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What matters to you, matters to us! At Castleton Law Firm we are committed to treating clients with kindness, respect, and integrity. We are equally committed to providing the highest level of legal services and ensuring our clients get what they deserve. Our innovative and skilled team of professionals is here to provide you with a collaborative legal experience and help you navigate the moments in life that matter most.

Meet The Team

<strong>Aaron</strong>
AaronAttorney

Aaron earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University, a Juris Doctorate (law degree) from the University of La Verne, and a Post-Doctorate Master of Laws degree in Dispute Resolution from the highly acclaimed Pepperdine School of Law (Straus Institute). As a mediator, Aaron has settled more than 1,000 cases over the past decade.

Since beginning his law career in 2009, Aaron has practiced in the areas of estate planning, corporate/business law, personal injury, real estate, family law and civil litigation. Prior to law school Aaron spent four years as the Director of Land Acquisition and Relocation for a government consulting firm where he negotiated the acquisition of more than 100 parcels of real estate on behalf of city and state entities across the western United States.

In the late 1990’s, Aaron lived several years in South America and Europe while mastering the Portuguese language and organizing humanitarian aid projects. Currently, Aaron serves as the Director of Family Court Services at the Merced Superior Court, varsity basketball coach at Golden Valley High School, and chairperson of the Merced City School District Advisory Committee. In his free time, Aaron loves traveling and spending time with his beautiful wife and three children.

 

<strong>Jeff</strong>
JeffAttorney

Jeff was born and raised in Merced, California. He loved growing up in the Central Valley and decided to return home to serve the community that provided him with so much. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University – Idaho. As a student at BYU – Idaho, he received the Newel K. Whitney Distinguished Graduate Award. During this time, Jeff also spent multiple years in Taiwan serving as a volunteer missionary for his church where he became proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

Before becoming an attorney, Jeff worked in the enterprise software industry as a Business Development Manager. In this role he negotiated software licensing and service contracts and managed large marketing and promotional events.

Jeff earned his Juris Doctor Degree from San Joaquin College of Law where he graduated with Distinction. During his time there, he was published in the school’s San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review and later served as its Executive Editor. He also received awards for Best Brief Finalist and Best Oral Advocate Finalist in the George A. Hopper Moot Court Competition. He received multiple Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Moot Court, Professional Responsibility, and Legal Analysis.

While in law school, Jeff gained extensive experience clerking for distinguished lawyers and judges in the Central Valley. He served as a clerk for the Honorable Brian McCabe at the Superior Court of California, County of Merced. He also worked for Castleton Law Firm, where he handled personal injury, family law, and probate matters. In Fresno, he clerked at Days Law Firm, which specializes in criminal defense for both federal and state cases.

Jeff is a proud father of four beautiful children and is happily married to his wonderful wife.

 

<strong>Curt</strong>
CurtCase Manager

After a 38-year career with Save Mart Supermarkets, Curt retired in 2015 as Director of Distribution and joined the Castleton Law Firm as our Personal Injury Case Manager. During his time as Director, Curt led a 25-member Management Team which was responsible for the productivity of the entire distribution center and its nearly 270 employees.

During his employment with Save Mart, Curt established valued relationships with owners, corporate executives, vendors, government agencies, and United Food and Commercial Workers International. Through these strong relationships coupled with his integrity and negotiating skills, he effectively settled several union contracts and resolved hundreds of labor disputes. These experiences have given Curt the ability to understand both sides of an issue and recommend a reasonable solution for all parties involved. Since joining Castleton Law Firm he has successfully utilized these skills on behalf of our clients.

Despite Curt’s many accomplishments within his profession, he has found that his greatest joy and success has come from the loving relationships he has nurtured with his wife of 38 years, 4 children and their spouses, and 12 grandchildren.

 

<b>Caitlin</b>
CaitlinLegal Assistant and Notary

Born and raised in Mariposa, California, Caitlin brings a fun, hometown feel to the office. She provides a friendly face and warm welcome to everyone that walks through the doors. Being a dedicated mother of four children, there’s little wonder why Caitlin knows what it takes to “get the job done.” Since joining the firm in 2016, she has put her “Super Mom” skills to work for our clients. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her children participating in various outdoor activities.

 

<strong>Melissa</strong>
MelissaLegal Assistant and Notary

Since 2012, Melissa has been a legal assistant for Castleton Law Firm and is referred to by many as one of the warmest receptionists in the Valley. Her zeal for life and enthusiasm for helping clients is contagious. And if that’s not enough, she is also a Notary Public and is called upon almost daily to notarize legal documents, deeds, and estate plans. It is her mission in life to make sure clients leave the office with a smile on their face and chocolate in their hand. Melissa was raised in the Valley and has been married to her best friend, Curt, for more than 35 years. She is a celebrated chef, devoted mother of four, and Super-Grandmother to 12 grandchildren.

 

<strong>Missy</strong>
MissyOffice Manager

Those who have the pleasure of calling or coming by the office on Mondays and Fridays immediately fall in love with Missy’s authentic Scottish brogue and fantastic sense of humor. Born and raised in “Bonnie” Scotland, Missy attended Queen Margaret University College where she graduated “With Honours” while earning a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Missy is the glue that keeps the front and back office running smoothly. She is the epitome of efficiency. Whether it’s accountings, inventory management or estate planning, Missy does it all. On her off days, Missy is an active member of the local PTC, distinguished baker, an avid reader, and wonder-Mom to three beautiful children.