Trial attorney with 28 years of litigation experience in trial courts as well as appeals in state and federal courts primarily in criminal defense and civil rights with a career-long dedication to representing indigent clients.

Resume of Pablo F. Decastro

The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL – A.B., 1991

  • Dean’s List and Graduation With Honors, Major in Philosophy

Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, LA – J.D., 1994

  • Moot Court; Criminal Law Clinic; Public Interest Law Foundation; Cuban Detainee Program

Professional Experience

Law Offices of Pablo deCastro; Sole Practitioner; 2012 – present

  • Litigation practice, Criminal Defense and Plaintiff’s Civil Rights

Federal Defender’s Office Northern District of Illinois; 2008 – present

  • Panel Attorney, appointed as public defender for indigent clients in federal criminal cases
  • Panel attorney selection committee and committee to increase diversity on the panel

Rascia and deCastro, Chicago, IL; Partner; 2007 – 2011

  • Small (3-5 attorneys) litigation practice concentrating in criminal law

Serpico, Novelle, Petrosino and Rascia, Chicago, IL; Associate; 2000 – 2007

  • Criminal and civil litigation, trials and appeals in state and federal courts

Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago, IL; Trial Attorney; 1994 – 2000
Hinshaw & Culbertson, Chicago, IL; Summer associate; 1992 – 1993

Teaching/Instructional Experience:

  • American Moot Court Association Invitational Tournament, University of Chicago; Judge, 2017 – 2023
  • University of Chicago Law School Intensive Trial Practice Workshop; Instructor, 2019 – 2022

Public Interest / Pro Bono work

  • Northern District of Illinois pro bono Settlement Assistance Program: Negotiations and formal settlement conferences on behalf of pro se plaintiffs in a variety of civil cases, with an emphasis in prisoner’s rights lawsuits.
  • The Academy Group, Chicago, IL: volunteer instructor and pro bono advocate helping program participants satisfy criminal judgements and expunge criminal backgrounds.
  • University of Chicago Crime Lab: volunteer and contributor for a public policy institute; worked with the institute in designing and implementing studies aimed at improving the Criminal Justice System.

Judicial Fitness Evaluations:

  • Cook County Associate Judge Short List 2023
  • Found Recommended/Qualified by all local bar associations: Arab American Bar Association; Asian American Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; Cook County Bar Association; Chicago Council of Lawyers; Decalogue Society; Hellenic Bar Association; Hispanic Lawyer’s Association of Illinois; Illinois State Bar Association; Lesbian and Gay Bar Association; Puerto Rican Bar Association; Womens Bar Association;