Claudia Castro is Associate Counsel at Odelson Sterk, LTD. Claudia is a graduate of Proviso Township High School District 209, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University Chicago and her Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. She began her legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago where she prosecuted hundreds of bench and jury trials. Claudia served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board, and prior to joining the State, she was General Counsel for the Illinois Coalition against Sexual Assault in Springfield.
Throughout her career, Claudia has worked closely with the Latino communities providing assistance and education in criminal justice issues. Her litigation experience and fluency in Spanish earned her a position as an instructor with the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) Alliance Partnership Program, where she participated in training programs in trial advocacy for prosecutors throughout Mexico.
Currently, Claudia serves as President-Elect of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. She was the former Young Lawyers Division National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Claudia also served on the Board of Directors and as President-Elect of the National Hispanic Prosecutor’s Association. In 2012, Claudia was named as one of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Illinois Attorneys under Forty to Watch List.
Aside from her active practice of law, Claudia serves as a member of the Melrose Park Village Planning and Zoning Board and is a board trustee of St. Mary’s Services-Hopeful Beginnings. Claudia, a lifelong resident of Melrose Park, has a daughter who graduated from the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and is currently attending college.