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John S. Castro

Personal injury Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   22 reviews

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  1. Personal injury
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    I personally handle all matters of personal injury including but not limited to auto accidents, slip and falls, negligent security and wrongful death.

    18 years

 

 

Mr. Castro was born in Memphis, TN, the youngest of four children to first American generation parents. At an early age, an employment opportunity moved the family to Irvine, California. It was during this time, Mr. Castro began to develop his diligent work ethic. He took on the local paper route at 9 years of age and worked in the school cafeteria for free lunch.


Another employment opportunity brought Mr. Castro and his family to Tampa, FL in 1991 where he quickly began to establish roots. He attended school at St. Lawrence and Tampa Catholic. While at Tampa Catholic, he played three varsity sports, enrolled in the honors program, was elected senior class president and ultimately graduated with a Bright Future’s Scholarship.


Mr. Castro left Tampa for Tallahassee and attended Florida State University for his undergraduate studies. He received a B.S. in Psychology with honors, posting a 3.72 GPA and finishing in only three years. While at FSU, Mr. Castro was a treasurer of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity and worked as a substitute teacher with Leon County schools.


After completing his undergraduate studies, Mr. Castro was accepted to The University of Florida College of Law. As a student he was an active member of the John Marshall Bar Association and was accepted into the school’s study abroad program in Montpellier, France. He received in Juris Doctorate in 2004 and passed the Florida Bar exam on his first attempt in 2005.


Mr. Castro began his legal career with Bell, Leeper, & Roper, P.A. in Orlando, FL where he represented litigants in both state and Federal Court on matters of civil liability, personal injury, insurance defense, and wrongful death. The experience and knowledge gained in that position, has been vital to his success in his practice representing individuals.


Wanting to return home to his roots in Tampa, he accepted a position as an assistant state attorney with the State Attorney’s Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. In this capacity, he quickly rose through the ranks of the juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony divisions, bypassing several lawyers with longer tenure. As a prosecutor, Mr. Castro litigated over 300 trials, hearings, and motions. His extensive litigation and courtroom experience puts him in a very elite class of litigation lawyers.


In 2008, Mr. Castro joined former Thirteenth Judicial Circuit chief prosecutor Robin Fuson in his law practice, where he represented clients on matters of criminal defense and personal injury. His reasonable yet confident demeanor quickly gained him the respect of colleagues and opposition counsel alike, who described him as a knowledgeable, persuasive, and a skilled litigator. He received many letters of appreciation from clients expressing gratitude for his dedication, kindness and attention to detail in handling their cases.


In 2010, Mr. Castro joined family law attorney Christina Anton Garcia to form Anton Castro Law. His extensive knowledge of criminal law, personal injury, and litigation, represented major contributions to the firm. As a business owner, Mr. Castro was steadfast in his commitment to his clients and the Tampa Bay community.


In an effort to best serve his clients, Mr. Castro joined the firm of Ligori and Sanders in 2019. The move allowed for greater team collaboration with several well-seasoned attorneys all of whom are committed to exemplary client service and excellence in the practice of law on all matters of personal injury.

Mr. Castro and his family have been an active part of the Tampa Bay community since 1991. Mr. Castro is a member of the board of directors for the First Tee of Tampa Bay, a non-profit organization aimed at teaching youth positive life skills and lessons through the game of golf. Additionally, Mr. Castro volunteers with Lawyer’s for Literacy, which assists at-risk students improve reading and writing skills. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves spending time with his family and dog, Junior the Boykin Spaniel.

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Licensed for 17 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Ligori & Sanders P.A.
1711 W Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL, 33606

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Willing to answer all questions... big and small
I recently retained John to represent me in a domestic violence case. I had no prior incidents and no understanding of the legal aspects involved. John was prompt to call me after my initial inquiry, and he walked me through each step with confidence. I asked every question (some multiple times), but he remained patient. I had a favorable outcome in court, and now I can work on putting this behind me. While I hope I will never need his guidance again, I would recommend him to anyone needing competent and compassionate legal assistance.
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Posted by Claudio | June 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Extremely Competent Lawyer
I needed to find a good lawyer to help me to fight against a problematic neighbor that has lied to the Court, obtaining a legal injunction against me. John was extremely professional and competent and, right before the judge hearing, he managed to discuss with this neighbor the case and the repercussions of her inconsequent actions. After John’s intervention, the case became much simpler and basically resumed into the preparation of a legal letter. Before meeting John, I had contacted other lawyers that wanted to charge twice as much as John, also suggesting much more complicated legal strategies. Therefore I strongly recommend John’s legal services for anybody that desires to solve a legal residential (or similar) dispute with the help of an energetic and intelligent lawyer, extremely competent and that offers very reasonable rates. Sincerely, C. Fernandez
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Helped save my job and my life
John Castro expertly guided me through the toughest challenge of my life. Earlier this year, a deeply troubled person I made the mistake of befriending fabricated serious felony accusations against me, both with the police and in a civil case. For whatever twisted motive, the accuser wanted to inflict maximum damage as quickly as possible and even hired a seasoned attorney and a state-funded advocate to pressure the police to make an early arrest and to convince the judge to prematurely rule on the civil case. Either scenario would have cost me my job. Luckily, I had the three most important things on my side: the truth, faith and John. Thanks to John's encyclopedic legal knowledge and his invaluable experience as a former prosecutor, he helped avoid an arrest and defered the ruling on the civil case until the criminal investigation was complete. I can't emphasize enough that an arrest alone would have cost me my job. This was critical. 6 months after the initial accusations, indisputable forensic and video evidence fully exonerated me. The detective filed the case as unfounded. Yet despite the overwhelming evidence, the accuser insisted on pursuing the civil case. I guess it was important to keep the lie going, and apparently not too much evidence is needed to convince a judge to rule against someone in a civil case.. There was a trial. John was brilliant. The ruling was in our favor. Thank you John Castro.
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Posted by Danny | August 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed!
Me and my wife recently hired John to handle a case we were involved with. He completely over exceeded our expectations and got the case totally dismissed. We couldn't have been happier with the outcome and would highly recommend John Castro if you are looking for a great lawyer in the Tampa area.
Posted by roger | October 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
excellent experience
i would recommend john and his staff to anyone -excellent to work with
Posted by Jay | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Go-to Lawyer for DUI and Criminal Cases
I’ve relied on John any time I’ve needed legal advice and he has come through every time. He also successfully helped a friend I referred to him on a DUI case, and another on a criminal case. He is the only criminal attorney I’m personally willing to recommend.
Posted by Claudia | October 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!!
My daughter and I recently had the need for an attorney in Tampa. Fortunately we had the good luck to work with John Castro. John is very professional, extremely knowledgable, has the patience of a saint....yet able to cut quickly to the chase. John Castro and his staff provided superb service with an excellent outcome. Would highly recommend Attorney John Castro!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
100% Recommended DUI Attorney
John helped me through a very tough time after my first and only DUI arrest. John helped me navigate through the necessary steps and put my mind at ease to tackle the situation at hand. I couldn’t have gotten the outcome I did without him. I 100% recommend him to anybody who finds themselves in need of a DUI attorney.
Posted by Cassidy | February 17, 2015
Good attorney with fair representation
As a client who used him twice, I can say each time we had successful court cases both times. Though I had minor cases to deal with, they were both a drag to have dealt with at all- let alone without John's help. He made sure there was a strong case and gathered enough evidence to make us prevail. He is well worth the time and the money.
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Posted by Gale Langille | February 17, 2014
Great Attorney
John represented my son in a legal matter and John did exactly what he said he would do. He wants the best for his client and is determined to get the best outcome of the situation. John and his staff are professional and are there to answer questions. I would highly recommend John Castro and the Anston Castro Group to get answers to your legal questions and hire the best attorney to help with your legal issues. If I did not hire John my son's outcome could of went against him. I am grateful for his help. If you need an attorney look no where else.
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Posted by Santiago | September 9, 2013
Superb Representation
I would like to thank the entire staff at Anton Castro law firm for handling my case in a very professional manner. After finding myself in a legal situation without notice, I contacted Mr. Castro and explained what transpired and he knew exactly how to handle it. Mr. Castro represented me in court and the judge ruled in my favor, I am able to move on with my life with peace of mind and no longer have to worry about my freedom being jeopardized. Again, Thank you all!
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2013
Awesome Attorney
Attorney John Castro is really dedicated to his clients, and serving their best interests. He is always there when you need him, and I would definately reccomend him!
Posted by noelle | February 4, 2013
great lawyer
a great overall experience. reasonable fees. easily accessable. everything went exactly as he said it would and my case was resolved favorably and quickly.
Posted by Alicia | September 24, 2012
Professional and top notch
During a trying time, I had the pleasure of retaining John Castro as my lawyer, based on the recommendation of a friend. He was able to achieve the best scenario in my case and kept me informed throughout the process. He was thorough and always available to answer my questions. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2012
Thank you, John!!!
John Castro’s legal expertise and level of commitment is matched by no other. As a young professional concerned with keeping a clean criminal record, I spent a fair amount of time doing my home work when looking for representation for my first (and only) DUI. Ultimately, I decided to hire Mr. Castro and it proved to be a great decision. John personally handled my case from start to finish and guided me through the entire process. John encouraged me to contact him anytime a new question or concern came up along the way. Whether it was via email or phone, he always answered my questions fully and promptly. Throughout the process he was always very upfront and honest with the questions I posed. When it came time to go to court, John’s connections and ability to negotiate were vital in helping me achieve my goal of reducing my charge to Reckless Driving. Before we set foot into the courtroom he had already spoken with the prosecutor that was handling my case. They offered a reduced charge of Reckless Driving with adjudication of guilt after John’s first discussion with them. In the courtroom it was clear he was prepared to handle anything that came our way. Eventually he was able to convince the prosecution to reduce my case to Reckless Driving without adjudication of guilt, so I have the opportunity to get these records sealed. He even offered to help me with this process once my probationary period is complete. John told me upfront that I would be able to find representation both less expensive and more expensive than his. For the service I received, I felt he was worth every penny. Without his guidance I don’t know how I would have made it through this stressful time in my life. For anyone seeking legal advice, I highly recommend Anton Castro Law. Thanks again, John!
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Posted by Deborah | September 6, 2011
If I Had Only 1 Word To Describe John Castro: AMAZING
I am actually writing this for what this man has done for my sister, Carol. After another attorney held her case until it was 2 weeks short of the statute of limitations, and then told her to find another lawyer...she was so panic stricken I did not know what to do! She tried many PI attorneys in Florida-but every single one of them refused to take the case so late into it. I was so totally frustrated at being in NC & not being able to help, that I just went on the internet and spent many hours digging up info. Quite by accident I found the AVVO site & thought, "What the heck?" Not only did this man keep in constant contact with her-but HE ACTUALLY FOUND HER AN ATTY IN JACKSONVILLE where the accident actually occurred!!!! He has called her 4 times to reassure her that she need not panic & they WILL help her. I am totally humbled by the amount of time Mr. Castro has put into this & would highly recommend him to anyone in FL who needs help. After reading his bio, I am in awe. There are no words to express how grateful I am for the assistance & reassurance Mr. Castro has given to my sister. His dedication to customer service & excellence in his chosen profession are admirable to say the least.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2011
Dedicated attorney who will give you personal attention
John Castro is knowledgeable in criminal law and personal injury law, and works hard to advocate for his clients. He is extremely dedicated, gives personal attention to each case and routinely updates his clients on the status of the case. I would highly recommend John Castro to anybody looking for a spectacular Tampa criminal law attorney or Tampa personal injury attorney.
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Posted by David | March 16, 2011
Highly Competent and Professional Help
Mr. Castro handled the sealing and expungment of a case I had in Florida from many years ago. I live in New York and it was appreciated that he was able to handle everything long distance with ease. He was proactive in keeping me updated as things moved along, which is not something I have experienced with other law practices. I highly recommend Mr. Castro and his firm He was proactive in keeping me updated as things moved along, which is not something I have expereinced with other law practices. I highly recommend Mr. Castro and his firm
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Posted by John | February 6, 2011
John Castro's competance
I've hired John Castro on two occasions in the last three years. O both cases he performed tremendously! I would highly recommend him to any potenial client!
Posted by Amy | February 6, 2011
Trustworthy Lawyer
When I was faced with a DUI I turned to John Castro as my lawyer. I didn't take the breathalyzer test, but I did the field sobriety test which was documented on video. When I asked John how the video looked he informed that it wasn't going to be an easy case. But he was up for the challenge. And he won that challenge! He not only brought my charges down to reckless driving, but he made me feel very comforted in this scary time of my life. If I ever had any questions he was always there with the answers. Whenever I compare DUI stories with others who have had them, I always feel so lucky to have had John as my lawyer. He did a remarkable job with my case. I HIGHLY recommend him.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Ligori & Sanders P.A.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Anton Castro Law, LLC
  • 2011 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Robin Fuson P.A.
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Bell, Leeper, and Roper P.A.
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Impulsive Youth
  • Charges dismissed after completion of diversion program.

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Volunteer
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • The First Tee of Tampa Bay
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • United Way
  • Volunteer
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • 5 year Sustainer
  • Lawyers for Literacy
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Contributor
  • Lawyers for Literacy
  • 2015
  • Contributor
  • Lawyers for Literacy
  • 2014
  • Nominee
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Contributor
  • Lawyers for Literacy
  • 2014
  • Contributor
  • Lawyers for Literacy
  • 2013
  • Young Lawyers Division Award
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Young Lawyer Division
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • 2012
  • Young Lawyers Division
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • 2011
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • College life and the law
  • Criminal Law
  • 2014
  • Youth and Sexting
  • Criminal Law
  • 2012
  • Business Law
  • 2nd Amendment Rights
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (28)
Litigation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Castro is a fearless lawyer. I tried multiple cases with him as co-counsel. He will fight for you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John and I were opposing counsel on many cases while we both worked in the government sector. He was always well prepared and fair."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a highly talented and knowledgeable attorney. I endorse him."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is extremely knowledgeable. I have even referred him family members. I trust him to represent my family."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend John. He is a skilled, seasoned professional that is very attentive."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. John represents his clients with passion and commitment towards helping them achieve a favorable outcome. Great lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have chosen to endorse John Castro because I have personal knowledge of his legal skills and his courtroom presence. John was an excellent assistant state attorney when he served the State of Florida. He has transitioned into one of the finest criminal defense lawyers in the Tampa Bay area. No suprise to those fellow lawyers who went up against him in court. John's clients are well represented because he cares deeply about every case that he works on."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a really smart person who cares about helping others. He will evaluate your case and give you the straight honest answers that a client should get. If you have a case he'll pursue it vigorously, if you don't he will tell you that as well without the sugar coating."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent attorney and total professional. It's a pleasure to have his firm in our community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Castro understands how to defend a case through trial as well as negotiate with Prosecutors to help secure a dismissal of your case."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is a wonderful attorney that knows how to obtain results. He can be trusted. One of the few attorneys that genuinely cares about your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"One of the sharpest attorneys I have worked with in my career. Consummate professional who is passionate about his practice and serving his client's needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with John at the State Attorney's Office, I can personally attest to the quality of his legal work. If you are arrested or injured, I would highly recommend that you consider hiring John."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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