I have been an attorney for over 25 years. During my career, I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in various employment, real estate and business disputes. I have had tremendous success in both jury trials and arbitrations.
Because my firm is small, I can give each case the attention it deserves so that the client has the best chance of achieving victory at trial. I never forget that your case is the most important case to you.
I also know that my clients do not want to be involved in litigation because it takes away time and resources that should be devoted to running and growing a business. That is why I provide my clients day-to-day advice to ensure their compliance with state and federal laws and to develop risk management programs.
And if one of my clients is involved in litigation, I work diligently to resolve the case without compromising the client's interests and goals. Because my opponents know that I have the experience to win at trial, I can achieve excellent settlement results for my clients.
I have extensive training and experience in negotiation and settlement techniques. Not only do I use these skills to help my clients, but I also act as a private mediator, helping others settle disputes. I mediate all types of cases including real estate disputes, business disputes and personal injury case.
I was named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. I was also nominated for a 2012 Trusted Advisor Award by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. I was one of only 40 attorneys in the entire San Fernando Valley who were nominated. I have also been recognized by the Los Angeles Superior Court for my volunteer services as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutral. I am a member of the State Bar of California and I am also licensed to practice in the United States District Court, Central District.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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I became acquainted with Mr. DeCastro when he was retained to represent a defendant in a contentious sexual harassment case in which I was Plaintiff’s counsel. The case was a long and difficult one, filled with difficult parties, several depositions and mediations. Through it all, I found Mr. De Castro to know the law and have sound strategies in the litigation process. However, more importantly, he always acted in the best interest of his client. Too often, defense firms churn defense cases in an effort to make more money. That was not the case here. Here, Mr. De Castro was efficient, yet thorough. He clearly advocated on behalf of his client, but never lost respect for any of the parties or the legal process. For these reasons, I refer all defense cases to DeCastro and Morrow.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2016|
|Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2014|
|Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2013|
|Trusted Advisor nominee||San Fernando Valley Business Journal||2012|
|Partner||De Castro & Morrow, LLP||2005 - Present|
|Partner||De Castro & Schweitz||1998 - 2005|
|Senior Associate||Jones Hirsch Connors & Bull||1996 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Boys and Girls Club Greater Conejo Valley||Member - Human Resources Sub-Committee||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section||N/A||2005 - Present|
|State Bar of California||N/A||1991 - Present|
|Defense of Class Action||Settlement|
|Defense of Class Action||Settlement|
|Defense of Sexual Harassment||Settlement|
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|De Castro & Morrow Website - free report||The Top Ten Mistakes Every Employer Makes That Can Turn Into a Lawsuit||2013|
|Loyola Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|Univ of California at Los Angeles||Kinesiology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1987|
|Human Resources Council of Central Coast||How to Fire An Employee Without Getting Burned||2016|
|Employer Advisory Council||How to Fire an Employee Without Getting Burned||2013|
|Professionals in Human Resources Association||Common Mistakes Employers Make and How to Avoid Them||2012|
|De Castro & Morrow Seminar Series||Employment Law||2012|