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Since 1987, Mr. Castaneda has handled Illinois workers' compensation claims. During his career, he has briefed and argued many cases before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, various circuit courts and the Appellate Court of Illinois.
Mr. Castaneda's leadership position in the field of workers' compensation includes serving as past president -- and the first Hispanic president -- of the Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association. He also served as a director of the association and currently is editor of the organization's newsletter.
Mr. Castaneda is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer, described by the publisher as "a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement." As of 2010, Mr. Castaneda has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, "the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession." In addition, Martindale-Hubbell, "the authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession," has rated Mr. Castaneda AV® (very high to preeminent) for both legal ability and professional ethics.
Mr. Castaneda received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where he also served on the editorial staff of the Law and Inequality Journal. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1987 and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995.
Notable Cases and Results:
- Daniel Stone v. The Industrial Commission, et al. 675 N.E. 2d 280, 286 Ill.App.3d 174, 221 Ill.Dec.373
- All Steel, Inc., Appellant v. the Industrial Commission, et al. 582 N.E.2d 240, 221 Ill.App.3d 501, 164 Ill.Dec.32
- Alejandro Irizarry v. The Industrial Commission, et al. 337 Ill.App.3d 598, 786 N.E.2d 218, 217 Ill.Dec.960
U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
Year of Birth: 1961
University of Minnesota, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement:
Law and Inequality Journal editorial staff
Loyola University Chicago, B.A.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Past President (first Hispanic president)
Awards; Honors; Distinctions
Illinois Super Lawyer
Best Lawyers in America
Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® (very high to preeminent)