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
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
“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
The Castañeda Firm founder Chrysta Castañeda was honored at the Dallas Business Journal’s 2019 Women in Business Awards on Aug. 21 at Dallas’ Fairmont Hotel. The award recognizes women for their outstanding professional achievements and contributions to the Dallas business community.
In addition to the luncheon, Ms. Castañeda and the other honorees were profiled in a special edition of the Dallas Business Journal. Her firm is also featured in a Digital Spotlight on the DBJ website. Read more
There was recently a smallish but nonetheless startling fire at the Castañeda household. There’s no use pointing fingers, but suffice it to say, mistakes were made. Fortunately, it was quickly doused and there was little damage. And, most importantly, nobody was hurt.
I have new a new perspective on such mishaps these days, after having watched HBO’s “Chernobyl,” a five-part miniseries that dramatically re-enacts the 1986 explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the former Soviet Union, as well as the trial of those accused of causing it.
Watching the miniseries yields important lessons on how to present scientific evidence at trial. Read more
D Magazine has again named Chrysta Castañeda to its annual list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for her work in commercial litigation.
Since launching her own firm in 2014, Ms. Castañeda has been honored with numerous awards, including a prestigious Elite Trial Lawyers recognition from The National Law Journal, as well as winning one of the country’s largest jury verdicts of 2016 in Mesa Petroleum Partners v. Baytech et al. She has also been previously recognized by D Magazine, named as one of the country’s top lawyers by Super Lawyers, and received the “Women in Energy” Award from Texas Lawyer in 2016. Read more
Litigators – and probably most non-litigators – believe that a case is tried and decided on the evidence introduced at trial. But what about the evidence that is introduced after the appellate court gets the case? What about new evidence that the Texas Supreme Court allows into the record – evidence you had no opportunity to rebut and never even thought about?
Never heard of this phenomenon? Don’t know about this risk? The issue has flipped several recent cases in the oil and gas industry.
Chrysta Castañeda has been awarded The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers Award for 2018.
The Elite Trial Lawyers award recognizes exemplary performance in the courtroom, according to NLJ. The publication’s editors and reporters reviewed about 300 submissions across 23 categories to select the winners. Ms. Castañeda’s profile is available here (subscription required).
One of Ms. Castañeda’s most notable recent victories was a $146 million verdict on behalf of T. Boone Pickens and Mesa Petroleum, which was recognized as one of the largest in the nation in 2016 by NLJ and one of the largest in Texas by Texas Lawyer.
On November 6, the Blue Wave hit Texas like a tsunami. You didn’t hear? Perhaps you are not a close follower of the Texas courts of appeals. Democrats took control of the Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio courts of appeal. The change is historic: these courts have been controlled by Republicans for the past two decades.
What impact could this have for businesses involved in litigation? Among other things, court watchers expect the following: Read more
Ms. Castañeda, the founding partner of The Castañeda Firm, focuses on oil and gas litigation in the upstream sector, as well as commercial litigation and products liability disputes involving technical evidence. A former engineer, she frequently represents operators, working interest owners, mineral owners and investors on contract and operational questions. She has also served as national coordinating counsel for products manufacturers in products liability and toxic tort claims. Read more