Angel Castillo, Jr. has more than 30 years of experience in employment and other civil litigation and in domestic and international arbitrations. Before joining DLD Lawyers as head of the employment law practice group, he served as a partner at the Miami offices of several national employment law firms, including Jackson Lewis, Ogletree Deakins and as Of Counsel at Morgan Lewis.
Mr. Castillo’s legal practice focuses on workplace legal issues. He represents employers in state and federal court litigation and appeals, and before the EEOC and other agencies. He defends employment claims alleging:
- Employment discrimination on the basis of physical and mental disabilities (Americans with Disabilities Act);
- Age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act);
- Gender (including sexual harassment);
- Pregnancy, religious beliefs, race, and national origin (Title VII and the Florida Civil Rights Act);
- Violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage and overtime), the Equal Pay Act (gender-based wage discrimination); and
- Employment-related common law and statutory tort claims such as retaliation (including whistleblower and workers’ compensation wrongful termination claims), battery, defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
He also defends claims alleging that a public building or facility (including online web sites) does not provide proper access to disabled visitors in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Recently Mr. Castillo has expanded the scope of his legal work to include the representation of condominium and homeowner associations (HOAs) in disputes involving claims of statutory violations, breach of contract, and housing discrimination based on protected categories such as race and religion.
Mr. Castillo has worked on Latin American legal issues throughout his years of practice. He has worked with and supervised local lawyers in and visited Mexico as well as many countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America, including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, and Argentina.
Both before and after being admitted to the practice of law, Mr. Castillo had significant work experience in journalism, including working for the New York Times as a legal affairs reporter, and as an assistant managing editor of The Miami Herald and editor-in-chief of its Spanish language edition, now known as El Nuevo Herald, which he helped redesign.
Mr. Castillo is a native of Havana, Cuba who has lived in the United States since high school.
Awards and Recognition
AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected to Florida Super Lawyers, 2006, 2014 – 2016
Selected to South Florida Legal Guide, Labor & Employment
Florida Supreme Court, Circuit Civil Mediator
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1979
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1979
U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, YEAR
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1981
Supreme Court of the United States
L.L.M., Yale Law School, 1980
J.D., University of Florida, 1978
B.A., Stetson University, 1967