Over Ten Years of Experience
Michelle A. Gastil (formerly Michelle A. Hoskinson) has been a litigation attorney for the past ten years. She has handled litigation, arbitration, negotiation, and appellate proceedings in areas including debt collection and settlement, contract disputes for consumers and businesses, and unpaid wages. Ms. Gastil seeks to assist individuals and businesses through the justice system in numerous areas of law, including unfair debt collection, violations of fair credit reporting, identity theft, defense of debt collection lawsuits, judgment enforcement, unpaid wages, and contract negotiation and settlement.
Bankruptcy and Related Options
Along with years long experience in non-litigation and litigation disputes, Ms. Gastil has represented both creditors and debtors through bankruptcy proceedings, including adversary proceedings. Ms. Gastil is focused on your goals. Bankruptcy often does not match with an individual's or business' actual goals, but there are almost always alternatives to reach those goals. Bankruptcy is not always the answer. Ms. Gastil aims to direct individuals and businesses down paths that serve their best interests.
Environmental/Land Use and Open Government
Ms. Gastil can also provide legal services to environmental protection groups and or individuals seeking to protect the environment and uphold compliance with environmental, land use, and open government laws. Ms. Gastil has been a long time environmental law enthusiast and has been involved as a volunteer in cases dealing with land use development. Ms. Gastil has served as General Counsel for the Banning Ranch Conservancy, an Orange County based environmental protection group that seeks to conserve about 400 acres of land situated between Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Along with assisting on legal research projects, Ms. Gastil has lead the Finance and Administration Committee to assist in the group's day to day dealings and processes.
Credit Abuse Resistance Education (C.A.R.E.) Committee: Ms. Gastil volunteers with the C.A.R.E. Committee in San Diego. This Committee is part of a program that seeks to educate high school and college students on the responsible use of credit and other fundamentals of financial literacy, as well as the potential consequences of poor money management and credit card abuse. Ms. Gastil has provided several presentations on financial literacy, including at the 2015 and 2016 Women’s Resource Fair.
Solo Incubator Program: Ms. Gastil started her law office in 2015 and was fortunate to begin as part of a cohort of other solo practitioners dedicated to access to justice. Though Ms. Gastil's year long participation in the incubator program is over, this office still seeks to provide sliding scale and other low bono fee structures so that more people can have access to justice.
Legal Aid Society of San Diego: Ms. Gastil is an active volunteer for the Legal Aid Society of San Diego's Bankruptcy Self-Help Center and Clinic and has been since these programs started in 2017.
San Diego County Bar Association: Ms. Gastil is active with the SDCBA. She has served as Vice Chair for the Environmental Law Section and specifically helped the section maintain community outreach events and outreach to law students. Ms. Gastil is also a member of the Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, and Appellate Sections.
Filipino-America Lawyers of San Diego: Ms. Gastil has participated with FALSD since 2017. In 2020, Ms. Gastil was honored to join FALSD's Board of Directors as its Secretary.
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