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Joseph D Castagno

Family Attorney at San Clemente, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    In nearly 30 years of practice, I have handled more than 1500 matters. These have included simple no asset/no children matters as well as 50 year marriages and estates in excess of $100,000,000.00 in assets.

    41 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Child custody
    I have handled hundreds of child custody matters. These include "parent alienation" allegations, hotly contested child custody battles and "move away" cases. I always focus on what is best for the children and instruct my client to do what is best for their children; not necessarily what the client desires. I have been appointed by the Superior Court to represent minors in child custody matters.

    41 years, 750 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    I have handled domestic violence matters for both the accused as well as the victim. I have also handled domestic violence matters in the criminal arena. I have done pro bono work for Laura's House.

    41 years, 100 cases


Joseph D. Castagno





Born:May 1, 1959-  Torrance, California

Education:Loyola Marymount University- B.A. (English), 1980

Loyola Law School (Los Angeles)- Juris Doctorate, 1983

Admissions:All California State Courts- 1983

Federal District Court-  Southern District of California- 1983

Federal District Court-  Central District of California- 1984

Distinctions:Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem

Los Angeles County Superior Court Family Mediator

Court Appointed Counsel to Represent Minors

Associations:Rotary International

California Bar Association

Laguna Niguel Business Club

South Orange County Bar Association- Secretary, 1995-1996

South Orange County Bar Association- Treasurer, 1996-1997

South Orange County Bar Association- Vice President, 1997-1998

South Orange County Bar Association- Bd of Directors, 1999-2000

                Busniess Network International- 2003-present         

Representative Clients

         Tony Martin- National Football League 

Jamal Williams- National Football League

Gasco Federal Credit Union

Whittier Gentelco Federal Credit Union

Osmar Jewelers


History:Law Offices of Gary R. Carlin- January, 1984 to October, 1984

Solton, Jacobs & Castagno- November, 1984 to December, 1992

(Managing Partner- 1990-1992)

Tredway, Brandmeyer & Lumsdaine- January, 1993 to March, 1994


Joseph D Castagno
1181 Puerta Del Sol
Suite 140
San Clemente, CA, 92673

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Posted by Christine | October 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledge, Experience, Calm and Reassuring
I am so grateful and appreciative of Mr. Castagno's hard work, knowledge, experience, and calm, reassuring attitude, it really made a difference for me personally. I would not have made it through all of this without him!
Posted by Bo | May 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A one and only....professional, empathic, and sharp.
I have known and worked with Joseph for the past 8 years. In those years I have very briefly used two other attorneys, but I have regretted that decision both times. I have found no one who can provide the level of service and professionalism that Mr. Castagno provides.
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2012
Mr. Castagno is an excellent Attorney! He always returned my phone calls in a timely manner and always kept me in the loop. He is a true professional! He is a very bright and sharp guy, and will always treat you like you are his most important client!


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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Joseph D. Castagno
  • 1994 - Present


  • Loyola Law School
  • law
  • N/A
  • Loyola Marymount Univ
  • undergraduate
  • N/A


  • South Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • South Orange County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2000
  • South Orange County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 1997 - 1998
  • South Orange County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 1996 - 1997
  • South Orange County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 1995 - 1996
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Honors and Awards

  • Amjur Award- Taxation
  • Amjur
  • 1982
  • Amjur- Civil Procedure
  • Amjur
  • 1981

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly meeting of South Orange County Bar Association
  • Crossover Pitfalls to Avoid in Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Endorse Joseph
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Joseph on a number of matters. His knowledge and experience is unparalleled. There is a reason his name carries such high regard in the family law community."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe and I have worked as co-counsel on numerous family law cases. His experience and wisdom is invaluable."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I gladly endorse this lawyer. I have had cases in opposition with Joe and each time I found him to be a formidable opponent, yet courteous, professional and of high integrity. He is a quality attorney and a gentleman."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joseph Castagno is an experienced family law lawyer. The representation of his clients is tempered with good judgment and fairness."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Joe Castagno for over 20 years and have opposed him on a few cases during that time. It has always been a pleasure working with Joe as he is always well prepared and well versed in the law. Joe takes a reasonable approach to his cases and vigorously represents his clients. If I had a family law matter, I would not hesitate to hire Joe."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joseph D. Castagno is an elite family law attorney in Orange County. I had the pleasure of co-chairing two separate family law trials with Mr. Castagno. His 29 years of experience as an attorney was evident from the moment he set foot in the court rooms. He had a thorough understanding of the facts of the case, his grasp of evidentiary objections was clear, his demeanor in the court room was excellent, and he had total control over the proceeding before him. What’s more it was clear the judges respected him. Needles to say we won both trials and even obtained an order from the Court requiring the other party to repay our client's attorney fees. Joe has now become a trusted colleague and our office often turns to him when we need his family law expertise."
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Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation