Paul D. Castillo is a Staff Attorney in the South Central Regional Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Castillo enforced federal civil rights statutes for the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). As regional civil rights attorney for OCR, Castillo ensured equal access to education for students at elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities by investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability and age. He handled a number of bullying and harassment complaints filed on behalf of LGBT students and obtained comprehensive agreements to eliminate sexual and gender-based harassment on campus, remedy their effects and prevent recurrence. His enforcement in this area on behalf of OCR prompted the Texas Association of School Boards to add language in its model school policy to clarify that harassment based on a student’s failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity and femininity is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. As a result, a significant number of school districts throughout Texas adopted the revised model policy for the 2012-2013 school year.
Prior to OCR, Castillo represented clients in federal and state courts of Ohio as a litigator in private practice dealing with a variety of employment, commercial, real estate and insurance matters. In 2009 and 2010, Castillo was named a "Rising Star" in Ohio Super Lawyers, a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of young attorneys throughout the state of Ohio. He also regularly participated in legal aid clinics to provide pro bono services to underserved and impoverished communities in northeast Ohio.
Castillo is a 2006 cum laude graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he served as President of the moot court team and the Hispanic Law Student Association. He received his undergraduate degree in Speech from the University of Texas at Austin.
Castillo is a member of the state bars of Texas and Ohio.