JAMES A. SARRAIL graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a BA degree in 1965. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California in 1968. Mr. Sarrail is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, United States Supreme Court, United States District Court, Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He is a former adjunct professor in insurance and business law at Golden Gate University in San Francisco and has served as a judicial arbitrator for the San Francisco and San Mateo County Superior Courts. His background in civil litigation and trial is extensive. Mr. Sarrail is a member of the State Bar of California, San Mateo County Bar Association, Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, and Defense Research Institute.
MONICA CASTILLO graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, California, with a BA degree in 1985. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, in 1989. She is admitted to practice in all California Courts, and the United States District Court, Northern District. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Mateo County Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Northern California Association of Defense Counsel. Ms. Castillo serves as a Judicial Arbitrator for the County of San Mateo and as judge for the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. She is also a fellow of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Ms. Castillo has extensive experience in civil litigation, including numerous trials.
JONATHAN S. LARSEN graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a B. A. degree in 1984. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, California, in 1987. He is admitted to practice in all California Courts, and the United States District Court, Central and Southern Districts. He is a member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Larsen enjoys an enviable civil trial record; he also chairs the firm's first party coverage work.
IVANKA F. ACKBARI graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, California with a BA degree in 1975. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University Of California Boalt Hall School Of Law, Berkeley, California, in 1978. After graduating from law school, Ms. Ackbari was a research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland where she clerked for the Honorable Judge Broussard and later for the Honorable Judge McKibben. Ms. Ackbari is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Ms. Ackbari compliments our trial team in the third party litigation.
About Sarrail Castillo & Hall
The Road To Successful Litigation Starts With Great Relationships
When you first come to the Burlingame, CA office of Sarrail Castillo & Hall, you may notice something different — lawyers who really care about you and your case. We know that people who come through our door have suffered a terrible ordeal involving property damage, bodily harm or worse. You can depend on the lawyers at our firm to listen and consider the best course of action to assist you in your situation.
We are dedicated to achieving the best outcome. Sometimes that means accepting a settlement. Sometimes that means going to trial, and we stand ready to battle any opposition to the successful resolution of your case. We welcome the challenges of advocating on your behalf.
Our attorneys also enjoy the opportunity to pass on the benefit of our experience to others by working with law students and legal professionals in mock trials and legal education activities.
Burlingame, CA Law firm helps you obtain the compensation you deserve
From our office in Burlingame, CA, Sarrail Castillo & Hall represents both plaintiffs and defendants in Alameda County, Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco and across the Bay Area. Formed by Attorney James A. Sarrail, our Managing Partner, in 1971, our firm concentrates its practice mainly on personal injury and auto accidents, and also advises on employment law and construction defect problems.
Our friendly and straightforward approach to personal injury and claims gets the best results for our clients. We have learned from years of assisting injured clients that additional stress is unnecessary when our firm recovers maximum compensation.
Experienced, Reputable And Pragmatic Personal Injury And Auto Accident Lawyers
When you enlist the assistance of Sarrail Castillo & Hall to handle your personal injury or accident case, we provide:
- The benefit of extensive experience — We have been in business since 1971.
- The reach of our reputation — Our partners and associates are well known and respected in the legal community.
- Genuine care and attention — We want to help you get on with your life as quickly and securely as possible.
- Clear, pragmatic advice in your own language — Our staff speaks Spanish, French, Russian, German and Czech.
- Familiarity with the California court system — Our attorneys are licensed to practice in multiple courts around California, and serve as Judicial Arbitrators for the County of San Mateo.
- A full strategic overview of your claim or defense — Years of representing both plaintiffs and defendants have taught us how to think like the other side and counter its next move.
We Concentrate On Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Employment Law And Construction Defects
Our personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of claims in San Mateo and the surrounding area:
- Catastrophic injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
- Premises liability
- Dog bites
- Elder abuse
- Sexual assault
- General negligence
From our office in Burlingame, CA, our auto accident lawyers represent clients injured from:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
We handle all methods of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Our attorneys are particularly seasoned negotiators in the areas of employment law and construction defects.
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We provide free initial consultations for all legal issues and flexible office hours for our clients' convenience. We often work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees until you recover due compensation for your injuries. We make home and hospital visits for personal injury clients who cannot travel.
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4/7/2018 I was in a bicycle accident in which I was hit by a car on Hwy. 9 between Saratoga and Los Gatos in October of 2014. I fractured three vertebrates and had a brain concussion. I was transported by the medics to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where I was hospitalized for 2 weeks. I was in neck and body brace for three months. Though my injuries were severe and recovery traumatic I was fortunate in that I recovered completely without any long term disability. In retrospect I am very glad that I contacted James Sarrail of Sarrail, Castillo and Hall in the second week of hospitalization. Jim visited me in the hospital. Though we talked some about the accident Jim emphasized that I not worry about the "case" but focus on therapy and recovery. I was given the green light by the doctors by January end 2015 after which I had to leave the country for three months on a teaching commitment. My dialog with Jim regarding the accident started in May, 2015. The best part of my experience with Jim and his law firm was that they are very meticulous and thorough and I did not have to worry about any details. They drove the time schedule and the agenda. I just had to show up for the meetings they organized. I was surprised when Jim brought the suit against not only the insurance company but also the City and the State of California. At times I would be overwhelmed by the presence of three to four attorneys for the opposition. Unlike me Jim was never phased and always there to reassure and encourage me. Over two years there were many depositions including a non binding mediation (which did not resolve the case). I was always impressed that Jim and his associates were consistently much better prepared than the opposition. As the mediation was unsuccessful with no offer from the defending parties the next step was to go to trail. On my request we decided not to go on trail. I do not like lawsuits and at this time I was not very optimistic. Over the next few months behind the scene Jim worked his "magic", negotiated with the attorneys from the three parties and resulted in an offer. I was pleasantly surprised and very satisfied with the settlement. I am very happy that engaged Jim Sarrail to represent me. I endorse Sarrail Castillo and Hall as highly professional, extremely organized, ethical and astute negotiators
This law practice exceeded my expectations. They have assisted us with many issues. Because of their expertise with contracts, employment law and California law, we have avoided complicated litigation. An ounce of prevention is worth a court load of cures.
Excellent customer service and she was following up from day one
Monica castillo is helpful nice and patient....GOD BLESS U
I had a very good experience with Monica Castillo of Sarrail, Castillo & Hall. I highly recommend this law firm. Ms. Castillo is patient, thorough, and understanding. It's a bonus that she is also fluent in Spanish!
I hired Sarrail, Castillo & Hall after an auto accident i was involved with. I worked closely with Monica Castillo who was so wonderful, understanding, patient, professional and thorough. I would highly recommend this firm.
I had a need for lawyer services last year and i was referred to Monica Castillo - best advice i ever got! Monica and her company were so helpful, organized, knowledgeable and direct. They helped me get what i needed. I never felt like i had a dumb question with them either. I highly recommend this company for all of your law questions!!
Monica Castillo is a terrific attorney: her calm, balanced approach helped me get a very good settlement in what was becoming a difficult dispute without the need for litigation. I highly recommend her!
Excellent Legal Services for Corporations and Business Owners; Highly Recommend
In any business setting, there can be an overwhelming amount of time that one can spend on new-hire contracts and forms, disciplinary actions, and the termination or suspension of certain employees when they are insubordinate. And sometimes when you own a small enterprise, having to deal with these particular day-to-day operations is especially important, which is why I need to make sure I have the proper support of a legal team. I retained the legal services of Sarrail Castillo & Hall to ensure that my company has the proper guidance and counseling of employees at my company, since I do not have a full-time in-house HR department. On a late afternoon, I had contacted Sarrail Castillo & Hall to ask a number of questions about the proper and legal methods of terminating an employee. A few days later, I went into George Sarrail’s office and met with he and his fellow naming partner at his practice, Monica Castillo. I first wanted to show George and Monica my new-hire contract that I have asked all employees to sign on their first day of work at my company. I asked for any feedback and changes that I should include or exclude and George spent some time explaining areas that I need to revise and quickly highlighted the changes that I should make. After a review of my new-hire contracts, we then proceeded to discuss my next matter; the termination of one of my employee and the legalities of what I should say, cannot say, etc.. We decided to work on a practice-round of how I would approach the situation and they coached me extremely well on what to say and how to both begin and end the meeting when I terminate my employee. This was indeed very important to me as a small business owner because it is very nerve-wracking when dealing with HR policies and issues. I wanted to be both well-versed and knowledgeable, especially if I have to deal with another scenario like this again. I am extremely thankful for the help that both George and Monica had assisted me with and I will continue to seek their guidance as my company continues to evolve and develop. I highly recommend Sarrail Castillo & Hall for their legal services.
Professional Service of the Highest Calibre
I have been a client of Sarrail, Castillo, & Hall since 1987. Attorneys Sarrail and Castillo have provided me with countless hours of legal counsel, guidance, and service in the initial preparation, as well as subsequent codicils and amendments, of my Last Will and Testament, Revocable Trust, and Advance Healthcare Directive. I feel very fortunate to be a client of the firm.
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