Audie de Castro practices in business litigation and transactional law. He started his career working on high stakes estate and trust litigation in San Francisco and then joined a larger commercial/business law firm in San Diego. He has extensive experience in litigating business, corporate, real estate and investment matters, including fraud or misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, securities, franchise, accounting, and breach of contract claims. He has obtained large settlements and has won trials.
A former CPA, Mr. de Castro is also a successful transactional attorney who has closed major deals. He handles 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.
As the Honorary Consul of the Republic of the Philippines, he is the lone Philippine official representative in San Diego County, which has one of the largest Filipino-American populations in the United States. He is also the Vice President of the San Diego Consular Corps.
Mr. de Castro is prominently involved in civic affairs. He previously served on the Board of Governors for the San Diego Foundation. He is the past Chairman of the Consolidated Plan Advisory Board for the city, which advises the City Council on the distribution of millions of dollars of community development block grant funds. He is former Vice-Chair and Commissioner of the City of San Diego Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission. He is also past President of the Asian Business Association of San Diego and the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of LEAD San Diego (2003). Mr. de Castro has received numerous awards for his community service, including from the Asian Business Association of San Diego (2016), San Diego County Bar Association (2015), and Asian Pacific American Coalition (2014). He has also received a Star Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League, President’s Award of Community Service from the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego, and Pan Pac Honors Award from the Pan Pacific Law Enforcement Association.
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 District, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of San Diego. Prior to law school, Mr. de Castro practiced as a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive).