Henry G. Castillo

Associate

henry.castillo@bbklaw.com

Tel: (909) 466-4911

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At a Glance

Henry advises public clients on public contracting, conflict of interest issues, the Brown Act, constitutional law and more.

Henry has extensive experience working for the California State Senate in both legislative and district capacities.

Henry is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

 

Henry G. Castillo gained first-hand knowledge of the legislative process on a variety of public policy issues from his years serving elected officials at the state level. As a Municipal Law attorney at Best Best & Krieger LLP, he brings that valuable experience and insight to his local public agency clients.
 
Before joining BB&K, Henry was deputy district director for California Sen. Connie M. Leyva. The position gave him  a unique opportunity to see how cities and special districts work and interact with the communities they serve. Henry worked on some of the most critical issues local government agencies in California face, including legislation related to development, employment, the environment and water and veterans affairs. He was the lead staffer on labor, business, civil rights, immigration and water policy areas — a role that required frequent interaction with various water districts.
 
Henry previously worked as a district representative to former state Sen. Alex Padilla. He also worked for Padilla prior to law school as a California Senate Fellow. Henry assisted in developing and drafting  legislation that eventually became law. During that time, he was concurrently enrolled at California State University, Sacramento taking graduate level classes in government and public policy.
 
Henry has put his extensive legislative background to work for public agency clients, such as in drafting ordinances for  sidewalk/street vending and cannabis sales. Henry negotiates complex public contracts, advocating for his public agency clients’ best interests. He has authored a variety of Legal Alerts on topics including cannabis, homelessness and Fair Political Practices Commissions regulations, and has presented on sidewalk street vending.
 
Henry advises clients on a multitude of legal areas, including conflict of interest, the Brown Act, constitutional law issues, public contracting, and some labor and employment issues. Henry advises both municipal and special district clients.
 
While attending the University of California, Hastings College of Law, Henry clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Hard Core Gang Division, where he conducted legal research. Henry also served as a legislative aide in the state Senate during law school.
 
A U.S. Navy veteran, Henry is married with a daughter. He enjoys grilling for his family and friends and rooting for their favorite team the LA Galaxy. Henry also serves on the Chaffey College Foundation Board’s Executive Committee.
 
Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
  • California State University, Los Angeles, B.A., political science
  • California Capital Fellows Program


Admissions

  • California
Cities Have Broad Discretion to Determine Their Rent Control Programs
Legal Alerts May 04, 2020

Cities Have Broad Discretion to Determine Their Rent Control Programs

Court of Appeal Holds Cities May Enact Various Forms of Residential Rent Control Measures

Local Government Has an Important Interest in Adjudicating Zoning Disputes
Legal Alerts Apr 08, 2020

Local Government Has an Important Interest in Adjudicating Zoning Disputes

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Case Brought Against Alameda County for Zoning Requirements

Takings Claim Fails on “Ripeness” Grounds
Legal Alerts Mar 26, 2020

Takings Claim Fails on “Ripeness” Grounds

Ninth Circuit Decision in Apartment-Condominium Conversion Program Dispute

Determining a “Super Majority” When Council Members are Missing
Legal Alerts Feb 26, 2020

Determining a “Super Majority” When Council Members are Missing

California Appellate Court Looks to Local Ordinance’s Intention for Determination

New “Source of Income” Materiality Standard
Legal Alerts Oct 04, 2019

New “Source of Income” Materiality Standard

FPPC Adopts Amended Regulations (Part 2)

New “Materiality” Standard for a “Business Entity”
Legal Alerts Oct 03, 2019

New “Materiality” Standard for a “Business Entity”

FPPC Adopts Amended Regulations (Part 1)

New California Cannabis Regulations Approved
Legal Alerts Jan 23, 2019

New California Cannabis Regulations Approved

OAL Approves Cannabis Delivery and Other Regulations

Laws Regulating Campaign Contributions Must Be Narrowly Tailored to Combat Corruption
Legal Alerts Dec 05, 2018

Laws Regulating Campaign Contributions Must Be Narrowly Tailored to Combat Corruption

Ninth Circuit Holds That States Have an Important Interest in Preserving the Integrity of Their Political Institutions

Local Ordinances Cannot Permit Prosecution for Sleeping Outside on Public Property When No Shelter is Available
Legal Alerts Sep 07, 2018

Local Ordinances Cannot Permit Prosecution for Sleeping Outside on Public Property When No Shelter is Available

Ninth Circuit Holds Such Laws Violate the Eighth Amendment

Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)
Legal Alerts Aug 14, 2018

Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)

State’s Proposed Permanent Marijuana Regulations Limit Local Authority

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released
Legal Alerts Jul 26, 2018

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released

Aims to Provide Revenue to Repair Failing Infrastructure

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