Crista Marichalar Branch

As a family lawyer who understands how complex and sensitive her clients’ cases can be, Crista’s first approach is to resolve them outside of the courtroom. She believes that negotiation and mediation can lead to better outcomes, especially if children are involved. However, Crista also understands that some family law cases have to be litigated and is both experienced and effective at trial. 

Crista decided to pursue a career in law after completing her undergraduate studies. She graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1997 and was admitted to legal practice in 1998. She represents clients in and around San Antonio, Texas.

In 2012, Crista’s legal acumen was widely recognized when she was selected to Rising Stars.  This selection, which is based on indicators like professional achievement and peer recognition, is limited to a small number of lawyers in each state and has earned her the respect of peers as one of the top-rated attorneys in the nation.

  • University of Incarnate Word (Bachelor of Arts -1994)
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (J.D. -1997)
Bar Admissions
  • Texas (1998)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (2001)