|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|American Jurisprudence Book Award for Family Law||Southwestern University School of Law||1995|
|Attorney||Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano||2015 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Law Offices of Carla L. Hartley||2012 - 2014|
|Associate Attorney||Law Offices of Guy C. Parvex, Jr.||2010 - 2011|
|Associate Attorney||Ross & Parvex, LLP||2007 - 2010|
|Associate Attorney||Richard Ross Associates||1999 - 2006|
|Associate Attorney||Prudhomme & McCarthy, LLP||1996 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Ventura County Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Ventura County Family Law Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Southwestern Univ SOL||N/A||law||N/A|
|Univ of California at Los Angeles||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
Posted by Priscilla
After recently moving to Oxnard, I needed to hire an attorney. Being new to the area, I didn't know anyone, so I just picked one. The fates were shining down upon me that day and I feel that I could not have chosen a better lawyer. Mr. Castellano was very professional, knowledgeable, realistic, and kind. At a time that was very troubling for me, he had a way of answering all my questions and explaining everything very clearly, and that made things easier to get through my divorce. He listened to what I was trying to say and responded with the best answers. He was fair and honest. I would definitely recommend him to family and friends. He is the very best. If I had to do this over again, I would choose him again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Roger
I was in a highly contested, bitter divorce battle that luckily did not involve children under the age of 18, but two young adult kids (19 & 23), one in college. At first we were going to do this amicably but then she decided that I needed to pay dearly for not wanting to stay married to an out-of-control alcoholic and gambling addict, not to mention a mean, angry person. She lawyered up, and I went through a horrible experience called an alimony hearing. My initial lawyer was a nice guy, but he was unprepared and not very knowledgeable. I got screwed, and I lost all confidence in my legal representation - he was a friend of a friend. So I went attorney shopping. It's amazing how many horrible attorneys there are out there. John Castellano's reviews were excellent, so I gave him a call. It was night and day. First of all, John's knowledge of the law and issues with divorce cases is unmatched. I knew right from the interview that this was going to be a great choice. I had been separated for 18 months and had filed 12 months prior to hiring John, and was nowhere near getting the divorce finalized. John took over and 5 months later, I am divorced and have a settlement that I can live with. And it wasn't easy. As John puts it, my divorce was like an egg balancing on a wire in the middle of an earthquake. Yet somehow he kept that egg from falling and breaking. Some of the best things about John is his advice along the way. He is totally focused on the prize, and helped guide me to stay focused on the endgame too. In these emotional disasters, John helps you keep your head and make smart decisions. He is not a money grubber as he helps you save money along the way and makes sure you don't waste any resources. And a few times along the way I did not follow his advice, and things got very messy. But much to John's credit, he didn't get angry at me (he might have been angry at me when I wasn't present), and he helped get the messes clean up and kept the case on track. It could have easily gotten derailed, but his expertise prevented that from happening. I got to trusting John so much that I asked his advice on other family matters outside of this divorce case. John prepares, communicates with you regularly, and his office staff are also amazing (Charis, Valerie, Dolores all helped out and were always friendly). John is proactive and even-keeled. He has seen a lot, and even when the parties are out of control with emotion, John steadies the boat and keeps it on course. If you are looking for professional representation, John is your attorney and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Natalee
John Castellano helped me navigate through a very emotional and long divorce. I'm not certain there is any other lawyer out there that has as much patience, knowledge, and understanding as Mr. Castellano. He always respected my opinions and was sure to explain my rights when I was clearly making poor decisions. He never "strong armed" me, and always respected my final decision. I would, and already have, recommend his service to anyone needing help.
Steven Kampf, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I have worked with John on a number of cases as opposing counsel. He is always professional, courteous, and treats everyone with the utmost respect. John vigorously advocates for his clients. I endorse this lawyer.