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Joseph Anthony Castagnola

Joseph Anthony Castagnola

Highly experienced & educated attorney/mediator/arbitrator who achieves results.
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Family Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • California, Wisconsin
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Biography

Joe is a participant in the CA Judicial Mentor Program - North Bay, as a mentee (11/2023).

Joe is admitted to practice before the following courts: The Supreme Court of the United States (#318544), The Supreme Court of California (#317368), The Supreme Court of Wisconsin (#1134504), The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, The U.S. Tax Court (#CJ23244), The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, The U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (#37879), & The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Arbitration: Present your case & have it decided with efficiency.

Mediation: Areas of expertise: business; commercial; contracts; family; fee disputes; financial; insurance; landlord/tenant; personal injury; real estate; uninsured motorist, & interpersonal disputes.

Real Estate: Joe brings a dynamic to real estate transactions that most attorneys can't & that no real estate agent can. Joe commonly assists parties with the legal paperwork in "for sale by owner" FSBO transactions.

Personal Injury Law: You were injured & it's not your fault. Now you are entitled to whatever compensation is necessary to put you back in the position you would have been in had you not been injured.

Family Law - Minor's Counsel: Family Law can be challenging at times, but doesn't need to be. Attitude, the ability to stay rational with the facts, & common sense can easily help this often volatile area of the law into a seamless transition of the next phase of your life.

Joe is also a Judge Pro Tem, mediator, & mandatory settlement conference facilitator at the Superior Court in Sonoma County.

Practice Areas
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Family Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Personal Injury
    Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents
    DUI & DWI
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Fee consultations. Hourly rate: $350 Contingent fees will depend on the case. DUI fees described below. Mediation fees describe below. Contact: CaLawAndMediation@gmail.com
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    PayPal and Venmo are accepted - Client is responsible for paying any fee that may be charged by PayPal and/or Venmo.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    CAR Mediation Rates: $200.00 per hour for the first two hours and then $325.00 per hour thereafter. A deposit equal to 4 hours of time is required at the time of scheduling the mediation session. Cancellation/Postponement Policy: When the mediation has been scheduled and a cancellation/continuance occurs, the deposit will be refunded except for time incurred if I can re-reschedule the time with another matter or if notice is given fifteen (15) or more days in advance. Otherwise, if the cancellation or postponement occurs within fifteen (15) days of the mediation date, the parties will be responsible for the deposit. The cancellation policy exists because time reserved and later cancelled generally cannot be replaced. Unused time is non refundable. DUI/DWI: If paid separately, $600 for your first appearance and $1,000 for your second appearance. Hourly rates will apply. If both the first and second appearance are paid upfront, the fee is $1,400 combined in addition to any hourly fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 317368
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Wisconsin
Wisconsin Court System
ID Number: 1134504
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U.S. Supreme Court
ID Number: 318544
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney/Client Fee Arbitration Panelist
The California Bar Association
Current
Mentee
CA Judicial Mentor Program - North Bay
Current
https://www.napa.courts.ca.gov/general-information/cajmentor
Arbitrator Panelist
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Current
Mandatory Settlement Conference Panelist
The Superior Court of the State of California, County of Sonoma
Current
Minor's Counsel
The Superior Court of the State of California, County of Sonoma
Current
In 2023, the following continuing education courses offered through the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) were completed: Fundamentals of Conducting Parenting Plan Evaluations (28 hours); Fundamentals of Conducting Child Custody Evaluations (24 hours); Fundamentals of Parenting Coordination (16 hours); Advanced Issued for Family Law and Dispute Resolution Professionals (12 hours).
Judge Pro Tem
The Superior Court of the State of California, County of Sonoma
Current
Attorney, Mediator, and Arbitrator
The Law and Mediation Office of Joe Castagnola
Current
Mediator
The Superior Court of the State of California, County of Sonoma
Current
Mediation Panelist
The California Association of Realtors
Current
Mediator
Recourse Mediation Services
Current
Special Master/Parenting Coordinator Panelist
The Superior Court of the State of California, County of Sonoma
Current
Attorney/Client Fee Arbitration Panelist
The Sonoma County Bar Association
Current
Mediation Panelist
The Bar Association of San Francisco
Current
Education
Northwestern California University School of Law
J.D. (2013) | Law
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Northwestern California University School of Law
B.S. (2011) | Law
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Awards
Pro Bono Award
Sonoma County Bar Association
For service as a judge pro tem.
Professional Associations
Wisconsin State Bar  # 1134504
Member
- Current
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California State Bar  # 317368
Member
- Current
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Sonoma County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Certifications
PC 832 - Arrest
Santa Rosa Junior College
Dispute Resolution Services Arbitrator
FINRA National Arbitration and Mediation Committee
20 Hour Arbitration Training
Bay Area Mediation Services
40 Hour Basic Mediation Training
Steve Rosenberg Mediation Training
Real Estate Broker
California Department of Real Estate
Property and Casualty/Life and Health Insurance Broker
California Department of Insurance
Mortgage Broker
NMLS
Websites & Blogs
Website
Sonoma County Mediator
Website
California Association of Realtors - Mediator Panelist Profile
Website
Bar Association of San Francisco - Mediator Panelist Profile
Blog
Petaluma Mediator
Contact & Map
133 1/2 Kentucky St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
Telephone: (707) 738-7334