Eric 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 infestation, cockroach, 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 received her JD 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, 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.
Attorney Natalie D. Mere obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2011. At KingHall, Ms. Mere was a member of the La Raza Law Student Organization and served as Co-Chair for Cesar Chavez Week in 2009. Ms. Mere was the recipient of the Witkin Award for submitting the top legal research paper in Critical Race Studies. In addition, she interned with the Yolo County Family Law Facilitator’s Office.
Even before attending law school, Ms. Mere had a strong passion for serving underserved communities. While earning her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, Ms. Mere was a volunteer tutor to elementary children in low-income and immigrant communities and also interned for the Los Angeles County Superior Court Self Help clinics. Since being admitted to the State Bar, Ms. Mere has dedicated her practice to tenants’ rights and improving their living conditions.
Ms. Mere is licensed to practice law in the State of California. She is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, and the Women’s Lawyer Association of Los Angeles. Ms. Mere is fluent in Spanish.
Shilpa 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. 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.