Justin E. Fairfax '00

General Counsel and Vice President of Development for Thompson Hospitality Corporation, Reston, Virginia
Justin E. Fairfax (AB '00)

Justin E. Fairfax is General Counsel and Vice President of Development for Thompson Hospitality Corporation, based in Reston, Virginia.  With more than $425 million in annual revenue and over 4,000 employees nationwide, Thompson Hospitality is one of the largest food service, restaurants, retail, and facilities management companies in the Unites States. 

From August 2012 to June 2013, Fairfax was a candidate for Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, earning the endorsement of The Washington Post and more than forty-eight percent of the statewide primary vote.  He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in the Major Crimes and Narcotics Unit of the Alexandria Division from June 2010 until August 2012.  There, Fairfax was appointed to serve as the Deputy Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force and to serve on the Assistant United States Attorney Hiring Committee.

Fairfax previously worked as an associate in the litigation department at WilmerHale in Washington, DC, where his practice focused primarily on white-collar criminal defense and general commercial civil litigation. Before joining WilmerHale in 2006, Fairfax held several public service positions. He clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and was a personal assistant to vice presidential candidate John Edwards during the Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign in 2004.  Additionally, he was a legislative correspondent in the office of Senator Edwards from 2000-02. Fairfax also served as a briefing coordinator for Tipper Gore at the Gore/Lieberman Presidential Campaign Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fairfax earned an AB in 2000 from Duke, where he majored in public policy studies and minored in French and was selected as the class graduation speaker at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. He earned his JD in 2005 from Columbia Law School, where he was selected to be a member of the Columbia Law Review. Fairfax was a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees from 2000-03.  He is married to Dr. Cerina W. Fairfax, DDS (T ’99), a dentist with her own private practice. They live in northern Virginia with their son, Cameron and their daughter Carys.