Preston Castille

Professional Experience:
Partner & Executive Committee, Taylor Porter Law Firm (1994-Present)
North America Area Representative, MSI Global Alliance (2017-Present)
Judge, Ad Hoc, Baton Rouge City Court (LA Supreme Court Appointments) (2003-14)
Judge, Pro Tempore, Baton Rouge City Court (LA Supreme Court Appointment) (2009)
Legal Counsel, Southern University System Foundation (1999-Present)
General Counsel, Southern University Alumni Federation (2006-14)

Educational Experience:
Adjunct Law Professor, LSU Law School (2001-09)
    *Pretrial Litigation Practice
Adjunct Law Professor, Southern University Law Center (2003-Present)
    *Education Law, Evidence, LA Civil Procedure, Trial Advocacy, and Pretrial Litigation Practice
Dean Advisory Board, Tulane Law School (2018-Present)
National President, Southern University Alumni Federation (2014-18)
Governor John Bel Edwards Higher Education Transition Committee (2015)
Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome Education Transition Committee (2016)
Collaborator, Developed SU Law Center & Mentorship Academy Partnership in Downtown BR (2017)
President, SU Laboratory School Foundation (2012-15)
Mock Trial Coach, Baton Rouge High School (1998-2002)
Mock Trial Coach, Redemptorist High School (2010)
Co-Founder, SU Mini Labs Program (2013)
Chairman, Helix Community Schools (2019-Present)
Immediate Past Chair, New Schools for Baton Rouge (2012-Present)
Board of Directors, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) (1996-01)
Student Member, LA Board of Regents (1987-88)

Leadership & Community Service:
President, Baton Rouge Bar Association (2011)
President, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society (1997-99)
Member of House of Delegates, American Bar Association (ABA) (2015-18)
Member of Board of Governors & House of Delegates, Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA)
Vice Chair, Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) (2014-Present)
Leadership Louisiana, Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) (2012)
Leadership Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) (1997)
Business Development Advisory Committee, BRAC (2011-14)
Board Member, Baton Rouge Area Foundation (2019-Present)
Council Member, Louisiana State Law Institute (2015-18)
Coach, Baker Little League (2003-05)

Tulane University School of Law, JD, Order of Barristers, Moot Court Board (1994)
Southern University, BS, Economics, SGA President, (1990)
Plaisance High School, Valedictorian, Band Captain (1985)

Married (Marian – Middle School Math Teacher); Children (Preston III, Jillian and Abigail)

Church Affiliations:
St. Joseph’s Cathedral & St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (Baton Rouge)
Holy Ghost Catholic Church (Opelousas)
St. Mary Catholic Church (Port Barre)
Preston Castille is a Partner and an Executive Committee member at the Taylor Porter Law Firm. He joined Taylor Porter in 1994 and is engaged primarily in business litigation and transactions. Prior to attending law school, Preston worked as an economist for the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. In addition to being an experienced litigator, Preston assists clients with matters in the Education and Energy sectors in the U.S. and abroad. Preston has been ranked for several years in Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Administrative Law and Insurance Law. Preston represents his law firm nationally and internationally as the firm’s representative in MSI Global Alliance, a network of more than 250 accounting and law firms in 100 countries.  He was selected as an MSI Global North America Area Representative at the 2016 meeting in Paris, and began his service on the Management Board at the 2017 meeting in Tokyo. 

In 2009, Preston was appointed Judge Pro Tempore by the Louisiana Supreme Court and has presided over hundreds of civil and criminal trials and hearings. He later returned to the full-time practice of law and periodically served as an ad hoc judge. In 2012, the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed Preston to the Supreme Court’s District Court Rules Committee.

Preston is an adjunct professor of law. He began his career as a law professor in 2001 at LSU Law School teaching Pretrial Litigation Practice and taught there for eight years. In 2003, he began teaching at Southern University Law Center and teaches Education Law & Policy, Evidence, Louisiana Civil Procedure I & II, and Trial Advocacy.

Preston served as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association in 2011, and President of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society from 1998-2000. He served on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association from 2001-2004 and as a member of the House of Delegates from 2009-2012. He recently served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and the Louisiana Law Institute, Louisiana’s premier legal think tank.

Preston is active in various education-related organizations.  He served on Governor John Bel Edwards’ Education Transition Committee in 2015 and Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome’s Education Transition Team in 2016.  He is the Immediate Past National President of the Southern University Alumni Federation and is a current member of the Tulane Law School Dean Advisory Board.  He is Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Schools for Baton Rouge and Chairman of the Board for Helix Community Schools. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS).

Preston is Board Vice Chairman for the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF).  He formerly served on the Greater Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce Business Development Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Chamber’s 1997 Leadership class and was selected in 2000 by the Baton Rouge Business Report as one of Baton Rouge’s “Top Forty Under 40” community and business leaders. Preston is a member of the 2012 Louisiana Leadership class sponsored by Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL).

Preston received his Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1994. He was a member of the Tulane Moot Court Board (1993-1994) and the Tulane National Environmental Law Moot Court Team (1992-1993). Upon graduation, Preston was selected to The Order of Barristers. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business (Economics) in 1990 from Southern University and A&M College at Baton Rouge. As a student at Southern, he was elected by the Council of Student Body Presidents and appointed by Governor Edwin W. Edwards to serve as a member of the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education. He also served as President of the Student Government Association.  During the summer of 1986, Preston attended the Meharry Medical College Biomedical Sciences Program in Memphis, TN.  Preston graduated Valedictorian of Plaisance High School in St. Landry Parish.

Preston is married to Marian Denise Caillier-Castille.  Marian is a middle school math teacher.  They have three children and attend St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Baton Rouge.