SD Lawyer Magazine Photo M GastilMichelle A. Gastil (formerly Michelle A. Hoskinson) represents consumer debtors as well as parties that seek to enforce their rights to natural resources and proper administration of land use laws.

More on Ms. Gastil’s background:

Education
San Diego State University, cum laude, 2005

  • B.S., Criminal Justice Administration
  • Minors: Music; Sociology

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, cum laude, 2009

Legal Work Experience
Law Office of Michelle A. Gastil (formerly Law Office of Michelle A. Hoskinson) 2015-Present
The Perry Law Firm, Managing Associate, 2013-2014
The Perry Law Firm, Of Counsel, 2012-2013
McCarthy & Holthus, LLP, Associate Attorney, 2009-2012
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Research Assistant, 2008-2009
Sierra Club San Diego Chapter, Legal Intern, 2008-2009
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Education Law Clerk, 2008

Community Involvement

  • An Advocate for the Homeless

Think Dignity (formerly Girls Think Tank): Ms. Gastil has been a volunteer with Think Dignity since 2009, joining the group as it launched its campaign for more access to restrooms and clean drinking water right here in Downtown San Diego. Ms. Gastil joined the Board of Directors in 2011 as Secretary. In 2014, Ms. Gastil switched posts and became the group’s Treasurer. She remains the Treasurer and also sits on the Programs Committee and Gala Committee.  Think Dignity advocates for dignity for all working hand in hand with other organizations and directly with those most vulnerable – the homeless.  Check them out here:  www.thinkdignity.org

  • An Advocate for the Environment

Banning Ranch Conservancy: Ms. Gastil has volunteered with the Banning Ranch Conservancy since September 2014 shortly after she was told about the related Sierra Club Task Force called the Banning Ranch Park & Preserve Task Force.  Since before her legal career started, Ms. Gastil has been an environmental activist and now helps wherever she can find a role. For instance, during her first few weeks with this group, the public comment period for pending laws redefining the waters of the United States (WOTUS) was coming to a close, and the group discussed submitting their own public comment.  Ms. Gastil helped research the topic and provided content for their public comment letter.  In addition, Ms. Gastil has assisted with community organization and serves as Chair of the Finance and Administrative Committee.  Check out the long history of this group’s efforts here:  www.banningranchconservancy.org

Sierra Club:  Ms. Gastil has been a volunteer with the Sierra Club since 2008, serving as a legal intern to the San Diego Chapter during law school.  She was awarded the chapter’s Volunteer of the Year award after the internship.  Ms. Gastil has been a member since 2012.  She now participates with the Angeles Chapter, attending Conservation Committee meetings, enjoying local Sierra Club events, and helping the Sierra Club Banning Ranch Park & Preserve Task Force.

  • An Advocate for Financial Literacy

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 Women’s Resource Fair.

  • Engaged with the Legal Community

San Diego County Bar Association: Ms. Gastil is active with the SDCBA.  She is Vice Chair for the Environmental Law Section and specifically helps the section maintain community outreach events and outreach to law students.  Ms. Gastil is also a Member-At-Large for the Civil Section.

Awards

Award name Grantor Date granted
Litigator of the Month McCarty & Holthus, LLP 2011
Litigator of the Month McCarthy & Holthus, LLP 2010
Excellence in Service San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program 2009
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services State Bar of California 2009
Volunteer of the Year Sierra Club San Diego 2008
Writing Competition Finalist American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section 2008