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Joseph A. Castrodale

Partner
Vice Chairman of the Firm, Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Litigation Practice Group
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"He makes me feel as if I were his only client. He is responsive and constantly thinking about my case." - Benesch client, Chamber USA 2017

 

 

Joseph Castrodale is Vice Chairman of the Firm, an Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Litigation Practice Group. He represents large corporate clients in complex business and commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country. These cases encompass securities law claims, shareholder derivative suits, business torts, contract disputes, class actions, product liability, defense of consumer claims, UCC matters, trade secrets, sports law and non-compete disputes. Additionally, Joe's expertise includes all types of ADR proceedings.

Joe has repeatedly received recognition from the leading client and peer review services. In Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, he has been recommended as one of Chambers USA 2017 “Leaders in their Field” among general commercial litigation lawyers. According to client feedback obtained during the Chambers USA selection process, Joseph is described as a "brilliant guy who knows how to manage relationships and as such is a first port of call for a stable of large corporate clients.” Chambers USA also notes that one of his clients commented, “He is by far the best litigator I have ever met, with superior skills and a very personable manner; I am thrilled with him. He is an outstanding lawyer.” Other clients commented that “he is creative and passionate” on behalf of their causes, and possesses the “ability to come up with flexible solutions” to their problems.  One client says, “He makes me feel as if I were his only client. He is responsive and constantly thinking about my case."

In addition, Joe has twice been named to the prestigious BTI Client Service All-Star Team (2011, 2015). According to BTI, these Client Service All-Stars are part of a rare breed of attorneys who outperform their peers by combining exceptional legal expertise with practical advice, business savvy and innovative, effective solutions – all of which help make clients’ lives easier.

Best Lawyers in America® has repeatedly recognized Joe for excellence in the area of Commercial Litigation. Client feedback obtained by Best Lawyers included the observation that, "Although the firm has its headquarters in Ohio, don't let that fool you. I would put Joe Castrodale up against any attorney in the country on the most sophisticated matter."

Further, Joe has been consistently listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer and has been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics, for over 20 years.

  • EDUCATION

    • Harvard Law School, 1983, J.D.
      • magna cum laude
    • Youngstown State University, 1980, B.A.
      • summa cum laude
  • BAR ADMISSIONS/ASSOCIATIONS, LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES

    • Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • American Bar Association
    • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Northern Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (Founder Trustee)
  • MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

    • Past Member, Rules Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • Past Member, Magistrate Selection Committee, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • Past Member, Judge Anthony J. Celebrezze Inn of Court