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
- 2016 American Antitrust Institute Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer Award
- 2015-2018 Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Stars List
Elizabeth (Tran) Castillo joined Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP (CPM) in 2012 and is a Principal on the Antitrust & Global Competition Team. Her practice focuses on complex litigation—specifically, antitrust class actions against international cartels. Ms. Castillo’s successes include representing End-Payor Plaintiffs in In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (Auto Parts), a multidistrict litigation pending in the Eastern District of Michigan. Auto Parts concerns the bid-rigging, price-fixing, and market allocation 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 Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer Award in 2016 for her work on Auto Parts.
Ms. Castillo has represented clients in both federal and state courts and at all stages of litigation, including discovery, trial, and appeals. While she is involved in all aspects of the cases she litigates, she places emphasis on her discovery and settlement strategy work. She occasionally litigates commercial, civil rights, and personal injury cases. She was part of a trial team that obtained a multimillion-dollar jury verdict for a former Major League Baseball pitcher in 2018.
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, she 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 11 years. She lives in San Mateo with her husband, Chris. She enjoys good food, great deals, information gathering, meticulous planning, and outdoor adventures.
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 Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2656, No. 1:15-mc-01404-CKK (D.D.C.)
- 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.)
Ms. Castillo currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Private Litigation Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association. The Committee focuses on private antitrust enforcement, primarily litigation, around the world. The Committee keeps its members apprised of the introduction and development of efforts in private antitrust enforcement, international civil regimes, and class action rules.
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 a Co-Chair of the Asian American Bar Association (AABA)’s Mentorship Committee. She was a Co-Chair of the AABA’s Annual Dinner Host Committee in 2018 and organized the AABA’s 42nd Annual Gala at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco on March 22, 2018.
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.
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- "Why Antitrust? Perspectives on Careers in Antitrust and Competition Law" American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Global Private LitigationNovember 13, 2018
- "Careers in Antitrust Law" California Lawyers Association, Antitrust, UCL and Privacy SectionOctober 10, 2018
- "Building a Law Career" American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Judicial Intern Opportunity ProgramJune 19, 2018
- July 23, 2016
- July 13, 2015
- March 2018
- 2016Section of Antitrust Law, ABA Book Publishing
- Winter 2015Trying Antitrust, Trial Practice Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association
- Fall 2014Competition, Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, California State Bar
- September 16, 2013Daily Journal
American Bar Association
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
San Mateo County Bar Association
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California
- March 20, 2018
- March 20, 2018Half Moon Bay Review
- March 20, 2018The Mercury News
- March 20, 2018San Francisco Chronicle
- February 28, 2018
- October 5, 2016
- July 19, 2016
- DENSO Agrees to Pay $193.8 Million to Settle Price-Fixing Claims with U.S. Consumers and Businesses in Auto Parts, Bringing Settlement Total to Nearly Half a Billion DollarsJuly 14, 2016
- American Consumers Recovery $225 Million As Court Approves Settlements Against Automotive Parts CartelMay 12, 2016
- Mitsubishi Electric Agrees To Settle Auto Parts Class Action With End-Payor Plaintiffs For $64.23 Million, Bringing Settlement Total To $288 Million PlusApril 15, 2016
- Japanese Transport Company K-Line Agrees to First Civil Settlement Relating to Auto Shipping Price-Fixing ClaimsJuly 27, 2015
- July 16, 2015
- Important Ruling In Automotive Parts Price-Fixing Case Preserves Right Of American Consumers And Businesses To Seek DamagesAugust 27, 2014