Case News

Guy Castillo Represents Female Employees in Contra Costa County Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit

March 13, 2015 – Erin Guy Castillo has been retained to represent two female employees – one current and one former – of Contra Costa County’s Reclamation District 799, responsible for maintaining the 8.9 miles of levees between Oakley and Bethel Island. The employees have sued the district and two of its male board members, alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation. “People should be able to work and make a living without being treated differently because of their gender,” Guy Castillo recently commented in a Contra Costa Times article on the case. You can find the full article here: http://www.contracostatimes.com/brentwood/ci_27708576/delta-drama-two-female-employees-small-reclamation-district.

Parish and Guy Castillo Recover $1.4 Million for Corporate Directors’ Breach

William H. Parish and Erin Guy Castillo represented a local corporation who sued its former directors and officers for breaching their fiduciary duties. While managing the corporation, the directors and officers allowed over $1.2 million to be embezzled by the former corporate bookkeeper. Mr. Parish and Ms. Guy Castillo recovered the full $1.2 million that was taken, plus interest, for a total award of $1.4 million to the corporation. The corporate shareholders were fully compensated for their loss.

William H. Parish Retained as Trial Counsel in Securities Case

Current and former NFL players including five quarterbacks filed a lawsuit against UBS Securities and former executives of Pay By Touch alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

According to the complaint filed, “UBS Securities touted the Company (Pay By Touch) to investors as providing secure, convenient electronic transaction solutions for businesses and consumers through biometric authentication services and payment processing services.” Investors were told that its new unique payment system would reduce fraud, reduce payment transaction times, strengthen customer loyalty programs, and increase sales volume.

To fund the Company’s enormous capital requirements, UBS raised money for Pay By Touch through private offerings from prominent hedge funds, venture capitalists, and private investors. At least $300 million was invested in Pay By Touch during its short history. UBS received millions of dollars in placement fees.

“Defendants also falsely represented that they had disclosed all material risks to investors, and at the same time, UBS stated that they had not investigated the truth of their misrepresentations. The intent of the scheme was to induce Plaintiffs to rely on the misrepresentations and omissions and to invest in Pay By Touch,” the complaint alleges.

The suit alleges that the founder of Pay By Touch, John Rogers, had a string of run-ins with the law in his past. Rogers’ legal troubles included criminal misconduct, tax liens and civil judgments. Rogers was arrested for domestic assault and also had restraining orders on him. Rogers spent time in jail.

The suit says the former executives of Pay By Touch and UBS Securities also tried to withhold from investors, the findings of a confidential Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) report. The FDIC investigated the payment processing facility of Pay By Touch and concluded that its management had allowed serious problems to persist. Yet, despite knowing about these findings, the former executives of Pay By Touch and UBS Securities continued to hide the investigation from investors and instead suggested that no investigation had ever occurred. “Incredibly, Defendants told investors that they could be subject to investigation by a regulatory body regarding its payment processing facility, but decided not to reveal that they had been investigated or been told that they might not be able to process payments with federally-insured institutions.”

The fraud lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court and settled on the first day of trial.

William H. Parish Recovers Nearly $6 Million for Linden, California Walnut Grower

William H. Parish represented Brittalia Ventures, a Linden California walnut grower, in a three week jury trial to recover damages arising from crown gall infection. The jury awarded nearly $4.5 million in the first case in California to establish that a commercial nursery delivered root stock infected with this devastating disease. Three years later, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the jury’s verdict and Brittalia Ventures was paid the original award plus interest, totaling nearly $6 million. The Court of Appeal’s decision may be found at Brittalia Ventures v. Stuke Nursery, Inc., 153 Cal. App. 4th 17 (2007).

City of Oakdale Wins Contract Dispute

A real estate developer sued Oakdale alleging that the developer was entitled to payment of almost $500,000 for unused development credits. The developer’s claims were rejected at trial and Oakdale obtained a complete defense. William H. Parish was trial counsel.

Parish Retained to Represent Local Attorney

Our firm has been retained to represent a prominent local attorney in litigation arising from the dissolution of a law practice. The case settled on favorable terms on the second day of trial.

Parish Retained as Trial Counsel for Almond Processor

Our firm has been retained as trial counsel for a large Central Valley almond processor to defend allegations that almonds sold by our client did not meet specifications. The case settled on favorable terms before trial.

Complex Real Estate Lien Case Confirms Client’s Rights to Enforce Multi-Million Dollar Lien

Our client owns a multi-million dollar lien against real estate. The owner of the property filed a declaratory relief action seeking to subordinate our client’s lien, effectively rendering the lien unenforceable. The Court granted our motion for summary judgment confirming our client’s right to enforce the lien. William H. Parish and Erin Guy Castillo were counsel on the case.

Farmer Recovers Settlement Valued at Over $1.7 Million for Breach of Contract

We were retained to represent a farmer in United States District Court to recover damages for breach of contract for the sale of farm land. We obtained summary adjudication of all facts, except one damage issue. The case settled two days before trial of the remaining damage issue. The settlement compensated our client for all damages, attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the case. William H. Parish and Erin Guy Castillo were counsel on the case.

Bank Retains Parish to Enforce Multi-Million Dollar Lending Claims

Our firm was retained by Bank to enforce multi-million dollar lending claims and to defend the borrowers’ claims of fraud. At the conclusion of the lead plaintiff’s deposition, the plaintiffs agreed to a settlement, dismissing all claims against the Bank and agreeing to a repayment plan on terms favorable to Bank. William H. Parish was lead counsel on the case.

Judgment Dismissing Claims for Breach of Contract and Fraud Affirmed on Appeal

We represented a real estate development company and its owner who were sued for breach of contract and fraud. After a three-week jury trial, we obtained a judgment in favor of our client and the plaintiffs appealed. The Court of Appeal confirmed that, as a matter of law, our client did not do anything wrong. Erin Guy Castillo was trial and appellate counsel.

Parish Recovers $3.2 Million for Investment Fund

We represented an investment fund that had made an investment deposit of $3,000,000, subject to the fund reviewing and approving the company’s organizational structure and investment plan. The company, however, began spending the deposit without the fund’s approval. We recovered the full deposit of $3 million dollars, plus $200,000 for attorney’s fees and interest. William H. Parish was lead attorney on the case.

Parish Wins Summary Judgment in Bank Dispute

William H. Parish represented a local community bank in a lawsuit to enforce the terms of a letter of credit issued by a Southern California Bank. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of our client, rejecting the defendant’s claim that defendant was not obligated to honor the demand for payment. The $300,000 judgment was paid in full.

Developer Wins Summary Judgment in Contract Dispute

Our firm was retained by Frontier Community Builders to defend the company in a lawsuit seeking to rescind a real estate development contract. We obtained a summary judgment, dismissing the case without trial. The court awarded our client all of its attorney’s fees expended to defend the case. William H. Parish and Erin Guy Castillo represented Frontier Community Builders in the case.

Confidential Arbitration Protects Client’s Right to $2,550,000 Payment

In a confidential arbitration to establish the rights and obligations of members of a limited liability company, our client won every issue presented and the Arbitrator confirmed the client’s entitlement to payment of $2,550,000. William H. Parish acted as trial counsel.

Bank Client Recovers $1,575,000 in Confidential Settlement

In a confidential settlement of an inter-bank contractual dispute, our client recovered $1,575,000. William H. Parish acted as lead counsel.

Parish Recovers Millions for California Public Entities in Antitrust Class Action

William H. Parish acted as lead counsel for California public entities in a class action asserting price-fixing claims on behalf of indirect purchasers of hydrogen peroxide. The case settled and millions have been distributed to California public entities.

Firm News

William Parish and Erin Guy Castillo Named 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers

August 2016 – PARISH GUY CASTILLO, PC is proud to announce that Name Partner William Parish has been recognized as a 2016 Northern California Super Lawyer and Name Partner Erin Guy Castillo is a Northern California Rising Star. The honors mark Parish’s seventh consecutive year appearing on the list and Guy Castillo’s fourth. Northern California Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service and publication, selects outstanding attorneys through a statewide survey of lawyers, detailed peer review and extensive research. The Northern California Rising Stars list recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less.


Erin Guy Castillo Named to Lifestyles Magazine’s “40 Under 40 List

PARISH GUY CASTILLO, PC congratulates Name Partner Erin Guy Castillo on her inclusion in Lifestyles magazine’s prestigious 2015 “40 Under 40” list. Each year the publication honors young professionals in San Joaquin County who exemplify leadership and passion and are making a difference in our community through their noteworthy achievements. We are incredibly proud of Erin’s dedication to our clients and the San Joaquin County community that she is a native of. To read Erin’s profile, which highlights her work with the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation, as a mock trial volunteer and with the San Joaquin County Bar Association, among other commitments, find the digital edition of the Lifestyles Aug./Sept. issue here. We applaud all the recognized leaders who make San Joaquin County such a great place to live and work. Thank you for your dedication!


William H. Parish and Erin Guy Castillo Named 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers

PARISH GUY CASTILLO, PC, a Stockton-based law firm practicing exclusively in the areas of civil trials and appeals, is proud to announce that Name Partner William H. Parish has been recognized as a 2015 Northern California Super Lawyer and Name Partner Erin Guy Castillo is a Northern California Rising Star. The honors mark Parish’s sixth consecutive year appearing on the list and Guy Castillo’s third.

Northern California Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service and publication, selects outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas through a rigorous, multifaceted nomination process that comprises a statewide survey of lawyers, detailed peer review and extensive research of each candidate. The Northern California Rising Stars list recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less.

With more than 34 years of litigation experience, Parish represents Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individuals in matters ranging from complex business litigation to personal injury. He has served as lead counsel in the successful prosecution and defense of multi-million dollar jury trials, court trials, appeals and arbitrations. Parish is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), both of which are invitation only, as well as a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, San Joaquin County Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association. He earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1980) and his B.A. from California State University, Sacramento (1977).

Guy Castillo is an experienced trial lawyer, handling exclusively civil trials and appeals in a wide variety of matters, including business disputes, real estate, probate and trust litigation, personal injury and property damage. Representing clients ranging from large companies to small businesses and individuals, she has served as lead trial counsel in several jury and court trials, prosecuting cases to verdict or settlement reaching more than a million dollars. Guy Castillo is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and San Joaquin County Bar Association, where she serves on the Board of Governors as secretary, treasurer and chair of the Mentorship Committee. She earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law (2007) and her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton (2003).


Erin Guy Castillo Receives Highest Honor at Leadership Stockton Class of 2015 Graduation

PARISH GUY CASTILLO, PC, a Stockton-based law firm practicing exclusively in the areas of civil trials and appeals, congratulates Name Partner Erin Guy Castillo on being recognized as the Leadership Stockton Class of 2015 Distinguished Class Member of the Year.

Founded in 1981, Leadership Stockton is California’s oldest adult community leadership program, working to inspire a new generation of influential community leaders for the benefit of the region’s future. Program participants from diverse backgrounds come together one day a month for eleven months for an intensive study and discussion of various topics, including economy, local government and health care, among others. Participants also work on a class project that focuses on solutions to real community problems. This year’s class tackled a renovation of the city’s McKinley Community Center in addition to partnering with the Stockton Police Youth Advocates to bring new services and activities to the Center. Since its inception, more than 795 participants have graduated from Leadership Stockton.

Guy Castillo is an experienced trial lawyer, handling exclusively civil trials and appeals in a wide variety of matters, including business disputes, real estate, probate and trust litigation, personal injury and property damage. Representing clients ranging from large companies to small businesses and individuals, she has served as lead trial counsel in several jury and court trials, prosecuting cases to verdict or settlement reaching more than a million dollars.

Guy Castillo is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and San Joaquin County Bar Association, where she serves on the Board of Governors as secretary, treasurer and chair of the Mentorship Committee. In addition to her participation in Leadership Stockton, Guy Castillo serves as vice president of the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation, as a mock trial volunteer teacher for the First Impressions program and as Stockton City Council member Susan Lofthus’ appointee as a Commissioner on the Charter Review Advisory Commission for the 2015-2016 term. She earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law (2007) and her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton (2003).

William Parish and Erin Guy Castillo Recognized By Northern California Super Lawyers

July 2014 – Parish Guy Castillo, PC announces that two of its attorneys have been selected as Northern California Super Lawyers for 2014. William H. Parish has again been selected as a Super Lawyer. Erin Guy Castillo has again been selected as a Rising Star and will also appear on the list recognizing top women attorneys in Northern California. Both Mr. Parish and Ms. Guy Castillo practice civil trial and appellate advocacy. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The selection process includes peer review.

Parish Guy Castillo, PC Sponsors Mary Graham Kid’s Art Auction

Our attorneys and staff sponsored the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation annual Kid’s Art Auction. All artwork featured at the event is created by residents at the Mary Graham Children’s Shelter. All funds raised go directly to support both the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation art and music program at the Shelter, as well as the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation’s Trade School & College Scholarship Program. These programs give foster youth hope and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.

Erin Guy Castillo Receives San Joaquin County Bar Association’s First Outstanding New Lawyer Award

The San Joaquin County Bar Association awarded the inaugural Outstanding New Lawyer 2013 Award to Ms. Erin Guy Castillo of Parish Guy Castillo, PC. Ms. Guy Castillo received this award for demonstrating distinguished service that has enhanced the legal profession, the San Joaquin County Bar Association and the greater community. Ms. Guy Castillo received this award on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the New Lawyers Reception, hosted annually by the Bank of Stockton.

Parish Guy Castillo, PC Donates to San Joaquin County Emergency Food Bank

Our attorneys and staff donated over 50 turkeys to the San Joaquin County Food Bank to help provide holiday dinners to families in our community.

Parish Guy Castillo, PC is Pleased to Announce that Erin Guy Castillo Has Become a Shareholder

Erin Guy Castillo has become a shareholder and Name Partner in Parish Guy Castillo, PC. Ms. Guy Castillo joined Parish Guy Castillo, PC in November 2009 when she returned to her hometown of Stockton. Ms. Guy Castillo obtained her J.D. (with Distinction) in 2007 from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. She has experience in all aspects of civil litigation from intake thorough appeal, including acting as lead trial counsel in several civil jury and court trials. She represents individuals and businesses in cases ranging from personal injury to complex business litigation. Ms. Guy Castillo is also active in the local community.

Erin Guy Castillo Has Been Elected to the Board of Governors of the San Joaquin County Bar Association for the 2014 – 2016 Term

Besides overseeing the San Joaquin County Bar at large, the Board operates a variety of sections and committees to ensure they are prudently and soundly managed to enhance the legal profession. The Board also administers the Bar Foundation, which provides educational programs that benefit San Joaquin County. Ms. Guy Castillo is active on the Board and serves as the Secretary and Treasurer and chairs the Bar’s mentorship program.