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Alveno N. Castilla

Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis P.A.

Alveno N. Castilla brings unique qualifications to being chairman of the board of directors for one of the state’s most prestigious law firms, Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis.

In addition to having a law degree from the University of Virginia (1985), he also has an MBA from Millsaps College and is a CPA licensed in Mississippi and Tennessee.  “He is the leader of our law firm, and has a distinguished record as an attorney and as a civic leader here in Jackson,” says former Gov. William Winter.  “His MBA and being licensed as a CPA are certainly excellent qualifications which give him a special status in the legal community.  He is an African American who is one of the really under recognized and under appreciated young leaders of the professional community in Jackson.”

Winter said he appreciates Castilla’s thoroughness, conscientiousness and his personal qualities that make it such a pleasure to be associated with him in the practice of law.

Castilla has been listed in the Tax Law Section of “The Best Lawyers in America” for over 10 straight years, and in the MidSouth Super Lawyers publication as well.  He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Castilla frequently lectures on tax issues, and recently served as one of 35 members of the public-private Blue Ribbon Mississippi Tax Study Commission appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour to review Mississippi’s tax system on a comprehensive basis. Castilla chaired the subcommittee on local government tax Issues.

Castilla’s practice concentrates on federal, state and local taxation matters, which includes tax planning for various transactions as well as handling civil and criminal disputes with the IRS and the Mississippi Department of Revenue.  He has handled tax planning for some of the largest industrial development projects in the state.  “It’s really fulfilling at the end of the day to see the project we worked on getting built, products made and people working.”

Castilla is one of only a handful of lawyers in Mississippi with expertise in planning, structuring and closing New Markets Tax Credit deals.  In addition, he handles a variety of corporate, finance and real estate-related transactions — in his words “doing deals and solving business problems.”

Castilla has long been active in bar activities, having served as a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners and as president of the Hinds County (now Capital Area) Bar Association.  He is currently serving as a member of the Complaints Tribunal, appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court in Dec. 2009, and as a board member of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.

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More on Alveno N. Castilla:

Age: 54

Birthplace: Jackson

Family: Children, Rashad and Kivatah

Hobbies: Golf, cooking, going to pro baseball games (especially if I can see the SF Giants), traveling, going to JSU football games, attending theatre productions; “Scrabble” and “Upwords” board games

Lawyer to have lunch with: Nelson Mandela

Best lawyer movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Role model: My father

What drives to succeed: My desire to see those I’m helping reach their objectives — whether we’re talking about clients or on a personal level.  I never want anyone to feel as though I’ve let them down

First job: Working with a home remodeling contractor, Mr. Kelly, who was a deacon at my church

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