Cristina Sanchez had originally planned to go to medical school, but her work at a small plaintiffs’ firm after college inspired her to instead pursue a career in law. She works primarily with clients who have been harmed by the BP oil spill that severely impacted her hometown of New Orleans.
Ms. Sanchez joined Baron & Budd in 2005 to follow the firm’s mission in protecting public and individual rights. She carries out that mission daily in her work as an attorney with the firm’s Environmental Litigation Group. Ms. Sanchez’ work at Baron & Budd draws on her background in science. As an undergraduate, she majored in biological sciences and minored in chemistry.
Ms. Sanchez currently leads the Group’s work helping Gulf Coast businesses and individuals harmed by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to helping individual victims, she represents a variety of businesses, including a number of complex publicly-traded companies. Working on the BP oil spill litigation has been a way to serve those in the community and the surrounding area where she grew up.
Ms. Sanchez has also represented hundreds of municipalities and public water providers, as well as private well owners seeking solutions for polluted drinking water supplies in cases arising from MTBE, TCP, and PCE contamination.
Ms. Sanchez has been named a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine (a Thompson Reuters organization) for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014. According to Super Lawyers magazine, this honor is for the top 2.5% of attorneys practicing in Texas who are under the age of 40.
While at Southern Methodist University, Ms. Sanchez was recognized as a nationally ranked moot court competitor. In 2002, she was the national champion for Best Brief and was the second place Oralist in the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition. She also won the SMU Client Counseling Competition in 2001 and served as Chief Counsel for SMU’s Criminal Defense Legal Clinic in 2002.
In addition to her law practice, Ms. Sanchez served as the 2005 Region XII Deputy of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Co-Chair for the 2005 Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition and Midyear Conference, and Silent Auction Committee for Attorneys Serving the Community in 2009.
- Panelist, “Where to Draw the Line: When Can the Government Hire Private Lawyers,” ABA Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Committees Joint CLE Seminar, January 2012.
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (J.D. 2003)
University of Southern Mississippi (B.S. 1997)
Bar & Court Admissions
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
American Association for Justice