Gabriel is a Senior Associate with BAL and leads the Los Angeles office. As an experienced attorney who has worked in multiple aspects of immigration law, including business, family, and removal defense, Gabriel offers his clients both skilled legal advice and exceptional service. Gabriel focuses his practice on business immigration, specifically in the Sports and Entertainment sectors, working with companies of all sizes to help bring in and retain athletes, artists, coaches, and workers through both nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions.
Gabriel began his legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Attorney program, where he served as an Attorney Advisor to the Los Angeles Immigration Court. Subsequently, Gabriel was the Directing Attorney for Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, where he helped families in the Los Angeles community navigate the U.S. immigration system. Since then, Gabriel has practiced business immigration law, representing companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 to local small businesses, before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Additionally, he has aided professional sports teams in the NBA, WNBA, and NHL acquire visas for foreign-based players.
Gabriel is proficient in Spanish and enjoys giving back to the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley.
Education & Admissions
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Juris Doctor
University of Alabama, Bachelor of Communications
Admitted to: State Bar of California and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
US Immigration Should Clarify Status of Esports Athletes, J. Gabriel Castro, Law360, June 16, 2022.
“Immigration Delays are Causing Attrition in U.S. Sports & Entertainment Talent,” J. Gabriel Castro, California Business Journal, June 6, 2022.
Panelist, Navigating the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Process, 2022 AILA Silicon Valley Webinar, Santa Clara, CA (Feb. 2022)
Panelist, Is That A Real Thing? Strategies For Cases In New And Emerging Fields, 2021 AILA Fall Conference And Webcast, Las Vegas, NV (Oct. 2021)
Panelist, ICE Raids, Muslim Bans Privacy Invasions: What You Need to Know, ACLU-Pasadena Foothills, Glendale, CA (April 2017)
Speaker, DACA and Student Visas under the Trump Administration, Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA (March 2017)