Mario Castillo is the Lone Star College Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and interim LSC-Kingwood President. Prior to his current position, Mario was Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, and before that, he began his LSC employment as General Counsel. Mario is currently the executive that oversees the Office of Human Resources, the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Governance, Accountability, and Compliance, and serves
as the Police Commissioner overseeing the LSC Police Department. Mario has previously supervised other offices and divisions throughout the college system.
Prior to joining the College, Mario served as a Labor & Employment Partner at Monty & Ramirez in Houston, with his practice focused on labor disputes, employment litigation, wage and hour litigation, and employee benefits compliance. During this time, he also effectively represented the College as outside counsel in various matters, including contract disputes and employment discrimination claims.
Marioís experience also includes litigation on cases in state and federal courts, various appellate courts, and the Texas Supreme Court; serving as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Felix Recio of the Southern District of Texas; and teaching criminal law as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Texas, Brownsville. While there, he wrote an article for the Baylor Law Review, Immigration Consequences: A Primer for Texas Criminal Defense Attorneys in Light of Padilla v. Kentucky.
In addition to his successful litigation practice, Mario has extensively written about the Affordable Care Act and considered a leading expert on this topic. His article, Independent Contractor Misclassification Penalties Under the Affordable Care Act, was published in the highly regarded Houston Journal of International Law. Mario is also Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
The Hispanic National Bar Association recognized Mario in 2019 as one of the top lawyers in the country under 40; the Texas LULAC delegation recognized him as a Conscience Builder Award in 2018 for his work on behalf of underrepresented groups and vulnerable members of his community; and finally, the Houston Business Journal recognized Mario in 2016 as one of Houstonís top Forty under Forty professionals.
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The office of the President provides coordinated leadership to the college community to create an environment which best fosters the proactive pursuit of education and the enrichment of the community as a whole. The Kingwood Campus President's Office is responsible for several departments. Information on these departments can be found under College Relations.
LSC-Kingwood Interim President,
LSC Chief Operating Officer
& General Counsel