The firm was founded in 2003 and has offices in the financial district of downtown San Diego. Its shareholder, Audie de Castro, previously worked for a larger corporate law firm. He founded his own firm so that he could offer much more personalized services at reasonable rates. We have a business approach to practicing law. We learn our clients’ businesses and listen to their needs. Our focus on the specific needs of clients helps us achieve legal and business success for them cost-effectively. That is why we have been retained to represent private and publicly traded companies, domestic and international. We have represented clients in the United States and other countries, including Canada, China, Germany, the Philippines and the UK. Audie de Castro is the Philippine Honorary Consul of San Diego.
We have represented domestic and international clients on a regular basis over many years. We advise them on day-to-day business matters as corporate counsel. We have successfully negotiated and closed complex, multi-million dollar deals. Some of our key business practice areas include corporate governance, limited liability company laws, securities offerings and compliance, mergers & acquisitions, commercial real estate, licensing and distributorships, and business agreements.
Our clients trust us to represent them when they are involved in major disputes, no matter the opponent. We have successfully handled contentious and high stakes litigation in state and federal courts, including cases involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder and partnership disputes and arbitration, fraud, securities, franchise, real estate, and other commercial disputes. We advise our clients to be practical about resolving disputes. But we will vigorously litigate disputes when it makes business sense to do so, including going to trial.
We are a full-service business and civil law firm. We successfully handle both transactional and litigation matters for businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and individuals.
We practice in the following areas:
Audie de Castro practices in business litigation and transactional law. He has extensive litigation experience in litigating business, corporate, employment, real estate and investment matters, including fraud or misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, securities, franchise disputes, accounting, and breach of contract claims. His clients include companies in biotech, manufacturing, real estate, services, hospitality, and health care.
He has achieved significant success at various levels, from obtaining large settlements to winning trials. In 2023, he won $20 million in a federal lawsuit for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and securities law violations. In 2022, he represented voters in enforcing the Voting Rights Act against the City of National City, resulting in the City transitioning its election system from at-large voting to district voting for the first time in its history. Mr. de Castro has received recognition as a Super Lawyer (Business Litigation) by Super Lawyer Magazine in 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.
In his transactional practice, he has closed complex and large transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, franchising, licensing, distributorships, and commercial real estate deals. He has represented public and private companies, investors and entrepreneurs.
He is also General Counsel for several companies, including OpSam Health, a federally qualified health center, and San Diego Workforce Partnership, the local workforce development board.
Mr. de Castro graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was a senior staff member of the University of San Francisco Law Review and McAuliffe Honor Society (top 10%). He is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the U.S. District Courts in the Northern, Southern and Central Districts, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He received a business degree from the University of San Diego and obtained a CPA license (inactive).
He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. de Castro previously taught Business Associations at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Since 2014, Mr. de Castro has served as the official government representative of the Republic of the Philippines, for San Diego County. He is the country’s Honorary Consul and overseas a jurisdiction of over 200,000 constituents.
Mr. de Castro is also a leader in civic affairs. He previously served on the Board of Governors for the San Diego Foundation. He is also past President of the Asian Business Association of San Diego and the Filipino-American Lawyers of San Diego. He is a graduate of LEAD San Diego (2003).
He enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, exercising, and cooking. He speaks Tagalog and English.
Amanda-Dawn Natalia is a transactional partner with the firm, with a focused practice in business and estate law. Ms. Natalia has extensive experience supporting clients of all types, whether individuals, entities, or organizations. She works with matters in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, real estate, corporate governance, business succession, and general business and contracting needs, as well as estate planning, probates/conservatorships/guardianships, and trust administrations.
Ms. Natalia is committed to providing her clients with exceptional legal counsel, while remaining focused on compassionate client care, to help her clients move through what are often dynamic and challenging life events.
Ms. Natalia is a proud to be a San Diego native, who holds degrees from San Diego State University (Go Aztecs!) and California Western School of Law. In law school, she won top of the class recognition for Pre-Trial Practice, Alternative Dispute Resolutions, and she received numerous honors for her academic achievements.
Ms. Natalia sits on the Board of Directors and is the General Counsel for the San Diego-based non-profit, Community Wellness Collaborative. Ms. Natalia also gives back to her local community by regularly volunteering with the YMCA of San Diego County, the City of La Mesa, and her children’s schools.
Ms. Natalia finds her greatest joy in spending time with her husband and two young kids. She has a passion for the outdoors and can regularly be found camping, hiking, or horseback riding with her family at one of the many beautiful parks or reserves throughout the County.
Jonathan practices business litigation and represents both individuals and businesses in their various legal needs. He began his legal career in one of California’s largest workers’ compensation defense firms. He then joined a plaintiff’s personal injury firm, before making his way to business litigation. Jonathan’s varied legal experience allows him to assist clients with their legal needs beyond business litigation.
Jonathan received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University in 2015 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego in 2018 with a concentration on business and corporate law. He passed the bar in 2018, is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the U.S. Southern District Court, and is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association. He also speaks Romanian.
He spends his free time, traveling, trying new foods, and watching e-sports with friends
John represents businesses and individuals in their various legal needs, including litigation, corporate and transactional work, real estate matters, employment-related issues, and class action defense. Having worked as general counsel for two companies, John brings a business world practicality to his practice of law.
John received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994 and graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1998, where he was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. After passing the California bar exam, he practiced with the mid-sized law firm Hayes Simpson Greene LLP until late 2001, when he started his own practice. Since then, he has practiced with a partner and as a solo practitioner, and he established John R. Mayer, A Professional Law Corporation in 2005.
John has been active in the community for many years, having served as president and a board member of San Diego Teen Court, a non-profit peer sentencing program for first-time juvenile offenders, and on the board of directors for Outdoor Education Foundation, a non-profit fundraiser for Sixth Grade Camp at Cuyamaca. John is also a licensed California real estate broker.
John is married, to wife Vanessa, and they have two young boys (Jordan and Nash).
Ms. Borge is a multilingual translator and interpreter. Fluent in four languages, she speaks Russian, Ukrainian, English and French. She graduated from Kyiv National Linguistic University and received a certification from the University of Geneva and a private French school in Nice, France. She is a member of American Translators Association and Association of Translators & Interpreters in the San Diego area. Participated in Model United Nations and European Youth Parliament sessions.
Ms. Borge has a background in law, business and finance and is the firm’s paralegal. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Borge held a legal internship in the San Diego Superior Court and worked in a personal injury law firm. She is a member of the San Diego Paralegal Association. Ms. Borge is a volunteer translator and interpreter for a local non-profit law center that provides services to victims of human and civil rights violations and is a Special Recognition Awardee of the 2022 La Mancha Awards. With her strong international background, she also handles consular matters for the Philippine Consulate, San Diego.
In her free time, Ms. Borge enjoys reading, hiking and photography.
We are centrally located within the financial district of downtown San Diego. We are on the 17th floor of the Bank of America Building. Our offices are within walking distance of Federal and State courthouses. Our contact information is below: 701 B Street, Suite 1745
San Diego, California 92101
Phone: (619) 702-8690
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