Texas Lawbook Hosts CLE Webcast on First Anniversary of T. Boone Pickens’ Death

Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens book coverOn September 11, the one-year anniversary of the death of legendary Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, Texas Lawbook will host a CLE webcast to look back on his life, business career, and major legal battles, including his final courtroom drama in Pecos, Texas. That trial ended in a $146 million verdict.

The webcast, from 12-1:15 p.m., will feature:

Chrysta Castañeda, name partner of The Castañeda Firm and co-author of The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens. Chrysta is the Democratic nominee for the Texas Railroad Commission, the state’s oil and gas regulator, running on an environmental platform.

Loren Steffy is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, an executive producer for Rational Middle Media and a managing editor of 30 Point Strategies. Steffy is the former business columnist for the Houston Chronicle and also has been the Dallas and Houston bureau chief and a senior writer for Bloomberg News. He is the co-author of The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens.

Joe Nocera is a columnist with Bloomberg. Over the years, he has written business stories and columns for the New York Times, Fortune, Esquire, GQ and Texas Monthly. He met Boone Pickens in 1982, when he wrote a Texas Monthly cover story about Boone’s first big takeover attempt.

Mike Lynn (moderator) is the founder and chair of Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, a prestigious litigation boutique. He has tried more than 120 civil and criminal trials, including serving as Chrysta’s co-counsel in the trial featured in The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens.

Registration is $50 and includes a signed copy of The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens. To register and reserve your copy of the book, email Texas Lawbook‘s Brooks Igo at This event is sponsored by Lynn Pinker Hurst Schwegmann.

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

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

SCOTX May Look for New Evidence to Rewrite Your Contract

Oilfield ContractsLitigators – 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.

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Kirkland Partner’s $11M Salary = Big Win for Women

pile of cashAuthor’s note: This article was originally published in Texas Lawbook on June 4, 2018.

The New York Times broke the news recently that a woman commercial litigator had achieved a stratospheric salary guarantee with one of the largest law firms in the world. By moving from Cravath, Swaine & Moore to Kirkland & Ellis, Sandra Goldstein has reportedly secured an $11 million annual salary guaranteed for five years. Read more

Final Judgment Entered in Mesa Lawsuit Against Baytech, Delaware Basin Resources 

Chrysta Castañeda named to 2018 Texas Super Lawyers

Chrysta Castañeda

After a successful mandamus petition to Texas’ Eighth Court of Appeals, lawyers for Mesa Petroleum Partners and legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens are celebrating the entry of a final judgment of approximately $135 million against Baytech LLP and Delaware Basin Resources LLC, both of Midland, Texas.

Chrysta Castañeda, of Dallas’ The Castañeda Firm, served as lead trial counsel to Mesa and Pickens in the 2016 trial that resulted in the jury verdict against Baytech and DBR. Final judgment was issued on December 8, just before the deadline set by the El Paso-based Court of Appeals, which ordered the trial judge to enter judgment by December 9. Read more