Firm Overview

Personally, I've been practicing for 26 years in criminal law. The focus of personal injury started in 1986.

Example cases

I handled a dog bite case where the insurance company didn't believe the client had a fairly serious injury and offered the client an extremely low offer. The jury awarded a decision which was significantly more than what was offered to settle.

I also handled a slip and fall case where a large chain restaurant disputed their liability. My client had already been rejected by other attorneys. After we took the case, he received a large settlement as a result from an expert opinion regarding the liability of the restaurant and its practices in maintaining the floors.

Main Office

Main
3320 Sandy Way
South Tahoe  CA  96150

Phone
  • (530) 544-1752
Fax
  • (530) 544-4823

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

This depends on the case--I will never charge unless the client is fully aware that I am doing so.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

If I am talking to a client for a consultation, the flat fee ranges from $50 - $150.

Hourly Rates

$225

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We pick up our messages before and after hours.

Office Manager

Carolyn

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

We make arrangements for interpreters when necessary.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

It is always difficult working with insurance companies; I always hear about people having problems with insurance companies, even with the little things. Once I started practicing law, it became even more evident that not only were clients having difficulties, but people ended up getting what they didn't deserve or being taken advantage of by insurance companies.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I have no problem with clients educating themselves.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

No, but I am willing to help with document preparation when it is for a client whose case I am involved in.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I will evaluate this on a case by case basis.

John Castellanos

I had some associations with other individuals up to 1993, but most often, I am and have been a sole practitioner.

Continuing education always has new and different subjects, and it keeps me updated. In trial work, you get an idea as to what people are thinking about and what they want.

I try to be thorough and make sure that we don't settle a case before it is time. We listen to what our clients want.

Casual and professional when need be.

Personal interests:

Water sports, skiing, and golf. I enjoy the outdoors.

License
  • Bar Number: 95735
    California , 1980
Education
  • Lincoln Law School
    J.D. , 1980
    Sacramento, CA
  • Sacramento State University
    B.A. , 1976
    Sacramento, CA
    Economics

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