Results from Disaster/Earthquake Litigation

6.7 Northridge Earthquake, 16 Death Cases...

As "Lead Attorney" for the plaintiffs in the Northridge Meadows lawsuit, Joel Castro led the fight for people who had lost loved ones and property in the terrible tragedy. "We're trying to recover for folks who have had the worst loss known to man." (Daily Journal, 1994)

He obtained an injunction against demolition until his experts could perform a full failure analysis and his clients could retrieve possessions from the quake site. The controlled demolition that followed has been widely recognized as setting a new standard for invasive inspections and photo documentation.

His advanced analysis of the causes of the collapse was widely reported in state and national periodicals, and it forced cities to rewrite their building codes. He twice addressed the California Seismic Commission, providing recommendations to improve construction and avoid future tragedies.

He was the only attorney invited to address the California State Seismic Safety Commission, providing them with the findings of his construction defect failure analysis. Many of his suggestions were adopted.

In January of 1995, he presented a seminar on "Aftershocks: What Litigators and Real Estate Attorneys Need to Know About the Northridge Earthquake" for the LA County Bar.

As a leading source of legal information related to seismic safety, he has frequently been contacted in the aftermath of the Northridge Earthquake by the Los Angeles Times, the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Magazine.

At the request of Pepperdine University and the Sheriffs' Disaster Communications Service, he presented a Seismic Failure Seminar demonstrating failure modes from the Northridge Earthquake and presenting recommendations for preserving life and property in future earthquakes.

He participated with CUREe, Stanford, Berkeley, and SAC engineers in the investigation and analysis of steel moment frame failures in the Northridge Earthquake. As a result, new codes were written. As "Lead Attorney" for the plaintiffs in the Northridge Meadows lawsuit, Joel Castro led the fight for people who had lost loved ones and property in the terrible tragedy. "We're trying to recover for folks who have had the worst loss known to man." (Daily Journal, 1994)

He obtained an injunction against demolition until his experts could perform a full failure analysis and his clients could retrieve possessions from the quake site. The controlled demolition that followed has been widely recognized as setting a new standard for invasive inspections and photo documentation.

His advanced analysis of the causes of the collapse was widely reported in state and national periodicals, and it forced cities to rewrite their building codes. He twice addressed the California Seismic Commission, providing recommendations to improve construction and avoid future tragedies.

He was the only attorney invited to address the California State Seismic Safety Commission, providing them with the findings of his construction defect failure analysis. Many of his suggestions were adopted.

In January of 1995, he presented a seminar on "Aftershocks: What Litigators and Real Estate Attorneys Need to Know About the Northridge Earthquake" for the LA County Bar.

As a leading source of legal information related to seismic safety, he has frequently been contacted in the aftermath of the Northridge Earthquake by the Los Angeles Times, the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Magazine.

At the request of Pepperdine University and the Sheriffs' Disaster Communications Service, he presented a Seismic Failure Seminar demonstrating failure modes from the Northridge Earthquake and presenting recommendations for preserving life and property in future earthquakes.

He participated with CUREe, Stanford, Berkeley, and SAC engineers in the investigation and analysis of steel moment frame failures in the Northridge Earthquake. As a result, new codes were written.