(NOTE: This is a selective biography, written in February 2006)
Date of Birth: 11/8/1926, Monolith, California
Spouse: Marian Castro
Education: University of San Francisco School of Law, 1959. Admitted to California Bar 1961
Work: Private law Practice, sole practitioner (1963-1966), Sheela, O’Laughlin, Hughes & Castro (1966-1968), Sheela, Lightner, Hughes, Hilmen & Castro (1968-1970), Sheela, Lightner, Hughes & Castro (1970-1977), Lightner & Castro (1982-1991), Lightner, Castro, Shaefer & Hunter, (1991-1995), Sole Practitioner (1996-1998)
Bar/other: SDCBA Board of Directors 1970-1973, Treasurer, 1972, Vice President 1973, Member, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, ATLA, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, National Association of Defense Counsel in Criminal Case, and California Trial Lawyers Association; United States Presidential Judge Nominating Commission; Southern Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Panel, 1979; Master, American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welch Inn, No. 9, 1990-1992 (Jury Selection); Member of the Federal Magistrate Merit Selection Panel, Southern District of California, 1994-1995; Member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Senior Advisory Board, 1994-1997; University of San Diego Board of Trustees, 1972-1977; Chairman of Student Affairs Committee during said term. Also member of Finance Committee, Member of School of Law Advisory Board, 2 years (1980s), Lecturer, Trial Practice, University of San Diego Law School, 1966-1969; Board of Trustees, Children Hospital and Health Center, 1974-1978. Member of Finance Committee one year; Mercy Outreach Surgical Team, 1992-1993; Member U.C.S.D. Board of Overseers, 1990-1998; Chairman of the Board, 1993-1996; Present Member of U.C.S.D. Foundation Board of Trustees, 1996-present.; Member of Nominating Committee; Member U.C.S.D. Preuss School Board of Directors; U.C.S.D. Hispanic Scholarship Council, 1996-2000; Inducted into the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, June 6, 2002.