A little about us

With so many lawyers in the marketplace, it can be difficult to choose the right one. Here are 2 things to know about us:

  • We have gone up against Stanford University, Google, Adobe, and Bank of America. Despite these big names, the majority of our clients are ordinary people and small business owners. We like representing the underdog and we like beating the odds—but we also handle simple cases as well.
  • People love us on Yelp. We are frequently in the top 10 of the most reviewed attorneys in Santa Clara County.

6 tests every law firm should pass

  • Written Plan of Action. Does your attorney create a written plan with fee estimates? We create a 30-60-90-day litigation roadmap. If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you expect to get there? Our clients know what we are going to do, when we are going to do it, and the estimated cost for doing it.
  • Easy to Reach. Is it hard to reach your lawyer? If you call, our secretary won’t tell you we are in a meeting if we are not. We regularly communicate with clients, by phone, email, and even texting. Plus, we like to see our clients in person—many times it leads to better results.
  • Pride. Does it look like your lawyer takes pride in their work? Everything we do has to pass this simple test: “Am I proud of it?”
  • Up-To-Date. Does your lawyer keep you up-to-date on incoming and outgoing mail? We are a paperless office. When mail comes in, you get by a copy by email—usually the same day. Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to call your lawyer to find out what was happening with your case?
  • Better writing leads to better results. Does your lawyer know who Bryan Garner is? If not, that’s a red flag. Garner is recognized as the top legal writer in America. According to Garner—and the judges he interviews— only 5 to 10% of briefs are well-written. Going to Garner’s seminars and reading his books is our idea of a good time.
  • After Hours. Is your lawyer willing to meet you after hours or on weekends? We are.

In litigation, timing is everything

John F. Kennedy said it best: “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” Litigation is no different. Timing is everything. If you haven’t been served, that’s good. Take advantage of this time and use it to your advantage. The plaintiff had a head start. They may have been preparing an attack against you for weeks or months. But you will only have 30 days to file a written response with the court—sometimes less time if the plaintiff seeks emergency relief.

Getting off to a great start

In the initial consultation, we will: (1) identify your strengths and weaknesses; (2) decide whether early mediation is in your best interest; (3) determine the next steps; and (4) discuss the best and worst-case scenarios. Get started now by calling us at (408) 998-5888, or send us an email at damian@castanedaco.com. We look forwarding to meeting you.


I have been operating several businesses in San Jose and Asia for the past 19 years and I have worked with many lawyers. I entered into a new lawsuit and needed a civil litigator. After I met Damian and he showed me some of his work, I was very impressed with his writing in his court papers he was able to share with me. I was quickly assured and knew I made the right decision. He has represented me in three cases so far and I enthusiastically recommend him to my friends, colleagues, and to you. If you need someone who knows the details of the law and is passionate about your case, you will make the right choice by choosing Damian.

We are very grateful for Damian’s help with our lawsuit. He responded immediately and eased our concerns. After a few phone calls and emails he was able to get the $100K+ lawsuit brought against us withdrawn. We are so thankful that we had Damian on our side and highly recommend him.