Chrysta Castañeda Named to The Best Lawyers in America

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Chrysta Castañeda

Chrysta Castañeda, founder of The Castañeda Firm, has been named to the 2021 list of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in oil and gas law.

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. Read more

D Magazine Selects Chrysta Castañeda for 2019 ‘Best Lawyers in Dallas’

D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas 2019D 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

How to Beat the Pros in Court

David vs. GoliathYou’ve probably had your share of “Best Lawyers” and “Super Lawyers” tell you about their selection in the past several months. While I’m pleased to be recognized on several such lists, what I really want to convey to my up-and-coming colleagues is this: Don’t be intimidated by those who have a lot of accolades, or even decades in the chair. There is no head-to-head matchup behind these marketing awards that determines who is the “best” lawyer.

While experience and expertise cannot be bought, information is free. Here are a few free tips to help the less experienced or less-connected attorney out-do the opposition in a courtroom battle. Read more