Gerald E. Castillo

Gerald E. Castillo graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1999. Since 1999, he has represented individual and corporate clients in a variety of civil litigation matters including, wrongful death, personal injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, health care liability, commercial litigation and employment law. His practice has covered all phases of the defense of a client’s matter from pre-suit claim handling through trial and appeal. He has tried cases to verdict both as a first and second chair and has arbitrated matters before the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
Mr. Castillo has significant experience in representing heath care individuals and health care entities in heath care liability, medical malpractice, employment and contractual matters. He has also represented and assisted Hospital Medical Executive Committees (MEC) with internal investigations and subsequent fair hearings related to MEC recommendations. Because of this, he has been a frequent lecturer and presenter to hospital organizations on topics of HIPPA compliance, Peer Review, Ethical Considerations, End of Life Issues, medical record maintenance, and nursing documentation.
Mr. Castillo has also represented municipalities and their governing boards. He has served as a city attorney and provided daily counsel to governing boards and represented municipalities in a variety of legal matters involving contract negotiation, commercial litigation and employment matters.

Areas of Practice

  • General Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Injury

Relevant Experience

  • Obtained a summary judgment for a hospital in a health care liability wrongful death case in Hidalgo County involving the death an employed nurse from H1N1.
  • Obtained a summary judgment for a hospital in a heath care liability wrongful death case in Hidalgo County related to the death of a male patient from a ruptured brain aneurysm.
  • In a case involving significant birth injuries to a child, on behalf of a hospital system, prepared and argued trial court summary judgment briefing related to the allegations that a physician owned hospital was vicariously responsible for alleged physician neglect on the basis of a limited partnership agreement between hospital and physician. In an interlocutory appeal, the Texas Supreme Court decided for the hospital and rendered judgment for the hospital.
  • Litigated and tried to defense verdict brain injured adult case against hospital where allegations were that thirty-three year old man suffered permanent brain injury as a result of hypoxic event during a minor three minute surgical procedure.
  • Tried to verdict in Hidalgo County a contractual employment dispute between four plaintiffs and a hospital related to underpayment of salary and benefits over a period five years.
  • Successfully arbitrated through the American Arbitration Association (AAA), a construction matter for a municipality related to the construction of drainage overflow reservoir.

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 1999
  • University of Dallas, B.A. 1996, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Courts for Southern District of Texas

Memberships and Associations

  • Hidalgo County Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • HBA Member

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Nomination for Membership
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel – Nomination for Membership

Presentations

  • Nursing Documentation: Its Legal Impact in Medical Malpractice Cases and Board of Nurse Actions, 2005- 2014.
  • Update on End of Life Issues to Annual Conference of Hospital System Directors 2010, 2016.
  • Medical Ethics Update to Annual Hospital Education Conference.
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Nursing Documentation including EMR, 2012.