David A. Castleman, Partner

David A. Castleman, Partner

David Castleman has extensive litigation experience in federal and state courts and before arbitrators regarding a variety of subjects, including construction law, securities law, insurance coverage disputes, ERISA, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employment agreements, negligent hiring and retention, employment discrimination and whistleblower claims, insurance coverage actions, physician recruitment agreements, franchise law and distribution agreements, church property disputes, premises liability, arbitration agreements, settlement agreements, commercial contracts, corporate fiduciary actions and legal malpractice defense.

Mr. Castleman also has substantial appellate experience.  He has briefed and argued numerous appeals in the Eastern and Southern Districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals and in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Castleman’s non-litigation practice includes providing legal counseling to employers and business owners regarding commercial leases, employment agreements and employee policies, procedures and discipline.  He also provides legal advice to school districts on various topics, including construction contracts, surety bonds, public bidding procedures, the Sunshine Law and the Teacher Tenure Act.

Mr. Castleman has served as President of the St. Louis Regional Alumni Council of the Valparaiso University School of Law, President and Vice-President of a church congregation and as a Board Member of Word of Life Lutheran School. 

He also coaches basketball, soccer and volleyball for the Catholic Youth Council of St. Louis and participates in volunteer programs through numerous non-profit organizations including St. Louis University, Webster University, Concordia-Kirkwood Lutheran Church and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Education Law


  • Valparaiso University, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Valparaiso University, B.S.

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Associations, Memberships & Honors

  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America® in Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • American Bar Association

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Note Editor, Valparaiso University Law Review, 1995-1996

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