Los Angeles, CA/Press/November 26, 2018 – (Deceased) Mr. Joel B. Castro, Attorney and recognized expert in construction litigation, with the firm Castro & Associates, was selected for inclusion as a President’s Circle Member into the Top Attorneys of North America 2018-2019 edition of The Who’s Who Directories.
Castro & Associates were high tech trial attorneys and specialists in multi-party construction litigation. They were experts in California construction, defect and property law. The firm was a pioneer in handling death, injury and property damage cases from construction defects and collapses in existing structures. Castro & Associates has proudly recovered over $300,000,000 on behalf of their clients.
In 2009, Castro & Associates tried and won the first death cases resulting from the collapse of an URM building during the San Simeon Earthquake. In the landmark case Myrick v. Mastagni, California building owners were held liable for failing to retrofit unreinforced buildings that cause death or injury to occupants. The case went to the California Supreme Court and was ordered published. Additionally, they were the first construction law firm to: Win a punitive damage award in a construction defect case; Win the first death cases resulting from unreinforced masonry buildings; Win a “gross negligence” defect, mold infestation and personal injury case; Win a 10 month jury trial for deep landfill failure in a land subsidence case; Win an engineering design defect case in a 4 month jury trial; Win the first structural flat slab jury award.
Upon graduating law school in 1976, Attorney Castro spent a short time with the California Attorney General, Criminal Appellate Division, and started private practice in 1977. He has litigated most types of major complex construction cases and has performed structural, waterproofing, soils and general construction investigations for commercial, industrial and residential projects. He has been cited by the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily Journal for his skill in complex multi-party cases setting new standards for forensic investigations following the collapse of the Northridge Meadows complex during the Northridge Earthquake.
Mr. Castro, was recognized as an expert in construction litigation, was often called upon to give seminars to Bar Associations, often quoted in the media and also published in National Geographic Magazine. To Read More ->
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