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Rafael Castellanos practices business law in San Diego as a Partner with Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP.  He represents companies and individuals in a variety of business transactions as well as providing general business counsel.  His practice includes, among other areas, structured venture capital transactions; purchases and sales of commercial real estate, business entities, and other commercial assets; real property and equipment leasing; real estate development; secured and non-secured financings; and risk management planning.  Prior to joining Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP, Rafael was an associate with Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP in San Diego and before that with Loeb & Loeb LLP in Los Angeles.  He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2002 as a Cornerstone Scholar, and received a B.A. in History from Arizona State University in 1999.  He is a member of the California State Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Mexican American Business and Professional Association.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and Teach for America - San Diego.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Project Finance: 25%
    14 years
  2. Real Estate: 15%
    14 years
  3. Contracts: 15%
    14 years
  4. Construction: 15%
    14 years
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Hourly ($290-320/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Solomon Minton Cardinal LLP

701 B Street, Suite 1775
San Diego, CA, 92101-8104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Young AttorneysSan Diego Daily Transcript2008
Top Young AttorneysSan Diego Daily Transcript2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSolomon Minton Cardinal LLP2010 - Present
Associate AttorneySolomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP2007 - 2010
Associate AttorneyLoeb & Loeb LLP2002 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
MANA de San DiegoDirector and General Counsel2009 - Present
San Diego La Raza Lawyers AssociationDirector2009 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Arizona State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hot Topics in Business LawCommercial Leasing2010
Fundamental Considerations in Forming a Nonprofit Organization WebinarNon-Profit Corporations2010
Fundamentals of Business EntitiesBusiness Entities2009