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

Chrysta Castañeda writing at a desk

Chrysta Castañeda

This content was originally published by Authority Magazine.

“The other best words of advice I got were from my mom. She said, ‘Always do your best.’ Admittedly, it’s pretty standard mom advice, but I truly took it to heart, and it’s been one of my defining characteristics, and the source of whatever success I’ve had. I confess, though, that it’s also a burden sometimes. Every once in awhile, it would be nice to be able to phone something in. But it’s just not in my DNA.”

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Chrysta Castañeda Named a ‘Trailblazer’ by National Law Journal

Chrysta Castañeda named to 2018 Texas Super Lawyers

Chrysta Castañeda

Chrysta Castañeda has been selected as a “Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, citing her $146 million verdict on behalf of the late and notable T. Boone Pickens and his company, Mesa Petroleum Partners, her run for the Texas Railroad Commission, and her recent book, “The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens.”

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

The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens book coverThis content was originally published in Oilman Magazine.

In November 2016, a jury in Pecos, Texas, delivered a $146 million verdict on behalf of my client, Mesa Petroleum Partners, run by the legendary Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens.

It should have been the end of a hard-fought legal battle that had already taken too long and taken too much out of my then 88-year-old client. The jury unanimously found that the defendants in the case had breached their agreement to give Mesa rights to 15 percent of certain properties and wells in the Red Bull area of West Texas’ Reeves and Pecos counties.

But litigation almost never ends quickly, and this case was no exception. Read more

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

Chrysta and Loren

Loren Steffy and Chrysta Castañeda

This content was originally published by The Texas Lawbook.

By Mark Curriden

There were few more colorful characters in the corporate world than T. Boone Pickens.

Chrysta Castañeda and Loren Steffy got to know him well – Castañeda as his lawyer representing him in a major trial in West Texas and Steffy as a long-time journalist who interviewed the oilman several times over three decades.

Steffy and Castañeda teamed up to publish a book about Pickens called The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens. The authors are hosting a virtual book launch party on Thursday, May 14, at 5 p.m. For more details about the book and the webcast/virtual book launch party, please visit http://lasttrialoftboonepickens.com/.

Below is a Q&A with the authors about Pickens, the trial and writing a book. Read more

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

T. Boone Pickens and Chrysta CastañedaThis content was originally re-published by The Texas Lawbook.

(The following is an excerpt from The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens by Stoney Creek Publishing. Copyright 2020 Chrysta Castañeda and Loren Steffy.)

I took a deep breath as the elevator doors rolled open to reveal the lobby of the Best Western Swiss Chalet. I’d long since gotten over the irony of the name. The Swiss Chalet was located in the most un-Switzerland-like spot on earth. Pecos, Texas, sits on the eastern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, tucked under the arm of New Mexico, and its barren vistas, tumbleweeds, and blazing heat reinforce almost every Hollywood stereotype of Texas. Read more

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

‘The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens’ recounts the story of Pickens’ $146 million verdict at age of 88Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens book cover

Chrysta Castañeda, the lead trial lawyer for T. Boone Pickens in his winning trial about an oil deal gone wrong, has written her first-person account of the final legal battle in his long and storied career.

The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens (Texas A&M University Press, Feb. 2020) is a high-stakes courtroom drama told through the eyes of Castañeda. It’s the story of an American business legend still fighting in the twilight of his life, and the woman determined to help him make one final stand for justice. Read more

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

Chrysta Castañeda Speaks at KSUChrysta Castañeda was honored to give the commencement speech for her alma mater, Kansas State University College of Engineering, on December 14.

“The advice to ‘follow your passion’ I have found is mostly useless,” she told graduates. “You earn your passion through hard work. Passion follows effort, not vice versa.” Read more

Chrysta Castañeda to Run for Texas Railroad Commission

Chrysta for TexasProminent Attorney to Seek Election to Highest State Office on 2020 Ballot

Chrysta Castañeda has announced her candidacy for the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates one of the largest drivers of the Texas economy ― the oil and gas industry. The contest for Texas Railroad Commission will be the top state race on the November 2020 ballot. Read more

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

Chrysta Castañeda named to 2018 Texas Super Lawyers

Chrysta Castañeda

Mesa Petroleum Partners LP v. Baytech LLP, et al. is #2 Contracts Verdict, According to VerdictSearch

The $145 million verdict in Mesa Petroleum Partners LP v. Baytech LP, et al., handed down by a Pecos jury in November 2016 has been named to Texas Lawyer’s Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame, which recognizes the Lone Star State’s largest verdicts from 2014-2018, as reported by VerdictSearch.

The jury’s award was the second largest contracts verdict in the state during that time, according to VerdictSearch. Read more

Super Lawyers Selects Chrysta Castañeda

Super Lawyers 2019In the latest in a series of recognitions for litigator Chrysta Castañeda, the founder of The Castañeda Firm has been recognized on the annual list of Super Lawyers.

“This has been a wonderful year for me and my firm, and I’m grateful to my colleagues, clients and peers for making it possible,” said Ms. Castañeda. Read more