Company: Van der Veen, Harthorn, Levin
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Hon. Bruce L. Castor Jr., partner at Van der Veen, Harthorn, Levin, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law and law enforcement.
Mr. Castor obtained a Bachelor of Arts in government and law from Lafayette College in 1983 and was awarded his Juris Doctor by the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1986. As a trial lawyer, he has practiced civil litigation for over a decade and currently focuses his practice on general civil litigation, helping victims of crime, trial strategy and tactics, and conducting discreet internal investigations for corporate clients. He has been sworn in to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the DC Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western (pending) Districts of Pennsylvania. Though he has held a myriad of positions throughout his law enforcement career prior to becoming acting attorney general, solicitor general, county commissioner, and district attorney, he has found notable success as the first assistant district attorney, the deputy district attorney (chief of trials), the assistant district attorney in charge of the Major Crimes Unit and as an assistant district attorney on the Sex Crimes Unit. Moreover, he has supervised the County Investigating Grand Jury, conducted numerous wiretap investigations, and acted as special prosecutor for the Office of Attorney General and for other counties in Pennsylvania.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Castor has received countless awards and accolades, including a 1995 Trial Advocacy Award from the National Association of Government Attorneys for his work in investigating and prosecuting homicides. He received statewide recognition for his efforts by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Governors Ridge and Casey on two separate occasions, holds a prestigious AV rating and has been listed on the Martindale-Hubble Lawyer Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1996. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine from 2005 to 2008 and 2011 to present and has been listed among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America since 2012. The Citizens’ Crime Commission of the Greater Delaware Valley honored him multiple times during his career. Mr. Castor was inducted into the Pennsylvania Police Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 2009 he was chosen by his peers as a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the National Trial Lawyer Honor Society, a member of Elite American Lawyers, and the National Academy of Jurisprudence. Looking toward the future, Mr. Castor aims to continue leading a successful law career in private practice.
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