- Category: Costaluz Lawyers Team
Maria Luisa de Castro is the director of the team: Maria was born in 1973, is married and has have two children: Teresa (2) and Jacobo (4 months). She went to Law School at the University of Seville (from 1990 to 1995) and started her doctoral programme in Constitutional Law (1995-1997), then started to work as a Lawyer.
In 2000 she visited the United States for the first time, to work with David Coolidge in an interdisciplinary programme in Family Law in Washington DC, (she still belongs to two professional fellowships there: The Witherspoon Fellowship and The Blackstone Fellowship). She stayed in Washington till August 2001 when, about to be hired and start working under this wonderful mentor, David was diagnosed with a brain cancer and died in 9 months.
After this painful loss ( he was a mentor, a colleague and a friend) and back in Spain, she restarted her activity as a Lawyer in the Law Firm founded by her father (Jaime Castro), where he, her two brothers (Jaime and Ignacio de Castro) and associated lawyers work at the present moment. www.decastro.es . This law firm, which has an extended experience in litigation since its founding in 1988, is hired by her as her litigation team (they do civil, commercial, company, administrative, family and criminal work law and litigation). This allows her to devote 100% of her time to an individualized client legal information and service and to legal writing for English speaking people in Spain.
She did her MA in University of Navarre from 2002 to 2004. In September of the year 2004, she got married in Grazalema.
Her husband, Luis is a video editor and right now is 100% involved in the raising and education of the children. Although starting in the Family Law field she is rapidly becoming a specialist in legal assistance to English speaking people in Spain, where she has found a challenging emptiness to be filled. She is passionate about filling that gap.
Rocio Medialdea was born in Cadiz, also called "La Tacita de Plata" (The Silver Teacup), 30 years ago but she has been living in Algeciras for 15 years where she met her husband, Ignacio. She is mother of two daughters.
She studied International Trade due to the proximity of this area to Morocco. As you are probably aware Algeciras has a great traffic of imports and exports and also its port is the most important commercial one in Europe. She worked for 3 years in the international trading area until she started to work with Maria. The truth is that she is very happy to be able to help people solve their problems.
Her favourite hobbies are travelling and animals (she has three adorable kittens and two dogs at home).
Almudena de Gracia Maruenda was born in Cartagena (Murcia) in 1973. She graduated from the University of Cadiz in Business (Information and Control). Escuela Universitaria de Estudios Empresariales de Jerez de la Frontera. 1997. Master in Economic Management and Urban Construction and Real Estate Business. Academic expert in accounting, finance and taxation of construction companies and real estate. University of Málaga. 2005.
Her entire career is centered around the area of tax consultancy and accounting, specifically in the areas of administration, fiscal management, financial accounting, analysis, cost analysis and taxes. She is in love with her profession and with accounting management for optimal business performance.
Almudena lives in Algeciras, is married and has two children. She loves tennis, music and reading .... and of course, "Sex in the City" .... which she watches as soon as her children finally let her...