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Chrysta Castañeda Chrysta Castañeda, author, candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, and founder of The Castañeda Firm, has been named to the 2020 list of Texas Super Lawyers for her work in energy and natural resources, and business litigation. She was also featured in a Super Lawyers magazine article about high-profile oil and gas lawyers. The annual Super Lawyers list, published by Thomson Reuters, recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys from each state and is based on a system of peer review and independent research. This recognition is the latest in a series of accolades…
On 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…
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. This recognition is the latest in a series of accolades for Castañeda. In May, she was named a “Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal, and she has been recognized by Texas Lawyer’s Texas Verdicts
My Dad and me, after I won the Beechcraft Scholarship, c. 1980 (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 didn’t set out to be a lawyer. Growing up in the suburbs of Wichita, Kansas, I liked math and science. I came by my interests honestly. My dad was an aeronautical engineer who worked for decades at Beech Aircraft, which was later bought by Raytheon and is now known as Hawker Beechcraft. My sisters, Cathy and Cheryl, and my little brother, David, also…
This content was originally published by The Oklahoman. T. Boone Pickens didn’t live to see the COVID-19 pandemic, but he knew something about weathering difficult times. As we deal with the economic consequences of lockdowns, I’ve thought often about what he might have said about what’s happening with the global economy. Pickens, after all, lost the company he founded in the mid-1950s to the last major oil and gas bust. Out of work in his late 60s, he could have simply retired. Instead, he started over with a hedge fund and made more money than ever. He became a…
Join Chrysta Castañeda and the Dallas Bar Association’s Trial Skills Section on June 8 at noon for a discussion of her book, “The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens.” Chrysta and her co-author Loren Steffy will share highlights from their book and the five-week, high-stakes courtroom drama that was final trial for the late and notable T. Boone Pickens. The lunchtime discussion, which will be held over Zoom, includes 1 hour of CLE credit (CLE credit is complimentary for DBA members, $45 for non-members). To register for the session, which requires a Zoom account, click here. Chrysta…
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.” As a part of our series about women who are shaking…
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.” The lawsuit, Mesa Petroleum Partners L.P. v. Baytech, et al., began as a “small contract matter” that Castañeda discovered was worth closer to $1 billion. It resulted in “one of the largest verdicts in the history of the Permian Basin,” the NLJ wrote.…
This 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’…
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…