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James P. Castles

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Burlingame, CA

Furukawa Castles LLP
800 Airport Blvd, Suite 504
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 415-632-1584
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2013, 2018 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Construction Litigation: Business (80%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney James P. Castles is a partner at Furukawa Castles LLP in Burlingame, California. Mr. Castles focuses his practice on construction matters, representing clients throughout the state of California. Additionally, he provides guidance and counsel to clients on contract drafting, project documentation, risk management and strategic positioning for their construction projects. He is recognized as a respected member of his legal community and known for providing creative solutions designed for each client’s distinctive needs.

Mr. Castles has over 40 years of legal experience and is a seasoned litigator, arbitrator and mediator. Over the course of his career, he has helped settle countless legal disputes in the construction industry. He has experience with public and private projects involving various types of buildings and infrastructure, including roads, bridges and dams, as well as colleges, condominiums, homes, hospitals, hotels, jails and office buildings.

Mr. Castles earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Russian studies from Colgate University. He earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. While pursuing his law degree, he was topics editor of the law review and belonged to the McAuliffe Honor Society. Following law school, he obtained his license to practice law and became qualified to appear before all California state courts. 

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Castles enjoys staying active in his legal community. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. In 2019, he provided pro bono legal service to the Oakland Museum of California, assisting with contracts involving new construction projects for the museum.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Construction Defects, Arbitration, Mediation


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2013, 2018 - 2021

About James P. Castles

First Admitted: 1976, California

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  • Super Lawyers Distinction in Construction

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, California State Bar

Representative Clients

  • KMD, Perkins + Will, SOM, NBBJ, MG2, Gensler, BAR Architects, Arup, Hornberger + Worstell, Rutherford + Chekene, EHDD, tBP Architects

Educational Background

  • Graduated from Colgate University, B.A., Political Science/Russian Studies, 1972

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Assisting the Oakland Museum of California with contracts pertaining to new construction projects planned for the Museum, 2019
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Office Location for James P. Castles

800 Airport Blvd
Suite 504
Burlingame, CA 94010

Phone: 415-632-1584

Last Updated: 5/10/2021

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