Justine A. Kentla

Justine Kentla counsels clients on complex securities litigation and enforcement matters. She has represented clients in US Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission investigations, as well as in internal investigations. 

Ms. Kentla joined WilmerHale in 2020 after four years as an associate at another large firm in California. In addition to her securities and corporate practice, she successfully obtained an unprecedented pardon for a pro bono client with a felony murder conviction from California Governor Jerry Brown in November 2018.

Public service has formed a large part of Ms. Kentla’s career. She founded a nonprofit, the Focus Forward Project, that provides educational programming and reentry services to individuals charged with federal crimes, and she still serves on the organization’s board. She has also worked as a paralegal supervisor at the Federal Defenders Office in the Southern District of New York, as an investigator with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and as a legal clerk with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Ms. Kentla also interned in the US Senate offices of both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.


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  • Education

    • JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2016

      Submissions Editor, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, University of California Graduate Student Award for Civic Engagement
    • BA, International Affairs and Political Science, University of Chicago, 2010

      with Honors

      Dean’s List


  • Admissions

    • California