Joshua A. del Castillo is senior counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and practices in the firm's Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Litigation groups. Joshua has served as counsel for institutional creditors in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 proceedings, including in related litigation challenging foreclosure rights under a number of recently enacted state regulations and addressing loan securitization and the enforceability of associated security instruments. In this context, Joshua has developed significant experience in litigating and defeating claims aimed at divesting secured creditors of their statutory and contractual rights, as well as supervising local counsel in similar matters nationwide.
Joshua also regularly serves as counsel for court-appointed permanent receivers in enforcement actions brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal agencies, including in actions alleging the operation of Ponzi-like investment schemes. Joshua's clients are tasked with taking over the entities used to perpetrate the schemes, conducting necessary forensic accountings, documenting (for the benefit of the appointing court) how the schemes were carried out, and recovering available proceeds from these schemes, where possible, for distribution to defrauded investors.
In addition, Joshua maintains an active real property receivership practice, advising his clients on the propriety of a receivership for a given circumstance and on the management and disposition of receivership estate property.
Joshua also practices complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, corporate governance litigation, and trademark and intellectual property litigation. Joshua has represented clients before state and federal courts throughout California, including the California Court of Appeal and the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit.
Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Joshua practiced in the Litigation department of the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, where he was a recipient of that firm's pro bono award in 2006.
Joshua has been an active participant in and advocate for pro bono work since his arrival at Allen Matkins, and presently serves as a pro bono bankruptcy and litigation advisor to the Wage Justice Center, a public-interest organization that collaborates with community groups, workers’ centers and legal services providers to advance low-income workers’ rights, educating workers and advocates on the law and best practices for collecting unpaid wages. Joshua has also represented clients, pro bono, in Constitutional rights matters.
- Financial Lawyers Conference
- California Receivers Forum
- Hispanic National Bar Association
Pro Bono Award, Wage Justice Center, 2009
- Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers' 2012 Southern California Rising Stars
Joshua received his B.A. in economics, cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 1996. He received his M.A. in anthropology, with a subspecialty in economic anthropology and development, from the University of Michigan in 1998, advancing to Ph.D. candidacy in 2000. In 2005, Joshua received his J.D. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
While in law school, Joshua was awarded an Olin Foundation/USC Center for Law, Economics, and Organization scholarship, and was selected as a member of the inaugural class of USC Law School Summer Fellows. In addition, Joshua was a member of the law school's Hale Moot Court Honors Program, placing as a semi-finalist, and later served as an editor on the Hale Moot Court Board and was a member of the USC National Moot Court team.
- All California state courts
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit