Cristina García-Chappell

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About Cristina


Born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Mrs. Garcia-Chappell has been a part of the Pastrana & García Law Firm family since 2009, helping injured people get the compensation they deserve. She received her Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 2019. While attending the University of Texas, Mrs. García-Chappell kept true to her roots by helping others through volunteering pro-bono at the Family Detention Center in Karnes, Texas, while finishing up her law degree. In July 2019, she successfully passed the Texas Bar Exam and was named partner at Pastrana Law Firm.  In 2021, the firm was renamed to Pastrana & Garcia Injury Law to reflect this new partnership. 

Before coming to Texas, Mrs. Garcia-Chappell attended the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Tamaulipas School of Law and graduated in 2005. Shortly after, she was recruited by the Secretary of Foreign Relations in Mexico and assigned to Mexico’s Consulate office in Austin, Texas, from 2006 to 2007. In 2007, she eagerly accepted a diplomatic assignment as the Chief of Staff for the Ambassador of Mexico in China. She was also a Press Attaché during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2009, she returned to Texas from Asia and joined the Pastrana & Garcia Law Firm. More recently, Mrs. Garcia-Chappell became a member of Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association‘s executive committee. 

To her clients, Mrs. Garcia-Chappell is “La Mera Mera Abogada™” (the Best of the Best Lawyer). She thrives on helping others navigate through our legal system and genuinely cares about the well-being of everyone she represents. She commits to helping the community by participating in the Pro Bono Pledge, dedicating a minimum of 50 hours each year to provide legal services to those who would not otherwise be able to afford them. 

She resides in Travis County, where she enjoys the Central Texas weather and spending time with her husband, Chris Chappell, and two children, Lucia and Joaquin, along with the family dogs Pulga and Luna.


Universidad Anáhuac
Juris Doctor – Mexican Law
The University of Texas at Austin
Paralegal Certificate – Law
The University of Texas School of Law
LL.M – Law

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Employment History

Power of Attorney and Visas Department
Mexican Consulate in Austin | 2006 – 2007

Press Attaché

Mexican Embassy in China | 2007 – 2009

Pastrana & Garcia Law Firm
Paralegal / Case Manager and Office Administrator | 2009 – 2019 
Managing Partner | 2019 – Present

Languages: Spanish, English, Italian
Birth Information:
1982, Tampico, Tamaulipas, México
Professional Memberships and Associations:
Texas Bar Collage
Pro Bono Service:
Centro de Detención Karnes Texas Clínicas de Asesoría Gratuita, Consulado de México en Austin, 2019 – 2020