all phases of civil litigation. Her practice primarily focuses on defending against claims of personal injury, professional liability, business torts and sexual torts.

Before joining Wilson Elser, Tina led a team of insurance defense attorneys at a top-tier civil litigation firm, where she defended her clients against diverse high-exposure claims. Tina’s litigation background also includes pursuing subrogation recoveries on behalf of insurance carriers, and she capitalizes on that plaintiffs’ advocacy experience to judiciously evaluate the unique strengths and weaknesses of each case. Tina crafts targeted litigation plans to strategically and efficiently obtain the evidence necessary to enhance resolution opportunities. Recognizing the importance of ongoing communication to the forward progress of each case, Tina places a high value on building a solid rapport with her clients and with opposing counsel.

While in law school, Tina traveled to Hong Kong to participate in the Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition as a member of USD’s Vis Moot International Arbitration Team.

Areas of Focus

Complex Tort & General Casualty
Tina has defended individuals and businesses named in claims involving assault and battery, slip and falls, dog bites and other casualty litigation. She is skilled at differentiating matters with early resolution potential from those that require thorough discovery and motion practice. As a result, Tina is able to provide her clients with meaningful evaluations so they may make cost-effective and informed litigation decisions.

Premises Liability
Tina has defended owners of homes, nightclubs, beauty salons, school districts and other businesses in lawsuits arising from injuries alleged to have been caused by a dangerous condition on a property. She has frequently leveraged dispositive motions to secure early and favorable resolutions.

Tina has handled car and motorcycle cases where injuries ranged from soft-tissue damages to traumatic brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries.

Professional Liability
Tina has defended attorneys and law firms against claims of professional negligence.

Representative Matters

Obtained a dismissal in a multivehicle collision lawsuit consequent to arguments of co-defendant’s sole liability.

Obtained a dismissal in a business torts matter within 60 days of case assignment based on anti-SLAPP arguments.

Resolved a gangrene/amputation lawsuit for a nominal amount based on causation arguments.

Resolved a slip-and-fall matter for a nominal amount days after filing an MSJ premised on absence of notice.

Resolved a multiparty vehicle collision lawsuit for a nominal amount consequent to filing an MSJ based on absence of causation.

Successfully opposed an MSJ concerning catastrophic damage to real property, lending toward substantial recovery for client.