Justin D. Ackerman

Area of Emphasis

Justin Ackerman is a shareholder in the Corporate & Commercial Group of Babst Calland. He uses a creative, yet pragmatic, approach in his role as a trusted advisor to mid-sized corporations, closely-held companies, family-owned businesses and their owners. Additionally, Mr. Ackerman leverages his experience and education to provide a broad range of services including:  general corporate representation, real estate services and transactions, business succession techniques and dispute resolution.

Mr. Ackerman advises clients on aspects of corporate law such as choice and formation of entities, internal governance, mergers and acquisitions, and the negotiation and drafting of contracts. His real estate practice involves the purchase and sale of developed and undeveloped commercial property, commercial leases on behalf of landlords and tenants, and property tax assessment appeals. Additionally, Mr. Ackerman represents condemnors in eminent domain proceedings, including the defense of de facto taking claims, relative to right-of-way and total takings of private property.

Corporate Experience

Prior to joining Babst Calland, Mr. Ackerman spent five years practicing corporate and real estate law in the Pittsburgh office of a national law firm. Before practicing law, he worked as an auditor at Grant Thornton – an international accounting firm. His past corporate experience also includes having provided financial, accounting and marketing services to Johnson & Johnson, IBM and H.J. Heinz Company, respectively.

Background

Mr. Ackerman earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his M.B.A. from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. Additionally, he obtained his B.S. in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Ackerman is a member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Finance Committee and Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. Mr. Ackerman is also an active member of the Tepper School of Business Alumni Association.

Publications/Presentations
  • Presenter, “Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions: Understanding What Can Make a Good Deal Go Bad,” PBI Real Estate Update 2009 CLE, Pittsburgh, PA, April 16, 2009.