Admissions

  • California

Education

University of California Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2011

  • Super Regional Semifinalist, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Honorable Mentions for Best Brief and Best Oral Argument, Moot Court
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing & Research and Moot Court
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Recipient
  • Percy E. Towne Scholarship Recipient

Boston University, B.A., Economics and Political Science, 2008

  • London Internship Program
  • Sydney Internship Program
  • Washington, D.C. Internship Program

Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi; Milan, Italy, Fall 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers 2017 Northern California Rising Stars List
  • American Antitrust Institute 2016 Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer Award
  • Super Lawyers 2016 Northern California Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers 2015 Northern California Rising Stars List

Elizabeth (Tran) Castillo joined Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP (CPM) in 2012 and is a Senior Associate on the Antitrust & Global Competition Team. Her practice focuses on complex litigation—specifically, antitrust class actions against international cartels. Ms. Castillo is the lead associate at CPM on In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (Auto Parts), a multidistrict litigation pending in the Eastern District of Michigan. Auto Parts concerns the bid-rigging and price-fixing of scores of automotive parts and has become the largest indirect purchaser class action in terms of settlement value in history. Ms. Castillo received the American Antitrust Institute’s 2016 Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer Award for her work in Auto Parts.

Ms. Castillo earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (UC Hastings) in 2011. At UC Hastings, she was a Super Regional Semifinalist in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She also received Honorable Mentions for both Best Brief and Best Oral Argument in Moot Court. Additionally, she served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable A. James Robertson II in the Superior County of California, County of San Francisco, and as a Teaching Assistant for both Legal Writing & Research and Moot Court. Throughout law school, Ms. Castillo mentored underserved high school students on preparing for college.

Ms. Castillo received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science, with a concentration in Public Policy, from Boston University (BU) in 2008. At BU, she interned at an international law firm and business advocacy organization in London and Sydney, respectively, during her junior year. Ms. Castillo has national and state legislative experience. She interned for then-U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii, 1991-2010; Governor of Hawaii, 2010-2014) in Washington, D.C. and State Representative Scott Nishimoto (D-Hawaii, 2003-present) in Honolulu.

Ms. Castillo grew up in Honolulu and graduated from ‘Iolani School, but she has been laying roots in the Bay Area for the last nine years. She lives in San Mateo with her husband, Chris. She enjoys good food, great deals, information gathering, meticulous planning, and outdoor adventures.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Ms. Castillo currently represents plaintiffs in the following antitrust class actions in which CPM serves as interim lead or co-lead counsel:

  • In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2311, Master File No. 2:12-md-02311-MOB (E.D. Mich.)
  • In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation, No. 3:14-cv-03264-JD (N.D. Cal.)
  • In re Resistors Antitrust Litigation, No. 5:15-cv-03820-RMW (N.D. Cal.)
  • In re Transpacific Passenger Air Transportation Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1913, Case No. 3:07-cv-05634-CRB (N.D. Cal.)

Community/Civic Activities

Ms. Castillo participates in the United States District Court, Northern District of California’s Federal Pro Bono Project. The Federal Pro Bono Project arranges pro bono counsel for litigants who are referred for appointment of counsel by the Court. In 2015 and 2016, Ms. Castillo represented an inmate who alleged a violation of civil rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. She reached a monetary settlement with the Office of the Attorney General of California two and a half weeks before trial.

Ms. Castillo currently serves as the Co-Chair  of the Asian American Bar Association (AABA)’s Annual Dinner Host Committee. She is organizing AABA’s 42nd Installation Gala at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco on March 22, 2018. The event proceeds allows the AABA to continue (1) promoting diversity in the judiciary, (2) supporting pro bono legal clinics and providing much needed legal assistance to low-income Bay Area residents, and (3) strengthening the networks between our members and with the larger Bay Area legal community.

Ms. Castillo served as the Chair of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC)’s Scholarship Dinner Planning Committee in 2015. She organized VABANC’s 17th Annual Scholarship Dinner at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos on October 9, 2015. The event proceeds support law students committed to serving underprivileged communities and VABANC’s pro bono legal clinics that serve under-resourced communities.

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