Krisina Zuñiga successfully represents plaintiffs and defendants in all types of commercial litigation, including class action, insurance, patent, trade secret, antitrust, fraud, and breach of contract suits. Krisina joined Susman Godfrey after clerking for the Honorable Diana Saldaña of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in her hometown of Laredo, Texas, and the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Krisina earned her college degree from Rice University and law degree from Stanford Law School.
Krisina has been recognized by the American Bar Association as one of the nation’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 (2021), by Texas Lawyer as a litigator “On the Rise,” and by Bloomberg Law as an “Intellectual Property Fresh Face.”
Some of Krisina’s most notable matters and wins include:
- Diamondback Industries, Inc. v. Repeat Precision, LLC, et al. Krisina, along with colleagues Trey Peacock and Shawn Raymond, and co-counsel, secured a nearly $40 million judgment for Repeat Precision, LLC, the defendant in a case brought by Diamondback Industries in federal court in Waco, Texas. The case involved claims of patent infringement, antitrust violations, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, and tortious interference. After a three-day bench trial, the court dismissed with prejudice all of Diamondback’s affirmative claims and awarded Repeat Precision $39,946,902 in actual, enhanced, and punitive damages (not including attorneys’ fees and costs) for its counterclaims. During trial, Krisina presented Repeat Precision’s president, an examination the Court described as “virtually perfect.” Krisina’s role was highlighted in coverage of the trial win by Texas Lawyer and The Texas Lawbook (subscriptions required). You can read Krisina’s direct examination of Repeat Precision’s president and the Court’s comment here. Repeat Precision settled this case in late 2020 for more than $25 million in cash payments and also received other business considerations. Krisina continues to represent Repeat Precision in patent litigation.
- Gulf Shore Anesthesia Associates v. Christus Spohn Health System Corp. Krisina is prosecuting claims of fraud, fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, and trade secret misappropriation on behalf of anesthesiology group Gulf Shore Anesthesia Associates against Corpus Christi-based Christus Spohn Health System, a case involving an assertion of over $47 million in damages. Krisina is playing a key role in the case, most recently winning a motion to compel against Spohn’s claim of a medical committee privilege in a virtual hearing in front of the Honorable Mark H. Woerner of the County Court at Law No. 4 of Nueces County, Texas. You can read a full transcript of Krisina’s argument here.
- Advance Trust & Life Escrow Services, LTA v. ReliaStar Life Insurance Co. Krisina represents a putative class of universal life insurance policyholders against ReliaStar Life Insurance Company related to ReliaStar’s failure to charge cost-of-insurance rates in accordance with the terms of its policies. In 2020, after the discovery of an additional contractual breach by ReliaStar, Krisina argued a motion for leave to amend Advance Trust’s complaint in a virtual hearing in front of the Honorable Elizabeth Cowan Wright of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. After a lengthy hearing, and in a detailed opinion, Judge Wright granted the motion. You can read a full transcript of Krisina’s argument here and the Court’s opinion here.
- Power Rental Solutions, LLC v. Henco Energy-Rick Hendrix Energy, LLC, et al. Krisina represents Caterpillar (or “Cat”) dealer Power Rental Solutions (PRS) in a breach of contract, breach of warranty, and fraudulent inducement dispute involving the sale of three trailer-mounted, mobile power generation units. In this dispute, Krisina has twice defeated TRCP 91a motions to dismiss brought by the defendants, even resulting in an award to PRS of its costs and attorney fees with regard to the challenged claims.
- Woods v. CQuentia NGS et al. Krisina represents healthcare sales executive Woods in a state court lawsuit against genetic testing and diagnostics company CQuentia NGS, its CEO, and related entities. This matter involves contract, fiduciary duty, fraud, and trade secret claims and is pending trial with a preferential setting in 2021, despite numerous motions for summary judgment and motions to exclude filed by CQuentia NGS.
Krisina is also deeply involved in pro bono work. Some of her work in this area includes: participating in a historic case taken on by the firm challenging Harris County’s bail system (see coverage of the case from The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, and Lawdragon), representing through a referral from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) two undocumented minor siblings who arrived in the United States unaccompanied and were seeking legal guardianship, and volunteering with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) to provide legal services to detained children along the border.
Krisina is active in the Houston legal community and currently serves as a director of the Houston Bar Foundation and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA). From 2020-2021, Krisina served as the president of the Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA). During her bar year, HYLA created a podcast called “Hylights,” on which she was interviewed about her career path and leadership of the organization. You can listen to the episode here.
Krisina speaks Spanish (ILR Level 3).