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.”
Chrysta 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
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
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
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.
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
Chrysta Castañeda has been named a finalist for The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar award.
Other finalists are:
- Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll – Betsy Miller
- Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein – Elizabeth Cabraser
- Robins Kaplan – Hollis Salzman
- Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll – Kalpana Kotagal
- Panish Shea & Boyle – Deborah Chang
- Robins Kaplan – Tara Sutton
- Susman Godfrey – Kalpana Srinivasan
- Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll – Julie Reiser
The final winners will be announced at the Elite Trial Lawyers event on Oct. 5, 2018, at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. 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 also has served as national coordinating counsel for products manufacturers in products liability and toxic tort claims. Read more