All Press Releases for April 13, 2015

Attorney Joel B. Castro Litigates Major Complex Construction Cases

Castro & Associates specializes in multi-party construction litigation

In 2015, he was honored with the prestigious Robert Flaig Award as the "Outstanding Construction Attorney."

    LOS ANGELES, CA, April 13, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Joel B. Castro, Owner and Managing Partner of Castro & Associates, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in construction defect litigation.

Mr. Castro graduated from UCLA Law School in 1975, working for the California Attorney General during his last year. He then established his private practice in 1977. Soon he began representing condominium homeowner associations as general counsel and a variety of property owners. Now, nearly 40 years later, he has litigated most types of major complex construction cases for residential, commercial and industrial projects. He is known throughout the industry for his skill in litigating multi-patty cases that have set new forensic investigation standards following the Northridge, CA earthquake. In 2015, he was honored with the prestigious Robert Flaig Award as the "Outstanding Construction Attorney."

As a leading expert on legal information related to seismic activity, Mr. Castro is often contacted by the Los Angeles Times, the National Science Foundation and National Geographic. He is a contributing editor to the California Construction Law Reporter, and his landmark article entitled "Cosmetically Repaired Welded Steel Moment frames: A Clear Risk of Disaster" appeared in its March 1997 edition. He has lectured extensively on the subjects of steel design, fabrication and manufacture, as well as welding procedures, construction litigation and seismic safety. His firm won the first death cases resulting from the collapse of unreinforced masonry buildings due to the 2003 earthquake in San Simeon, CA Castro & Associates has tried and resolved a variety of complex construction cases, including a $23,000,000 jury award for land subsidence cases in Monterey Hills, and $12,000,000 for a 660 unit complex in Woodland Hills, CA, in only 14 months. He was "Lead Counsel" in the Northridge Meadows death cases following the Northridge Earthquake.

Recently inducted into Worldwide Registry, he also maintains affiliation with the California Bar Association, CEB, American Bar Association "Construction Law" and "Trial Practice" divisions, the American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association "Construction" Section of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, EERI, ASCE, BOMA, and the U.S. Naval Institute. He is an annual recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell "AV" top rating, and an annual recipient of both the Thomson Reuters "Super Lawyer" designation and the "Top Attorney" Southern California, designation.

In recognition of his dedication to the field of multi-party construction litigation, Mr. Castro was honored with the Jennifer Myrick Justice Advocacy Award in 2012, for the San Simeon Earthquake death cases and published opinion. In his spare time, Mr. Castro speaks at local schools to inspire others to consider a career in law and has invested countless hours in youth sports. He is the proud recipient of the "Jake Kuredjian Service Award" bestowed for his landmark efforts in securing the Malibu Bluff Park for the Malibu Little League.

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