Francesca-Castagnola

Francesca Castagnola

Senior Managing Director

(619) 233-2518

[email protected]


Francesca C. Castagnola is senior managing director of Western Alliance Bank's Settlement Services Group.

Ms. Castagnola, a 30-year banking veteran, was a founding officer of the Bank's San Diego division. With the Settlement Services Group, she serves class action litigators and claims administrators, focusing on the entire life cycle of large legal settlements, from escrow through distribution and residual balances for class action, mass-tort and bankruptcy cases.

Ms. Castagnola has significant expertise in simple to complex escrow and fiduciary banking services. Her portfolio includes law firms, claims administrators and related legal services companies. Since 2003 she has managed the banking aspects of hundreds of Qualified Settlement Funds.

Ms. Castagnola is an industry authority on the latest key industry developments and insights. She is a frequent speaker, event moderator and author, and has been featured in top media outlets such as Law.com.

In 2020 she spearheaded Western Alliance Bank's first-of-its-kind Rule 23 Amendments Research Report and moderated an exclusive panel of practitioners including plaintiffs attorneys, defense attorneys and sitting judges at the annual Class Action Law ForumTM, presented by Western Alliance Bank.

Her published articles and collaborations with industry leaders include:

Ms. Castagnola attended the University of San Diego.

About Us

With more than $40 billion in assets, Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL) is one of the country’s top-performing banking companies. The company is again #1 best-performing of the 50 largest public U.S. banks in the new S&P Global Market Intelligence listing for 2020 and ranks high on the Forbes “Best Banks in America” list year after year. Its primary subsidiary, Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, helps business clients realize their ambitions with teams of experienced bankers who deliver superior service and a full spectrum of customized loan, deposit and treasury management capabilities. Business clients also benefit from a powerful array of specialized financial services that provide strong expertise and tailored solutions for a wide variety of industries and sectors. Most recently, the bank added to these capabilities with the acquisition of AmeriHome Mortgage, a leading national business-to-business mortgage platform. Serving clients across the country wherever business happens, Western Alliance Bank operates individual, full-service banking brands and has offices in key markets nationwide.