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Joseph Anthony Castagnola

General practice Attorney at Petaluma, CA

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. General practice
    I have an immense passion for the law. No matter the area of the law. However, my expertise is not always suited for a specific case. In addition to what is listed below, criminal defense & police abuse of rights are strong areas of interest.

    5 years

  2. Mediation
    There in nothing more satisfying than assisting adversaries in coming to an effective, mutually beneficial agreement. Mediation is a fantastic tool, & like any tool, when used correctly, it can produce magnificent results where litigation fails.

    5 years

  3. Real estate
    For Sale By Owner (FSBO) properties are something I help take the confusion out of. Breach of contract as well as home defect cases are common and you should not have to put up with it! I fight for your rights to achieve the results your deserve.

    5 years

  4. DUI and DWI
    You have been arrested for a driving while intoxicated. What now? Give my office a call and we can discuss your options moving forward. I can begin, in many cases, with making your first appearance on your behalf so you don't miss work.

    5 years

  5. Commercial real estate

    5 years

  6. Residential real estate
    Buyers often contact me because the Seller typically pays my fee and my clients pay me nothing! I even credit my clients half of the fee that the sellers pay me. This typically means $,$$$ in YOUR pocket just for using me as your broker/attorney.

    5 years

Joe Castagnola, Attorney and Mediator

With strong professional qualifications and a track record for success, this highly experienced and educated attorney and mediator has demonstrated the ability to achieve impressive outcomes in challenging circumstances. Joe has a proven and unmatched ability analyze complicated situations and implement solutions to exceed desired results.


Real Estate Sales:

With over fourteen years of real estate sales/mortgage experience as a broker, Joe brings a dynamic to real estate transactions that most attorneys can't and that no real estate agent can.

Give Joe a call about any real estate transaction including FSBOs for a free consultation.

Get better results with a real estate attorney in your corner.


Solutions Based Mediation:

Because mediation is not a “one size fits all" option, as a mediator, Joe specializes in working with the parties to develop effective solutions that are appropriate for their unique situation.

Joe will mediate disputes in the areas of: family law, employment disputes, business disputes, disputes with an emphasis on real estate or insurance issues, and interpersonal disputes.

It is important to Joe that he works with parties engaged in a dispute where mediation is appropriate; therefore he does not charge for initial consultations. During your initial consultation, Joe will personally speak with either or both parties over the phone or in person so that all sides can make an educated decision as to the most prudent way to proceed.

While Joe does not always find that mediation is right for every situation, he commonly recommends an attempt to mediate a dispute prior to taking the more aggressive approach of legal action. That is because mediation often proves to be more effective, saves time, emotion, and money; and because in mediation, nothing bad should happen… When an agreement is reached through mediation, it is because both sides have agreed to it. This is much different than where a judge or an arbitrator tells the parties what the outcome will be. And since the opinions of judges and arbitrators can and do vary, mediation is a much “safer” first option.

Joe has an efficient and productive mediation style, so much so that he prefers that the parties bring snacks and drinks for themselves to avoid unnecessary interruptions in the mediation session as progress in made. Joe maintains neutrality at all times, and is completely dedicated to facilitating success.

Two things that Joe is not is a therapist or an arbitrator. These are important acknowledgements because he does not make decisions for the parties or force them into agreements. While he does find it very important to hear and understand the emotional aspects of a dispute, Joe keeps the mediation process on track so that it does not begin to resemble a therapy session.

In addition to numerous hours of training and continuing education in mediation, Joe has over ten years of experience working in the real estate, mortgage, and insurance industries; experience in working with Fortune 500 Companies; as well as in domestic, landlord/tenant, and family disputes.

Mediation Financial Assistance:

Everyone should have access to quality dispute resolution services at an affordable price. Through the Mediation Financial Assistance Program, you may qualify for a reduction of up to $100 per hour in your mediation fees. Ask about the Mediation Financial Assistance Program when you contact us for more information.

Licensed for 5 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2017
Updated 12/06/2022

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

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Joseph Anthony Castagnola
133 1/2 Kentucky St.
Petaluma, CA, 94952


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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-350 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-45%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 5.8 (Average)


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • California Department of Real Estate
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Petaluma General practice Lawyer Joseph Anthony Castagnola
Joseph Anthony Castagnola
General practice Attorney
Petaluma, CA
Licensed for 5 years
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