Joshua N. Kastan
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Joshua N. Kastan's practice encompasses both commercial litigation and transactional matters. Josh's experience in commercial litigation includes the representation of personal and commercial insurers against alleged claims of bad faith, frequently involving complex multi-party lawsuits and nuanced coverage issues. He has also represented a variety of insureds in cases involving claims ranging from premises liability to commercial fraud. Josh has experience in every phase of litigation, from initial case evaluation to resolution.
In his transactional practice, Josh routinely advises institutional financial clients on matters relating to brokerage accounts and life insurance. Representative areas include: the interplay of trusts and estates with various financial products; the validity of small estate affidavits and small estate administration; the filing of interpleader actions on behalf of stakeholders to resolve competing claims to property; and the enforceability of IRA beneficiary, T.O.D., and P.O.D. designations.
Apart from his regular appearances in California and Washington State, Josh has been admitted pro hac vice in Oregon, Montana, Hawaii, and Minnesota courts. He is also licensed to practice in Washington, D.C.
Josh received his J.D. from UC Davis School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Josh was a member and editor of the UC Davis Law Review. He received his B.A. in International Studies from Emory University in 2009 and is a native of New Jersey.
Prior to joining the firm, Josh clerked at two district attorney's offices, where he gained significant litigation experience both in and out of court. During law school, Josh also externed for a federal magistrate judge in El Centro, California.
Areas of Practice
Insurance Bad Faith
Complex Commercial Litigation
Unfair Business Practice
University of California, Davis School of Law, Davis, California
J.D. - 2012
Honors: Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Legal Research & Writing I
Honors: Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Legal Research & Writing II
Honors: Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Legal Ethics
Honors: Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Policing Seminar
Law Review: UC Davis Law Review (Vol. 45), Senior Notes and Comments Editor
Law Review: UC Davis Law Review (Vol. 44), Member
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
B.A. - 2009
Honors: Dean's List
Major: International Studies
Past Employment Positions
Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, Law Clerk
San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, Law Clerk
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Judicial Extern