For over 25 years, Castañeda has built an impressive record as a high-stakes oil and gas litigator. Her $146 million win for T. Boone Pickens’ Mesa Petroleum Partners was recognized as the 12th largest verdict in the nation in 2016 by The National Law Journal and earned her an induction into Texas Lawyer‘s Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame. She has also been recognized annually in The Best Lawyers in America for oil and gas law since 2021, and D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas.
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In addition to her reputation as a lawyer, Castañeda is a noted community leader and a sought-after speaker and author on energy issues and litigation matters. She was also the 2020 Democratic nominee for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees Texas’ oil and gas industry.