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Chrysta Castañeda Named a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine

In recognition of her work in business/commercial litigation, D Magazine has selected litigator Chrysta Castañeda for its 2021 list of …

Texas Super Lawyers Selects Oil & Gas Lawyer Chrysta Castañeda for 2020 Recognition

Chrysta Castañeda, author, candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, and founder of The Castañeda Firm, has been named to the …

Texas Lawbook Hosts CLE Webcast on First Anniversary of T. Boone Pickens’ Death

On September 11, the one-year anniversary of the death of legendary Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, Texas Lawbook will host …

Chrysta Castañeda Named to The Best Lawyers in America

Chrysta Castañeda, founder of The Castañeda Firm, has been named to the 2021 list of The Best Lawyers in America …

The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens: Chapter 8, "The Chainsaw"

I didn’t set out to be a lawyer. Growing up in the suburbs of Wichita, Kansas, I liked math and …

How Would T. Boone Pickens Have Bounced Back from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

T. Boone Pickens didn’t live to see the COVID-19 pandemic, but he knew something about weathering difficult times. As we …

Dallas Bar Association Hosts Lunchtime ‘Last Trial’ Chat and CLE Credit

Join Chrysta Castañeda and the Dallas Bar Association’s Trial Skills Section on June 8 at noon for a discussion of …

Female Disruptors: How Chrysta Castañeda Has Shaken Up the Legal and Energy Industries

As a part of our series about women who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure …

Chrysta Castañeda Named a ‘Trailblazer’ by National Law Journal

Chrysta Castañeda has been selected as a “Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, citing her $146 million verdict on behalf …

T. Boone Pickens and the “Red Bull”: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Case — and Client

In November 2016, a jury in Pecos, Texas, delivered a $146 million verdict on behalf of my client, Mesa Petroleum …

The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens: Q&A with Authors Chrysta Castañeda and Loren Steffy

There were few more colorful characters in the corporate world than T. Boone Pickens. Chrysta Castañeda and Loren Steffy got …

The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens – The Best Three Minutes I’ve Ever Worked For Free

I took a deep breath as the elevator doors rolled open to reveal the lobby of the Best Western Swiss …

T. Boone Pickens' Trial Lawyer Releases Dramatic Account of His Final Court Battle

Chrysta Castañeda, the lead trial lawyer for T. Boone Pickens in his winning trial about an oil deal gone wrong, …

‘Use Your Superpowers for Good,’ Castañeda Advises KSU Class of 2019

Chrysta Castañeda was honored to give the commencement speech for her alma mater, Kansas State University College of Engineering, on …

Chrysta Castañeda to Run for Texas Railroad Commission

Chrysta Castañeda has announced her candidacy for the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates one of the largest drivers of the …

Castañeda Firm’s $145 Million Verdict Named to Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame

The $145 million verdict in Mesa Petroleum Partners LP v. Baytech LP, et al., handed down by a Pecos jury …

Super Lawyers Selects Chrysta Castañeda

In the latest in a series of recognitions for litigator Chrysta Castañeda, the founder of The Castañeda Firm has been …

Chrysta Castañeda Honored at DBJ's Women in Business Awards Luncheon

The Castañeda Firm founder Chrysta Castañeda was honored at the Dallas Business Journal’s 2019 Women in Business Awards on Aug. …

‘Chernobyl’ Finale was Great TV, and a Master Class in Presenting Complex Evidence

There was recently a smallish but nonetheless startling fire at the Castañeda household. There’s no use pointing fingers, but suffice …

D Magazine Selects Chrysta Castañeda for 2019 ‘Best Lawyers in Dallas’

D Magazine has again named Chrysta Castañeda to its annual list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for her work …

SCOTX May Look for New Evidence to Rewrite Your Contract

Litigators – and probably most non-litigators – believe that a case is tried and decided on the evidence introduced at …

National Law Journal Names Chrysta Castañeda to 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers List

The Elite Trial Lawyers award recognizes exemplary performance in the courtroom, according to NLJ. The publication’s editors and reporters reviewed …

New Courts: New Legal Landscape?

On November 6, the Blue Wave hit Texas like a tsunami. You didn’t hear? Perhaps you are not a close …

Texas Super Lawyers Recognizes Chrysta Castañeda on 2018 List of Outstanding Lawyers

Ms. Castañeda, the founding partner of The Castañeda Firm, focuses on oil and gas litigation in the upstream sector, as …

How to Beat the Pros in Court

You’ve probably had your share of “Best Lawyers” and “Super Lawyers” tell you about their selection in the past several …

National Law Journal Names Chrysta Castañeda a Finalist for Elite Trial Lawyers Honor

Chrysta Castañeda has been named a finalist for The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of Elite Women of the Plaintiffs …

Kirkland Partner’s $11M Salary = Big Win for Women

The New York Times broke the news recently that a woman commercial litigator had achieved a stratospheric salary guarantee with …

Does Your Lawyer Treat You Well?

I regularly write status reports to my clients, something I assumed most lawyers did. Surprisingly, however, my clients often tell …

Chrysta Castañeda Named to D Magazine ‘Best Lawyers in Dallas’

Congratulations to Chrysta Castañeda for her inclusion in the 2018 D Magazine list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for …

Caveat Emptor: Texas Supreme Court Puts Greater Due Diligence Burden on the Backs of Oil & Gas Asset Buyers

The Permian is a hotbed of deal activity, with the Dallas Morning News declaring that an “arms race” is breaking …

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch's New Trial Tip, plus more!

I was honored to have had the opportunity to work with former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch recently on …

Three Easy(ish) Legal Resolutions for the New Year

Perhaps you made some personal New Year’s resolutions geared towards improving your life, health or financial well-being. We’re hoping that …

Final Judgment Entered in Mesa Lawsuit Against Baytech, Delaware Basin Resources

After a successful mandamus petition to Texas’ Eighth Court of Appeals, lawyers for Mesa Petroleum Partners and legendary oilman T. …

Litigation Lessons from a Top-Flight Expert Witness

On the one-year anniversary of our trial victory for T. Boone Pickens and Mesa Petroleum Partners, I am sharing an …

Litigation Issues in Area of Mutual Interest (AMI) Agreements

An Area of Mutual Interest (AMI) Agreement is a contract between people or companies who want to jointly explore for …

Castañeda Firm Victory Ranked Among Top Texas Verdicts of 2016

Dallas trial attorney Chrysta Castañeda and The Castañeda Firm have been recognized on Texas Lawyer’s list of the Top Texas …

The Legal Ramifications of Poorly Conceived Public Statements

Every day, newspapers and social media deliver fresh examples of poorly conceived and badly executed public statements that impact a …

Storytelling is No Substitute for Mastery of the Evidence

A lot of trial lawyers extol the virtues of storytelling when they talk about developing winning strategies. And while I …

Lessons from the John Wiley Price Trial

I recently observed the John Wiley Price public corruption trial as a commentator for Fox 4 News. Price, a longtime …

Castañeda Firm Victory for Oilman T. Boone Pickens Ranked Among Top U.S. Verdicts

DALLAS – Dallas trial attorney Chrysta Castañeda and The Castañeda Firm are being recognized on The National Law Journal’s Top …

Fine Tuning Voir Dire

I recently sat through voir dire as a panel member in one of the criminal district courts in Dallas County. …

Should Trial Counsel Speak to the Media?

I’m often asked whether litigation counsel should serve as a media spokespeople when they are handling legal matters of public …

Oil Prices are Falling: Get Ready for Litigation

Oil prices are falling and deals are getting scrapped. As was the case with the last several business cycles, litigation …