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

  • 2019 American Antitrust Institute Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice Award
  • 2016 American Antitrust Institute Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer Award
  • 2015-2019 Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Stars List

Elizabeth Tran Castillo joined Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP (CPM) in 2012 and is a Partner 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 and Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Award in 2019 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 other types of cases. For example, she was part of a trial team that obtained a multimillion-dollar economic loss jury verdict for a former Major League Baseball pitcher in 2018. Ms. Castillo has been named to the Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Stars List each year since 2015.

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 third 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 since 2008. She lives in San Mateo with her husband, Chris. She enjoys good food, great deals, meticulous planning, and outdoor adventures.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Ms. Castillo currently represents plaintiffs in the following antitrust class actions in which CPM serves as lead or co-lead counsel and has secured outstanding results:

  • In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2311, Master File No. 2:12-md-02311-MOB (E.D. Mich.) ($1.2 billion+ in settlements to date)
  • In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation, No. 3:14-cv-03264-JD (N.D. Cal.) ($80.85 million in settlements to date)
  • In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2656, No. 1:15-mc-01404-CKK (D.D.C.) ($60 million in settlements to date)
  • In re Resistors Antitrust Litigation, No. 5:15-cv-03820-JD (N.D. Cal.) ($33.4 million in settlements)
  • In re Transpacific Passenger Air Transportation Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1913, Case No. 3:07-cv-05634-CRB (N.D. Cal.) ($148.152 million in settlements)

Community/Civic Activities

Ms. Castillo has served on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section of the California Lawyers Association since 2018. The Section is dedicated to furthering the knowledge of its members about antitrust, unfair competition, trade regulation, and privacy issues under state and federal laws through education programs, publications, and other activities.

Ms. Castillo has served as a Co-Chair of the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) since 2017. She currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee. The Committee matches law students and young attorneys each year so that mentees can receive advice about their coursework and career from senior mentors. Ms. Castillo previously served as Co-Chair of the Annual Dinner Host Committee.

Ms. Castillo also participates in the following organizations:

  • Co-Chair, Trying Antitrust, Trial Practice Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association (2019-)
  • Advisory Board Member, Global Private Litigation Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association (2018-)
  • Volunteer, United States District Court, Northern District of California’s Federal Pro Bono Project (2015-)
  • Chair, Scholarship Dinner Planning Committee, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (2016)

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

Publications

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

San Mateo County Bar Association

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California

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