Mike Castillo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Defense Group, LLC
 | 2970 W Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone: 702-333-3673
Fax: 702-974-0524
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2017, 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Family Law (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Mike Castillo is an attorney at Las Vegas Defense Group, LLC, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Castillo focuses his practice primarily on criminal law, representing clients in Las Vegas and throughout the state of Nevada. He also has experience with family law and personal injury law.

    Prior to joining Las Vegas Defense Group, Mr. Castillo served as an extern with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. This role provided him with valuable knowledge regarding the prosecution of criminal cases, which he uses to help his clients as part of his criminal defense practice.

    Over the course of his criminal defense career, Mr. Castillo has represented clients in many jury trials involving a wide range of charges, including attempted murder and murder. He has experience at the trial and appellate level with cases involving allegations of domestic violence, drug crimes, DUI, and other misdemeanor and felony charges.

    Mr. Castillo’s success in criminal defense law has earned him recognition from professional organizations. The National Trial Lawyers named him one of the “top 100 criminal defense attorneys” and the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 best attorneys” for client satisfaction. 

    Active in his legal community, Mr. Castillo is a member of the Clark County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also serves as lead associate defense counsel for the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers.

    Mr. Castillo earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan and received his law degree from the University of Las Vegas Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law. He holds a license to practice law before all Nevada state courts.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Criminal Defense
    • 10%Family Law
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Rising Stars: 2016 - 2017, 2019

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    About Mike Castillo

    Admitted: 2009, Nevada

    Professional Webpage: https://www.shouselaw.com/nv/defense/


    • "Top 100" Criminal Defense Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
    • Super Lawyers-rated Rising Star
    • Best DUI Lawyers in Las Vegas, Expertise, 2018
    • Top 100 Lawyers, MyVegas Magazine, 2018
    • 10 Best Attorney (Nevada), American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2015
    • 10 Best Law Firm Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2017
    • https://bestoflasvegas.com/listing/k:las%20vegas%20defense%20group, Best Criminal Defense Firm Gold Winner, Las Vegas Review-Journal "Best of Las Vegas", 2018
    • 10 Best Law Firm Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2018
    • Top Lawyers, Three Best Rated, 2017
    • Las Vegas Review-Journal "Best of Las Vegas", Best Criminal Defense Firm Gold Winner
    • Perfect 10 point AVVO score, AVVO, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers
    • Clark County Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member


    • State of NV v. Christian P., 2012
    • State of NV v. John R., 2011
    • State of NV v. Erica T., 2012
    • State of NV v. Tyson H., 2012
    • State of NV v. Aaron H., 2013
    • State of NV v. Linda C., 2012
    • State of NV v. Andry N., 2013
    • State of NV v. Leopoldo G., 2013
    • State of NV v. Dustin B., 2015
    • State of NV v. Linda C., 2017
    • State of NV v. N.D., 2017
    • State v. J.S., 2018
    • City of Las Vegas v. J.B., 2017
    • State v. L.B., 2019
    • State v. A.H., 2019
    • State v. M.C., 2019
    • NV v. John R. NOT GUILTY KIDNAPPING Defendant charged with conspiring to kidnap.  , 2011
    • Barral v. State, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 52, 2015
    • State v. Gonzalez 298 P. 3d 448, 2013
    • NV v. Daryal T. NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS Defendant was a Nye County Sheriff Deputy when he was charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate., 2011
    • NV v. Jennifer M DISMISSED SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION Defendant's prostitution charge was dismissed after she completed an AIDS awareness class., 2012
    • NV v. Leopold G. NOT GUILTY LUDE AND LASCIVIOUS- HUNG JURY ON SEXUAL ASSAULT Defendant was charged with sexually abusing his minor-aged niece., 2012
    • NV v. Aaron H NOT GUILTY VERDICT FOR RAPE Client was arrested for rape. Las Vegas Defense Group presented evidence that any sexual conduct was consensual., 2013
    • NV v. Christian P. NOT GUILTY FELONY BATTERY WITH SERIOUS INJURY Defendant went up to security guard at a casino to ask why he was told to leave the casino floor. The security guard assaulted defendant who then hit a coffee pot over the security guard's head, resulting in severe lacerations and burns. Defendant claimed self-defense., 2012
    • State v. Cooney ATTEMPT MURDER CONVICTION REVERSED AND REMANDED. Client was convicted at trial in Las Vegas of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, battery domestic violence with a deadly weapon, stalking and bribery. Las Vegas Defense Group appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court that the judge made several mistakes that prejudiced the jury against our client. The Nevada Supreme Court agreed and reversed the convictions. Now our client may have a fair trial. , 2017
    • NV v. Barral RAPE CONVICTIONS REVERSED; NEW TRIAL ORDERED   Clark County District Court convicted our client of 2 counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14. On appeal, we argued that the Clark County District Court committed a "structural error" by failing to administer the oath to the jury panel prior to "voir dire." The Nevada Supreme Court agreed and reversed the convictions and ordered a new trial., 2015


    Educational Background:

    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Education B.A., 2000
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    Office Location for Mike Castillo

    2970 W Sahara Ave.
    Las Vegas, NV 89102

    Phone: 702-333-3673

    Fax: 702-974-0524

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