deCastro began his career with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office – committed to ensuring that every Cook County resident deserves equal justice under the law regardless of background or income. In private practice, deCastro built his expertise in criminal defense cases and also handled civil cases in search of the broadest experience possible. He handled cases in 12 different counties in Illinois as well as federal trial court cases in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, New York, and South Dakota. He handles appeals in Illinois state courts, three federal appellate circuit courts and the United States Supreme Court, where he has been admitted to practice since 2001.
deCastro maintains his commitment to public defender work through the federal public defender’s panel attorney program. This work has been a large part of his practice since 2008.
Throughout his legal career, deCastro has focused on service to his community outside the courtroom as well. His parents came to the US from Cuba when they were only 18 and 21 years old respectively. They worked hard to put themselves through school, but they also gave back to help other family members and their broader community. They instilled in Pablo the values of hard work and the importance of education. Just as critically, they helped him understand the importance of uplifting others.
deCastro gives back by teaching every year in the University of Chicago Law School’s Intensive Trial Practice Program, and by serving on the Federal Defender’s Office Panel Attorney selection committee, including its sub-committee on increasing diversity on the panel. He has also focused on work that helps the most vulnerable. Providing a defense for indigent clients keeps deCastro on the front lines; defending due process and individual rights. His depth and breadth of experience has prepared him well for a career on the bench. Pablo deCastro will be a Judge all of Cook County can be proud of.