Christine E. Castro joined Wendy H. Schwartz and Associates in the summer of 2021 and comes to the Firm with a wealth of knowledge and experience garnered from her years of work with the federal government on multiple continents, while she was also a military spouse raising two children. She is known for her passion for meeting people where they are, and assisting them through some of the most challenging times of their lives.
Having personal knowledge of the trauma experienced by children in high conflict divorce proceedings, and the long-term effects on the parties, and particularly on the children, Christine was inspired to work with families experiencing difficult times in various circumstances, ultimately becoming a family law attorney.
Christine’s interest in issues involving children was further cultivated while working as a Montessori pre-school teacher in 1995 to 1996, and later at the Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health facility in central Florida, where she volunteered her services working with at-risk youth in support of the Behavior Analyst in 2011.
While stationed in Hawaii, Christine assisted with the expansion of a small mortgage brokerage firm and the purchase of an escrow company in three short years. She also hosted a financial talk radio show on a local radio station sponsored by the company, before podcasting became popular.
Prior to law school, while stationed in Germany, Christine worked with the Department of Defense in Stuttgart, Germany, and had a key role in the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives in several countries of Africa. Later, she assisted in the advancement of U.S. diplomacy in South America, as a consular associate for the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, where she advocated for U.S. citizens living in Bolivia.
While in law school, Christine interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando, Florida.
Prior to joining the Firm, Christine served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Richard E. Gardiner and the Honorable Randy I. Bellows at the Fairfax Circuit Court of Virginia. During her clerkship, she reviewed hundreds of divorce and support cases including marital and/or child support, child custody, complex property division and marital settlement agreements. Christine has particular experience with the intersection of domestic relations, and challenges with mental health and crime. During her clerkship, she conducted research in multiple civil cases involving mental health issues, including involuntary commitment, and she wrote and edited multiple judicial opinions.
Christine’s compassion for people extends to her pro bono activities as an attorney in post-conviction relief matters with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center and its de-carceration project, Beyond Guilt. She has also volunteered her time assisting formerly incarcerated individuals with their reentry into society.
Christine graduated magna cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University with a B.A. in Business Administration in 2003. She received her J.D., with cum laude honors in 2015, along with a certificate in Human Rights and Global Justice Studies, from Florida A&M College of Law. Christine was admitted to practice law by the District of Columbia Bar in 2016.
Christine is a member of the Family Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar; and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals, including judges, attorneys and mental health providers, working to improve the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.
Christine E. Castro