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Clients who need appellate options that meet both legal and business goals know they can count on Kirsten Castañeda. With over a decade of experience briefing and arguing appeals and original proceedings in Texas and federal appellate courts, Kirsten never loses sight of the fact that every appeal involves more than just the law. Learning a client’s business and ultimate goals allows Kirsten to craft legal arguments and trial/appellate strategy that serve not only the case at hand, but also the client’s overall needs.
Kirsten frequently works with trial lawyers on discovery disputes, error preservation, and jury charge preparation and objections in both Texas and federal trial courts. She began her practice almost twenty years ago as a trial lawyer, so she understands the balance between building a record for appeal and trying a case to win at the outset. Litigators who call on Kirsten in the trial courts know that her appellate experience (she is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization) is complemented by quick thinking and creative problem-solving.
Despite her love of the law, Kirsten doesn’t spend all her time in the courtroom or the library. A native Dallasite, she enjoys catching a classic midnight movie at the Inwood Theater or stopping by Keller’s for a burger with friends. And, you can expect to see her at the ballpark during baseball season, cheering on the Rangers.
Although she can still fly under the radar at Rangers games, Kirsten has been recognized locally (D Magazine) and state-wide (Texas Monthly "Rising Star") for her appellate practice. She is an active member of the American Bar Association's Council of Appellate Lawyers, serving on the Executive Committee and participating in planning the annual Appellate Judges’ Education Institute. Kirsten is asked regularly to write and speak on state and federal appellate issues, perhaps because she heeds advice she received long ago as a reporter on the Spring Valley Elementary Gator Gazette: don’t bury the lead, tell the reader a story, and all good stories need a hook.
When she dreamed of becoming a writer back in sixth grade, she had no idea her writings would pave the way to oral arguments in the Texas Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit.