Chrysta CastañedaThe Castañeda Firm’s Chrysta Castañeda has been selected to the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in oil and gas law.

“Chrysta is a top-notch strategist with an extraordinary understanding of her field,” said Castañeda Firm partner Britta E. Stanton. “This combination makes her invaluable to our clients and a potent adversary in the courtroom.”

Honorees named to the annual Best Lawyers list are selected based on peer evaluations and independent research. The publication prohibits candidates from paying for inclusion to ensure an even playing field among all nominees.

An advocate for responsible energy dissemination and consumption, Castañeda frequently speaks and comments on the state of energy in Texas. Earlier this month, she and Stanton published an article on the power grid failure that Texans experience in February, detailing how citizens can expect the courts and Legislature to react. She was also recently elected to a 3-year term on the Council of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law section of the State Bar of Texas, the oldest – and one of the largest – sections of the Bar.

Castañeda is also the co-author of The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens. This non-fiction work recounts her experience as the lead counsel on T. Boone Pickens’ trial team on Mesa Petroleum Partners LP v. Baytech LLP, et al., a “small contract matter” that evolved into one of the biggest verdicts of 2016. The book was named a finalist for the Independent Book Publishers Association’s 2021 Benjamin Franklin Award.

Castañeda’s previous honors include the National Law Journal’s “Trailblazer” recognition, D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas recognition and a spot on the annual Texas Super Lawyers list. She has also received the Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Award, the “Women in Energy” Award from Texas Lawyer and was named one of the NLJ’s Elite Trial Lawyers in 2018.

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