Gabriel Gerardo Castillo was admitted to the California Bar 9th June 2008, but has since been disbarred. Gabriel graduated from Golden Gate University SOL.

Lawyer Information

NameGabriel Gerardo Castillo
First Admitted9 June 2008 (13 years, 5 months ago)
StatusDisbarred
Bar Number256748

Contact

Current Email[email protected]
Previous Email[email protected]
Phone Number831-261-5257

Schools

Law SchoolGolden Gate Univ SOL (San Francisco CA)
Undergraduate SchoolUniv of California Santa Cruz (CA)

Address

Current Address1411 E Orangeburg Ave
Modesto, CA 95355-3115
Map
Previous AddressLaw Office of Gabriel Castillo
137 Central Ave Ste 6
Salinas, CA 93901
Previous AddressLaw Office of Gabriel Castillo
433 Tudor Way
Salinas, CA 93906-7245
Previous Address433 Tudor Way
Salinas, CA 93906-7245

History

17 November 2018Disbarred (3 years ago)
Disbarment 16-O-12015
3 July 2018Not eligible to practice law in CA (3 years, 5 months ago)
Suspended, failed to pay fees
4 June 2018Not eligible to practice law in CA (3 years, 5 months ago)
Ordered inactive 16-O-12015
9 February 2018Not eligible to practice law in CA (3 years, 9 months ago)
Ordered inactive 16-O-12015
19 December 2017Not eligible to practice law in CA (3 years, 11 months ago)
Suspended/Child & Fam Supp noncompliance
29 September 2017Disciplinary charges filed in State Bar Court 16-O-12015 (4 years, 2 months ago)
13 January 2017Active (4 years, 10 months ago)
15 October 2016Not eligible to practice law in CA (5 years, 1 month ago)
Discipline w/actual suspension 15-O-10337
21 December 2015Disciplinary charges filed in State Bar Court 15-O-10337 (5 years, 11 months ago)
9 June 2008Admitted to the State Bar of California (13 years, 5 months ago)

Discipline Summaries

October 15, 2016

GABRIEL GERARDO CASTILLO [#256748], 36, of Salinas, was suspended from the practice of law for 90 days and ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. He was also placed on two years’ probation and faces a one-year suspension if he fails to comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation. The order took effect Oct. 15, 2016.

Castillo was suspended in connection with three client matters. In one of them, he failed to submit documentation to the district attorney’s office regarding his client’s U Visa application or respond to her numerous phone messages asking for an update on her case. He also waited months to refund $1,500 in unearned fees and misrepresented to the client he had submitted the paperwork to the district attorney’s office when he hadn’t.

In a second matter, in which he was hired to help get his client’s domestic violence conviction expunged, Castillo failed to file the petition and did not perform any further work on the client’s behalf. He did not respond to numerous messages from the client and did not return unearned fees.

In a third matter, in which he was hired to represent a man in his pending deportation/removal proceeding, Castillo failed to respond to his client who wanted to talk about an upcoming hearing and did not appear for the hearing. Fortunately, the client was able to hire another attorney just prior to the hearing. Castillo refunded the client $6,000 in unearned fees and provided him with an accounting after the client filed a State Bar complaint against him.

In aggravation, Castillo committed multiple acts of misconduct and waited to return unearned fees until after his former clients filed complaints. In mitigation, he entered into a pretrial stipulation with the State Bar, has performed pro bono services on behalf of several clients needing immigration help, has done volunteer work and serves as a pastor.