Our Team

Damian R. Castaneda

Attorney

Damian R. Castaneda, Attorney

Phone: 408-998-5888

 Fax: 408-904-7391

I have a passion and love for what I do. At Castaneda & Company, we represent individuals and small businesses in the areas of business law, contracts, fraud, and real estate. After I filed a lawsuit in October 2007 against Apple™ and AT&T over the iPhone™, I was featured on websites around the world including Businessweek.com, Forbes.com, MSNBC.com, and the USAToday.com.

We have gone up against Stanford University, Google, Adobe, and Bank of America. Despite these big names, the majority of our clients are ordinary people and small business owners. We like representing the underdog and we like beating the odds—but we also handle simple cases as well.

More About Damian:

I graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1999 and from California State University, Long Beach in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Accounting.​

In my first year as an attorney, I authored two papers about the 2000 Presidential Election case of Bush v. Gore. I sent one paper to the Electoral College and the other to Al Gore’s attorneys. I raised legal issues which were overlooked by the United States Supreme Court, attorneys in the case, and initially by the Florida Supreme Court. After the U. S. Supreme Court ruled against Gore, the Florida Supreme Court finally acknowledged the legal arguments that I had been making—issues which would have allowed the counting of Florida votes through January 6th, 2001.

Laura Zellman

Attorney

Laura Zellman, Attorney

Phone: 408-998-5888

Fax: 408-904-7391

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Laura graduated in the top quarter of her class from University of San Francisco School of Law. While there, she received two summer grants to work at non-profit organizations and upon graduation, she received a Public Interest Law certificate for qualifying volunteer experience and coursework in the non-profit and public interest sectors.

Laura also holds a  Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in French from Northwestern University. She practiced in the area of employment discrimination litigation before joining the firm, and has a strong background in public interest law. After law school, Laura interned at the Office of the Family Law Facilitator in San Mateo County where she ran a divorce workshop.

Laura now specializes in contract and employment litigation.

Laura has no spare time, because she is the proud mother of three beautiful young children, Oliver, Emmeline and Ramona, and three beautiful dogs, Wagnes, Abitail and Sam. She used to enjoy reading about 20th Century British history whilst listening to 20th Century British music.

Matthew McElroy

Attorney

Matt McElroy, Attorney

Phone: 408-998-5888

Fax: 408-904-7391

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Matthew received his law degree from Lincoln Law School, and before that, he earned a Bachelor in Marketing at San Jose State University, and studied Business Administration and Management at West Valley College.

Matthew joined Castaneda & Company in March 2016, after meeting Damian at a Bar Prep Class. Damian was immediately taken with Matthew’s work ethic, his “can do” attitude, and his willingness to learn. Damian has taught Matthew everything he knows, and consequently Matthew holds his own against seasoned attorneys with years of experience.

Matt has a background in Real Estate, both in Sales and Appraisals, which comes into play constantly in his job at Castaneda & Company.

Matthew enjoys Martial Arts, and is also an avid animal lover, just like every other member of Castaneda and Company.

Nicole Crawford

Legal Secretary

Nicole Crawford, Legal Secretary

Phone: 408-998-5888

Fax: 408-904-7391

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Our newest team member, Nicole joined Castaneda & Company in March of 2017. She is an experienced Legal Secretary whose diverse background has made her the ultimate jack-of-all-trades.

Nicole received her degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, CA and has a background in substantive legal work, luxury customer service, and sales. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, art, music and fashion.