Dustin joined The Spangenberg Law Firm in 2015. Prior to that, he was an attorney with Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach, FL. Dustinâ€™s practice focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation as well as catastrophic injury cases. He handles complex product liability cases in both federal and state courts and is experienced in handling mass tort cases that have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (or an â€œMDLâ€). Dustin also is currently handling or has handled cases involving traumatic brain injuries, medical malpractice-wrongful death, product liability-wrongful death, trucking litigation, sexual molestation, gas drilling/fracking cases, and commercial disputes.
In 2013, Dustin was named as one of south FLâ€™s â€œMost Effective Lawyersâ€ by the Daily Business Review for his role in obtaining a $28.5 million verdict in a traumatic brain injury case. From 2014 â€“ 2019, Dustin has been selected as one of the National Trial Lawyersâ€™ â€œTop 100 Trial Lawyersâ€ (for south Florida/Ohio); and in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019, Dustin was named as a â€œRising Starâ€ by Super Lawyers. Dustin is honored to serve as the 2019 President of the National Trial Lawyersâ€™ Top 40 Under 40.
Dustin lectures across the country onÂ DaubertÂ issues, discovery of ESI, and various other legal topics, and he is the author of numerous publications, including a chapter in the 4th Edition of AAJâ€™s â€œAnatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit,â€ which was released in March 2015 by Trial Guides and AAJ.
Dustin has been or is currently representing clients in the following mass tort cases: MDL 2804, In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation (Law and Briefing Committee); MDL 2750, In re: Invokana (Canagliflozin) Products Liability Litigation; MDL 2606, In re: Benicar (Olmesartan) Products Liability Litigation (DaubertBriefing Committee); Anti-Terrorism Litigation, 1:17-cv-08709,Â Oâ€™Sullivan, et al. v. Deutsche Bank AG, et al.Â (S.D.N.Y); 1:17-cv-00915,Â Holladay, et al. v. The Islamic Republic of IranÂ (D.D.C.) (Law and Briefing Committee and Discovery Committee); Silicone Contaminated Eye Injection Litigation, pending in state courts in Arizona, New York, and Florida (co-lead counsel); MDL 2545, In re Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation; In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (one of the lead lawyers litigating cases in Florida state courts); MDL 2331, In Re Propecia (Finasteride) Product Liability Litigation (Science Committee); MDL 2327, In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation; MDL 2299, In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation; MDL 2244, In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation; MDL 2197, In re: DePuy Orthopaedics ASR Hip Implant Litigation; and MDL 2179, In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig â€œDeepwater Horizon.â€
Dustin is a passionate supporter of local and national justice associations. He served on the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Justice Association between 2014 and 2015 and is also a member of the Ohio Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Dustin served as Co-Chair of AAJâ€™s Gas Drilling/Fracking Litigation Group from 2014-2016 and currently serves as Co-Chair of AAJâ€™s Silicone Contaminated Eye-Injection Litigation Group.
Dustin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. He received his law degree from Florida International University College of Law, where he was a member of the FIU Trial and Moot Court Teams. Dustin earned the Book Award in Evidence and multiple Deanâ€™s List awards while in law school. In 2008, Dustin studied European Union law at Universidad de Sevilla and in 2009 he was given the opportunity to go to Florence, Italy where he studied International Criminal Law and other international policies concerning â€œSocial Justice.â€
Dustin and his wife, Dana, moved to Ohio from Delray Beach, FL in 2015. They live in University Heights, Ohio with their son, Dylan, and daughter, Ava.
Negligent Drilling/Fracking Cases, American Association for Justice's 2013 Winter Convention; Miami Beach, Florida; February 12, 2013.
The Neuroscience and Endocrinology Behind Propecia, Propecia Multidistrict Litigation Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Meeting; St. Louis, Missouri; August 1, 2013.
The Legal Side of Social Media, Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce-West; West Palm Beach, Florida; September 27, 2013
Damages: Loss of Capacity For Enjoyment of Life, Florida Justice Association's Workhorse Seminar; Orlando, Florida; February 20, 2014
Demonstrating Your Case to the Judge and Jury through "Strategic Visualization", Connectionology Seminar; Columbus, Ohio; March 12, 2014
Mass Torts Update, Connectionology Seminar; Columbus, Ohio; March 12, 2014
The Science Behind Propecia, Med School for Mass Tort Lawyers; Boca Raton, Florida; May 8, 2014
Gas Fracking - Takeaways For Case Selection, American Association for Justice's Annual Convention; Baltimore, Maryland; July 28, 2014
Discovery of Electronically Stored Information, National Business Institute; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; December 11, 2014
DaubertÂ Comes to Florida, National Business Institute; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; December 11, 2014
DaubertÂ Comes to Florida, National Business Institute; West Palm Beach, Florida; December 12, 2014
Damages: Loss of Capacity For Enjoyment of Life, Florida Justice Associationâ€™s Workhorse Seminar; Orlando, Florida; February 19, 2015
Dealing WithÂ Daubert, Connectionology Seminars of America; Cleveland, Ohio; April 2, 2015
The Story of Propecia: It All Started With a Village of Pseudo-hermaphrodites From the Dominican Republic, Med School for Mass Tort Lawyers; Boca Raton, Florida; May 7, 2015
DaubertÂ Strikes Back: Defending Your Experts, Florida Justice Associationâ€™s Annual Convention; Orlando, Florida; June 11, 2015
New Rules, New Strategies: Owning E-Discovery, Spangenberg Litigation Institute; Cleveland, Ohio; April 15, 2016
7 Deadly Sins of E-Discovery: Adapting (or Perishing) in the Evolving World of Electronically Stored Information, Ohio Association for Justiceâ€™s Winter Convention; Cleveland, Ohio; November 4, 2016
Fundamental Concepts and Principles Which you Need to Know and Understand Regarding â€œE-discovery,â€ National Trial Lawyers Summit; Miami, Florida; February 7, 2017
The â€œDaubertÂ Reportâ€ â€“ Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask â€“ HowÂ DaubertÂ Reports Can Win Cases and Lose Cases â€“ Beware of the Minefields!Â Florida Justice Associationâ€™s Workhorse Seminar; Orlando, Florida; February 28, 2017
Strategic Visualization â€“ Not Just At Trial, But Throughout the Entire Case, Spangenberg Litigation Institute; Cleveland, Ohio; April 21, 2017
Identifying and Handling Mass Tort Cases for the Single Event Firm, Ohio Association for Justiceâ€™s Annual Convention; Columbus, Ohio; May 5, 2017
Understanding the Two-Step Process of E-Discovery, Ohio Association for Justiceâ€™s Winter Convention; Cleveland, Ohio; November 3, 2017
The Pretrial Conference-Understanding How Cases Can Be Won and Lost in and Through the Pretrial Conference and Pretrial Statement-What You Need to Know! What You Need to Avoid!â€, National Trial Lawyers Summit; Miami, Florida; February 4, 2018
Handling, Litigating, and Trying the Product Liability Case in Aquatic Injury/Death Cases Including Scuba Diving and Undersea Adventures,Â Florida Justice Associationâ€™s John Romano Workhorse Convention; Orlando, Florida; March 22, 2018
Daubert Motions and MotionsÂ in Limine, Spangenberg Litigation Institute; Cleveland, Ohio; April 27, 2018
Employing E-Discovery in Every Case: The Nuts and Bolts, Ohio Association for Justiceâ€™s Annual Convention; Columbus, Ohio; May 3, 2018
Co-author, Trial ToolboxÂ®: â€œRes Ipsa Loquitur,â€ 2013