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Joshua A. del Castillo

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Biography

Joshua A. del Castillo is a litigation, creditors' rights, and regulatory compliance attorney practicing in the Firm's Receiverships, Lenders & Special Creditor Remedies; Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy; and Corporate Finance practice groups. Joshua's practice includes general business litigation, bankruptcy and receiverships, and regulatory compliance. Joshua represents a wide range of clients including banks and other institutional lenders, developers, receivers, monitors, secured and unsecured creditors, and other business enterprises.

Joshua has served as general litigation counsel for institutional lenders and administrators of securitized trusts throughout the state and federal court systems in California, including in connection with actions challenging the enforceability of securitized loans and associated security instruments, and frequently represents creditors in related bankruptcy proceedings. In this context, Joshua has developed significant experience in defending against efforts to divest secured creditors of their statutory and contractual rights, as well as supervising other counsel in similar matters nationwide.

Joshua also regularly serves as counsel for court-appointed permanent receivers in enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and other federal agencies, including in actions alleging the operation of Ponzi-like investment schemes or fraudulent business practices. Joshua's receiver clients are regularly tasked with taking over the entities used to perpetrate a fraud or other unlawful conduct, conducting necessary forensic accountings, documenting (for the benefit of the appointing court) the unlawful conduct itself, and recovering available proceeds for distribution, where possible. Joshua likewise maintains an active real property receivership practice, advising lender and receiver clients on the propriety of a receivership for a given circumstance and on the management and disposition of receivership estate property. In this context, Joshua has secured the appointment of receivers in hotly contested real property disputes and assisted real property receivers with the administration of environmentally compromised and other unusual commercial properties, including in connection with efforts to sell such properties out of receivership.

Joshua further maintains a growing regulatory compliance practice, with a focus on the Dodd-Frank Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and other related federal and state statutes. Joshua has successfully represented lenders and other business enterprises in litigation alleging regulatory violations, as well as provided regulatory compliance and analysis advice to lenders, investment and telecommunications companies, public interest organizations, and others.

Joshua has represented clients before state and federal courts throughout California, including the California Court of Appeal, the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Joshua has been an active participant in and advocate for pro bono work since his arrival at Allen Matkins, and presently serves as a pro bono bankruptcy and litigation advisor to the Wage Justice Center, a public-interest organization that collaborates with community groups, workers’ centers and legal services providers to advance low-income workers’ rights, educate workers, and advocate on the law and best practices for collecting unpaid wages. Joshua has also represented clients, pro bono, in Constitutional rights, creditors' rights, regulatory compliance, and securities matters.

Memberships

  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • California Receivers Forum
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • National Association of Federal Equity Receivers

Accolades

  • Pro Bono Award, Wage Justice Center (2009)
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers'  Southern California Rising Stars (2012 - 2015)

Rated by Super Lawyers

Education

Joshua received his B.A. in economics, cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 1996. He received his M.A. in anthropology, with a subspecialty in economic anthropology and development, from the University of Michigan in 1998, advancing to Ph.D. candidacy in 2000. In 2005, Joshua received his J.D. from USC Gould School of Law.

While in law school, Joshua was awarded an Olin Foundation/USC Center for Law, Economics, and Organization scholarship, and was selected as a member of the inaugural class of USC Law School Summer Fellows. In addition, Joshua was a member of the law school's Hale Moot Court Honors Program, placing as a semi-finalist, and later served as an editor on the Hale Moot Court Board and was a member of the USC National Moot Court team.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • All California state courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (including Bankruptcy Court)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California (including Bankruptcy Court)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California (including Bankruptcy Court)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (including Bankruptcy Court)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States