Feliciano “Felix” Castañón has dedicated his career to helping people in need at the most distressing moments of their lives. His pursuit to defend the rights of those with limited means and opportunities began with his roots as a first-generation Mexican-American, born to laborers in the almost never-ending agricultural fields of California. His parents worked tirelessly until they could save up enough to join family members in El Paso, Texas – the city that would ultimately become Home for the Castañóns.
One of four siblings, Felix grew up in Northeast El Paso. When his parents later moved the family to the east side of El Paso, Felix accomplished his first of many academic milestones when he first attended Socorro High School before graduating from high school.
Thanks to a strong work ethic instilled by his parents, Felix labored throughout high school and later college to help support his family and pay for his own education at UTEP. It was at college where Felix would form fond memories of watching Don Haskins coach the basketball team, memories that would leave Felix with a lifelong passion for the Miners.
Felix excelled in college and graduated from UTEP with a bachelors degree. Soon thereafter he moved to San Antonio to attend St. Mary's University Law School. After graduating and passing the bar exam, Felix moved back to El Paso to begin his career as an attorney.
Working as a prosecutor in the El Paso County District Attorneys Office, Felix got his first taste of trial practice. Felix tried more than forty felony and misdemeanor cases for the state during these formative years.
Felix is proud of his time as a prosecutor in El Paso County. However, that experience impressed upon him the need for defendants to have competent representation from an understanding attorney. Seeking a new start, Felix moved to Dallas, Texas, where he founded his own law practice specializing in criminal defense, family law and personal injury.
That move would prove to be short-lived, as Felix found himself returning to El Paso to help care for his ill father. Soon after, Felix happily married his first love, Annette Griego, a medical professional who also serves her community by providing medical care at her own clinic. Together they have two wonderful children, eight year old Sienna and six year old Gael. Although Felix’s father ultimately lost his fight against cancer, he was able to attend his son's wedding ceremony.
Upon returning home, Felix took up work at the El Paso County Public Defender’s Office, a job he has maintained for the past 14 years. Throughout his time as an Assistant Public Defender, Felix has passionately represented his clients. He has performed his job with distinction, rising to his current position as a supervising attorney within the office. Felix’s public service has been recognized by his peers in the legal community, notably in 2012 when he received the "Shattering Barriers" award from the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF).
It is with this momentum and drive that Felix runs for Judge of County Court at Law 3, a position he feels will allow him to better serve the people of El Paso. He is committed to showing all parties the dignity and respect they deserve over the course of the legal proceedings. With your support, Felix will deal with the issues and disputes that impact El Pasoans, and will make sure that all litigants receive justice.