Biography of Thomas Castello



Born and raised in the South Hills, Mr. Castello graduated from Canevin Catholic High School in 1972 and proceeded on to the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his bachelor's degree in government in 1976.  Mr. Castello then earned his juris doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in 1979.  


Professional Experience


Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Castello became a Clerk for the Honorable Stephen A. Zappala (Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County).  After two years, Mr. Castello moved to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court with Justice Zappala as his Chief Clerk and served in that capacity from 1983-95.


Mr. Castello used his experience as Chief Clerk to excel as an associate for Plunkett & Cooney in Pittsburgh, PA.  Working with Plunkett & Cooney from 1995-2001, Mr. Castello specialized in plaintiff's personal injury action, estate administration, domestic relations, and municipal law.


In 2001, Mr. Castello became a sole proprietor by opening The Law Office of Thomas M. Castello in Dormont, less than 3 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.


Community, Family, and more 


Mr. Castello loves being involved throughout the community, whether it be in his role as a Scott Township Commissioner or the founder and president of the Chartiers Valley Youth Basketball Association.


In 1995, Mr. Castello sought election to the Scott Township Board of Commissioners, and has not looked back since.  After 15+ years, he still enjoys ensuring that Scott Township remains one of the best and most affordable places to live in all of Western Pennsylvania.


Mr. Castello's love for his community has intertwined with his love for basketabll through the creation of the Chartiers Valley Youth Basketball Association.  After seeing his younger two children through the organization, Mr. Castello remained an active part of the association by continuing to coach other teams.  Mr. Castello has since passed on the leadership duties.  The Chartiers Valley Youth Basketball Association continues to provide quality basketball experiences for boys and girls across the Chartiers Valley School District.


Mr. Castello is happily married to his wife Mary Esther.  They are the proud parents of four children (Jeff, 27; Amy, 25; Brian, 23; Kristen, 18) and proud grandparents of one grandson (Bryan, 3).


Mr. Castello in the news


Mr. Castello has been featured in numerous articles in various publications over the years, here are a few recent selections: