Bruce L. Castor, Jr.
Bruce L. Castor, Jr., Partner
Bruce L. Castor, Jr. is currently serving his second elected term as Montgomery County Commissioner and focuses his legal practice on general litigation, victims of crime, personal injury, internal corporate investigations, and white collar criminal defense. He joined the firm as a partner on July 1, 2013, after practicing law as a senior partner for five and a half years at another firm.
During Mr. Castor’s 23 year prosecutorial career, he received the Trial Advocacy Award from the National Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation for his work investigating and prosecuting homicides. He gained recognition for his efforts by the state legislature on two occasions, as well as by Governors Ridge and Casey. He has been named by the Chamber of Commerce as Montgomery County's Law Enforcement Man of the Year. Mr. Castor has also been listed on the Martindale-Hubble Lawyer Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1996 holding that organization’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards (AV 5 of 5), and has been named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer," by Philadelphia Magazine eight times. The Citizens Crime Commission of the Greater Delaware Valley honored Mr. Castor multiple times during his career, and he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Police Hall of Fame in 2007. The Montgomery Bar Association awarded Mr. Castor its Louis D. Stefan award for lifetime achievement promoting the rule of law and administration of justice. He is a Fellow of the courtroom Honor Society Litigation Counsel of America (peer selected) and in 2013, Mr. Castor was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer of America.
Prior to becoming the twice-elected District Attorney of Montgomery County, Mr. Castor served as First Assistant District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney (Chief of Trials), Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Major Crimes Unit, and as an assistant district attorney on the Sex Crimes Unit. He supervised the County Investigating Grand Jury, and conducted numerous wiretap investigations. He also acted as special prosecutor for the Office of Attorney General on many occasions. He frequently lectures on topics related to investigation and prosecution.
In addition to Pennsylvania’s Bar Association, Mr. Castor is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Castor is past President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys’ Association (and holder of that organization’s Legion of Merit Award), a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations (a former director), and a charter member of the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators' Association. He served on the board of the Montgomery Bar Association and further served as a Trustee of Norristown State Hospital having been appointed by Governor Ridge, Governor Schweiker, and by Governor Casey. The Justices appointed him to the Juvenile Court Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to help author the Rules from scratch. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Mr. Castor to a "Blue Ribbon Panel" to reform the criminal court system in the City of Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Senate tapped Mr. Castor to be part of a committee to make recommendations to the legislature on reforming all aspects of the criminal justice system throughout the Commonwealth and previously, he had a hand in authoring what became the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence.
Mr. Castor acquired his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and his law degree from Washington and Lee University where he received the graduation prize in criminal law. He took advanced education from the National College of District Attorneys, and a special class for one prosecutor from each state at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason being granted the honor “at-large” for his service to the community.
Mr. Castor is a life long resident of Montgomery County and lives in Lower Salford Township with his wife and their two children.