Priscilla M. Castillo represents local, regional, and national clients in various types of litigation and employment law matters before administrative agencies and in both state and federal courts. Her practice also includes advising employers and organizations regarding internal investigations and compliance.
Priscilla has successfully negotiated favorable settlements for clients in such areas as employment discrimination and retaliation, medical malpractice, personal injury, breach of contract, violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and professional liability. She has advised companies and employers on such matters as employment guidelines and policies, internal investigations, employee training, and day-to-day management issues.
Priscilla's practice includes representing employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission and Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, in disputes concerning labor and employment laws and regulations.
Following law school, Priscilla was an associate at a New York law firm with a complex commercial litigation and white collar practice focused on representing corporate and individual clients in investigations brought by various federal and state agencies for allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), money laundering, healthcare fraud, and a variety of other offenses. She also advised a leading financial institution in numerous matters arising out of regulatory inquiries and litigation concerning document execution, foreclosure, and other debt collection practices.
After returning to El Paso, Priscilla joined one of El Paso's largest law firms and gained valuable litigation experience. During that time, Priscilla developed her own labor & employment practice and handled various litigation matters for local, regional, and national clients.
J.D., New York University
Senior Notes Editor, Journal of Legislation and Public Policy
B.A., University of Texas at El Paso
Summa cum laude, Honors Degree
Admissions & Qualifications
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of New York
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
- Federal Bar Association – El Paso Chapter
- President, 2017-2018
- Vice-President, 2016-2017
- Secretary, 2015-2016
- Board Member, 2013-Present
- Texas Association of Defense Counsel
- El Paso Society for Human Resource Management
- El Paso Bar Association
- El Paso Women’s Bar Association
- El Paso Young Lawyers Association
- Mexican American Bar Association
- Books Are Gems (Board Member, September 2014 – January 2017)
Priscilla has been admitted both to the State Bar of New York and to the State Bar of Texas. In addition, she is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Priscilla received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from New York University School of Law, where she was the Senior Notes Editor for the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science.
Priscilla is a member of the El Paso Bar Association, El Paso Women’s Bar Association, El Paso Young Lawyers Association, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. She is also an active member of the Board for the Federal Bar Association – El Paso Chapter. Priscilla is a graduate of the UTEP Law School Preparation Institute and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership El Paso Class XXXVIII.
- Obtained jury trial victory for trucking company in traumatic brain injury case in federal court.
- Successfully negotiated in favor of an engineering company charged with professional liability related to a large construction project.
- Successfully defended doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers against malpractice and negligence claims.
- Successfully represented employer against claims of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Advised a local non-profit organization regarding employee and operations matters.
- Successfully defended an educational organization against claims of negligent misrepresentation and deceptive trade practices.
- Advised a medical practice regarding provider contracts, employee handbook and policies, and employment matters.
- 2017, September. When Does HR Cross Over Into the Practice of Law?
- 2017, March. Riding the Crazy Train: Keeping Up with Critical Changes at the DOL, EEOC, DOJ, DHS, NLRB, OSHA and Other Federal Agencies Under a New Administration.
- 2016, September. Onboarding and the Employee Selection Process.
- 2016, March. The Jurassic World of FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act).
- 2016, March. Mission: Impossible? From Investigation to Termination Without Getting Sued.
- 2015, September. Fair Labor Standards Act Update.
- 2015, March. Foul or No Foul: Employer Defenses to OSHA Citations & OSHA’s New Reporting Regulations.
- 2014, September. EEOC Uniform Guidelines and Other Guidance: Pregnancy and the ADA, Breastfeeding, and LGBT Issues.
- 2014, April. Breaking Bad Habits: Improving Workplace Practices and Surviving a DOL Audit.
- 2013, April. Navigating the Minefield of an Unemployment Benefits Hearing.