From 1986 through 1998, Mr. Gastélum worked as a risk management and safety consultant, serving companies in healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, retail and construction industries, among others. 

Mr. Gastélum began his law practice in 1999 with some of the best insurance litigators in the world at Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey.  The group later moved to Howrey LLP and continued its top rank insurance coverage practice.  In the years with those firms, Mr. Gastélum's law practice has included representation of defense contractors, United Space Alliance, international energy companies, healthcare institutions, recreation and hospitality companies and their individual units, real estate companies, financial institutions and their officers, religious institutions and The Jockeys Guild among others.  He has represented clients in negotiation, mediation, and litigation through trial and appeal in state and federal courts. 

His experience has provided Mr. Gastélum "real world" knowledge about the operations and challenges of many industries, including the insurance industry.  In addition, he has contacts with many companies in many industries.  These experiences make him keenly aware of the non-legal issues that may influence legal and litigation decisions.

Law School

Loyola Law School, J.D., 1999, Phi Delta Phi.

College and Other Education

Northwest Christian College, B.A., with highest honors, 1984
Vanderbilt University, Graduate Department of Religion, 1986
Insurance Institute of America, Associate in Risk Management, 1988
California Mediator's Certificate, UCLA Extension, 1998

Bar Association Membership

Los Angeles County Bar Association (International Law Section member)
American Bar Associations (Litigation Section, 2000; Co-Chair, Construction Subcommittee, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Litigation Section, 2002-2004; International Law, Latin America and Caribbean Committee member)
Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Publishing and Speaking

Author and Speaker: "Evaluating the Number of Occurrences from the Policyholder Perspective," Mealey's Conference on All Sums Allocation, Boston MA, November, 2006;

"Additional Insureds: Recent Changes In ISO Forms and Their Likely Effects," Mealeys Conferences in Boston, MA and Pasadena, CA, 2005;

"Litigating Bad Faith Cases in California," National Business Institute, Pasadena, CA, November, 2003.

Author:
With Daven Lowhurst and Steven Masterson, California Insurance Law and Practice Publication Enhanced, Matthew Bender, 2010, Chapter entitled, "Insurance Issues Involving Construction Liability."
"Insurable Interests and Coverage for Time Element Losses." Risk (Summer 2009).
With Amy J. Fink, Esq."Giving Notice." Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal (May 13, 2008).
With Curtis D. Porterfield, Esq."How Many Occurrences?" Journal of Payment Systems Law (July - August, 2007).
With Curtis D. Porterfield, Esq. "How Many Times Must an Occurrence Repeat Before Coverage is Fully Realized?" Risk (Part 1, 1st Quarter), (Part 2, 2nd Quarter) (2007).
"General Liability Coverage for Suits Alleging Employment-Related Causes of Action." Risk (Winter 2007).
"What's in Your Applications?" Risk, 1Q, 2006.
"Insurance Coverage in the United States for Companies Based in Mexico and Latin America," October, 2004;
"Bare Knuckle Fighting With An 800 Pound Gorilla." Risk (Spring 2003).
Co-Author: with Curtis Porterfield, Rodney Caldwell, and Stephen Masterson, "Safe & Sound, LLP: Insurance Coverage Can Protect Law Firms Against Disaster," The Texas Lawyer, July, 2001; "It May Be Possible to Reconstruct Insurance Policy Lost in the Flood," Houston Business Journal, June 22-28, 2001;

Panelist: "One or Multiple Occurrences?" Annual Mid-Year Meeting of the ABA Section of Insurance Coverage Litigation, Tucson, AZ, March 6-8, 2003.

Co-Author and Panel Speaker: "Confronting Terrorist Risk," 2001.

Member: Southern Poverty Law Center, Leadership Council

Hispanic Heritage Association Youth Awards Evaluator

Member: Latin Business Association.