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About Castelblanco Law Group, APLC

California Tenant Attorneys

The relationship between a landlord and tenant is a two-way street. Landlords depend on the leases signed by tenants to succeed, and tenants expect their landlords to keep their living conditions up to code and sanitary. However, real estate owners or managers often view their property simply as visible structures instead of homes for families. Some tenants routinely live with rats, termites, cockroaches, deteriorated floors, inoperable toilets and decaying infrastructure.

 

Some slumlords refuse payment from tenants as a tactic to evict them without making repairs. Furthermore, most renters do not have the credit available to purchase a home or rent a property without a large deposit. Unethical practices by landlords not only displace families, but also rob them of their cash deposit and future.

When you do not feel comfortable in your home, it is difficult to feel comfortable anywhere else. Navigating the laws of contract and real estate can be distressing. That is why it is important to have genuine and personal attention from someone with a proven track record of success. The Castelblanco Law Group, A Prof. Law Corp. has over 20 years of experience settling landlord-tenant disputes and protecting renters rights. Our attorneys can fight for your rights to help you feel safe at home. Our attorneys can determine if you have a case, through a consultation. We take pride in our swift and favorable lawsuits from a wide variety of clients.

Eric E. Castelblanco

Eric castelblancoEric E. Castelblanco is one of the foremost California attorneys protecting tenant rights. He is the Founder of the Castelblanco Law Group, APLC. This Los Angeles, California based law firm concentrates its practice exclusively in the area of housing law, particularly representing tenants that live in substandard living conditions.

Mr. Castelblanco has obtained millions of dollars in total settlements for his clients in the last 10 years in the fight to secure their rights.

Since founding his firm in 1995, Mr. Castelblanco has represented thousands of tenants living in medium–to-large residential multi-family apartment complexes in the greater Los Angeles area in actions filed against landlords for a variety of grievances related to unsanitary, unhealthful or unsafe conditions (e.g. rodent infestations, cockroaches, bed bug infestations, raw sewage overflow, leaky ceilings, broken windows, old carpeting, no hot water and abuse from management). Mr. Castelblanco has been successful in securing for his clients numerous multi-million dollar awards from irresponsible landlords.

Mr. Castelblanco is licensed to practice before all California state courts including the State Supreme Court as well as federal courts to include the United States District Court, Central District, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Among his professional affiliations, he is a member of the California State Bar and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Mr. Castelblanco immigrated to the United States and was raised in Los Angeles. He attended Loyola Marymount University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California. Following work as a CPA, he attended Harvard Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree.

Mr. Castelblanco currently resides in Los Angeles. He works closely with numerous non-profit organizations in Los Angeles fighting for better housing conditions for tenants.

Catalina Rodas

 

Picture of Attorney Catalina Rodas, headshotCatalina Rodas received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School, where she was a recipient of the Schumacher Scholarship and a Dean’s Scholar. She graduated in May 2011 in the top 20% of her class.

Catalina was an active member of Southwestern’s Moot Court Honors Program. She won Second Place in Southwestern’s Intramural Moot Court Competition in 2009, and went on to represent Southwestern in two National Moot Court competitions: Gibbons in Newark, New Jersey, where her team finished as octa-finalists; and Wechsler in Washington, D.C., where her team finished as quarter-finalists and won third place all around brief.

In her final year at Southwestern, Catalina served as a law clerk for the Honorable Amy M.Pellman of the Los Angeles Superior Court, assisting with her transition to the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court. She also completed a Biederman Institute Practicum in the area of Copyright and Entertainment Law.

Catalina received her B.S. from the University of Florida (UF), where she attended as a Bright Futures Scholar. While at UF, she served as a Minority Ambassador and a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of Florida, and received the Outstanding Senior Award and Presidential Award of Excellence for her work with the Women’s Leadership Council and the Office of Community Service. She holds an International Baccalaureate diploma from Ft. Myers High School.

Catalina is a passionate advocate of social justice and client empowerment. In 2009, the Women Lawyer’s Association awarded her the Student Leader Award for her work with victims of domestic violence and social injustice. She is the president and co-founder of Hugs From Hollywood, a company dedicated to non-profit development within the entertainment industry. Additionally, she is a volunteer attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles, and is proud to sit on the Resource Board for OPCC’s Sojourn project.

She is currently an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the National Lawyers’ Guild, the Latina Lawyers Association, the Women Lawyer’s Association, and Women in Film. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California and the Federal District Courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Shilpa Anand

Picture of attorney Shilpa AnandShilpa Anand earned her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School, where she was a participant in the two-year accelerated Juris Doctorate program. She was also a recipient of the Wildman Schumacher merit scholarship. At Southwestern Law School, Ms. Anand was recognized as Finalist Writer in the Southwestern Intramural Competition, an award given for writing exceptional Appellate Briefs. She earned a summer clerkship at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, as well as an externship with Castelblanco Law Group, APLC.

Shilpa received her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She graduated in 2010 with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and International Studies. While she was a student at UCSD, Shilpa was President and a member of Delta Phi Omega, Sorority, Inc., was on the Board of the Multicultural Greek Council, a Board Member and Counselor for Camp Kesem UCSD, as well as a Delegate and Chairperson for the UCSD Model United Nations team.

Since 2014, she has volunteered at Inquilinos Unidos, a Los Angeles based tenants’ rights organization. Inquilinos is a non-profit organization that works with thousands of low-income tenants through community organization, education and advocacy. Since being admitted to the California Bar, Shilpa has become a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, and it’s Public Interest Foundation, as well as the Southwestern Law School Nickel Club. She is also an active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), the country’s largest association of plaintiff-side trial lawyers. While working for Castelblanco Law Group, APLC, she has also refined her Spanish language skills. In addition to high school and undergraduate study of the language, she undertook self-study of the Spanish Language, and spent one month in fully-immersive Spanish classes in Lima, Peru. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California and the Federal District Courts.

Aimee Williams

Photo of Aimee WilliamsAimee Williams is an attorney admitted to practice law in California and in her home state of Queensland, Australia. She completed her law degree at Griffith University, Australia, where she graduated with Honours and was awarded the University Award for Academic Excellence and the Academic Prize for Property Law. In addition to Law, she also completed a Bachelor of International Relations with a minor in Spanish Language, and spent a semester studying international law and politics at L’Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

Aimee was a clerk for the Director of Public Prosecutions, specializing in appellate work, before becoming a prosecuting attorney. She has consistently focused on serving dis-empowered communities and promoting access to justice, primarily victims of crime, immigrants and refugees. During law school she served as the editorial assistant to the Queensland Law Handbook, published by Caxton Legal Center, the most comprehensive plain-English legal reference text in the state of Queensland. Beginning in law school and until she left Australia, Aimee also volunteered as an English-language tutor for recently arrived refugees.

Aimee moved to California in 2013 and was admitted to the California Bar shortly thereafter. She has worked as a tenant rights lawyer at non-profit organizations Eviction Defense Network and Inner City Law Center, where she concentrated on preventing the displacement of low-income and vulnerable tenants at risk of homelessness through both litigation and policy advocacy. She is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Ms. Williams is licensed to practice law in California and is fluent in Spanish.

Why Do Our Attorneys Exclusively Represent Tenants?

Evictions and slum housing conditions are serious problems in Los Angeles and throughout California. However, most tenants do not know all the resources available to them during such difficult times. We exclusively represent tenants because we genuinely care about them. Our attorneys passionately believe in providing renters with knowledge that will help them deal with landlords and their vast resources. The lawyers at Castelblanco Law Group, A Prof. Law Corp. can provide:

  • Advice and information. Real estate laws and terms are ever-changing. Our attorneys will keep you informed of time-sensitive filings and updates to laws.
  • Designing, inspecting and improving lease agreements. We can help you determine if there is any overlap with your lease agreement and California real estate laws, or if your landlord is acting unlawfully.
  • Identifying violations. It is against the law for a landlord to allow violations to go unaddressed for over 35 days. We can help determine if your home has any safety violations or unsanitary conditions. We can also determine if the city or county housing department inspectors have ordered a landlord to perform repairs.
  • Security deposit protection and eviction protection. Just because something is illegal does not mean a slumlord will not do it. Many landlord-tenant disputes involve security deposits illegally being withheld or tenants illegally being evicted. Our tenant attorneys can determine whether what is happening to you is legal. If not, then we can help you fight back.

Call Our Tenant Attorneys Today for an Initial Consultation

Is your relationship with your landlord strained? Are you concerned that a manager may be planning to evict you or someone you love? Or have you found the perfect place to live and want to make sure that the lease is fair?

Our attorneys believe you have the right to live in a home free of rodent infestations, leaky ceilings, broken windows and other poor conditions. Call (213) 893-8881 or contact us online to reach one of the attorneys at Castelblanco Law Group, A Prof. Law Corp. We can determine whether you may have a case and also explain your legal options.

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