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Yesenia E. Cárdenas

Yesenia E. Cárdenas


Yesenia Cárdenas is a litigator and trial attorney. She defends, and champions for, the state-of-the-art technology of product manufacturers and engineers. For over a decade, Yesenia has dedicated her practice to the representation of U.S. and international vehicle manufacturers in individual civil cases and mass tort multi-district litigation. Her depth of technical knowledge covers components that include advanced vehicle structures, vehicle sensing systems, seatbelts, seats, event data recorders and fuel systems amongst others. Yesenia has also represented manufacturers of heavy equipment, consumer products and recreational and sport vehicles.

Having tried cases to verdict, Yesenia appreciates the importance of smart case work-up, focused discovery and thorough expert analysis – pillars critical to success inside and outside the courtroom. Yesenia’s professional ethos also extends to written advocacy through the authorship of persuasive dispositive and discovery motions, the results of which have led to published opinions at the state and federal levels. Effective litigation management is also a top priority for Yesenia. As a result, she is actively involved in developing litigation strategies as well as preparing case evaluations and fee forecasting plans. 

Fluent in Spanish and French, Yesenia attributes her success to a strong work-ethic, a dedicated team of legal professionals and a focused perspective. At home, Yesenia enjoys game nights with her family and running. Yesenia is also an English history enthusiast, a style aficionado and an amateur interior designer.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2006
  • Oklahoma, 2018

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2005
    —cum laude
    —Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
    —SMU Board of Advocates
    —Hispanic Law Students Association
  • Southern Methodist University, B.B.A., B.A., 2001

Professional Associations

    • State Bar of Texas
      —Diversity in the Profession Committee, 2021 – 2024
    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
      —Fellow, 2018
    • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association 
      —Annual Event Committee Co-Chair, 2014
      —Unaccompanied Minors Action Committee, 2014
      —Vice President, 2012 – 2014
      —Secretary, 2011
      —Board of Directors, 2010 – 2011
      —Social Committee Co-Chair, 2009 – 2010
    • Dallas Bar Association 
    • Texas Mexican-American Bar Association 
      —Board of Directors, 2010 
    • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers 
    • National Hispanic Bar Association 
    • SMU Dedman School of Law Moot Court Team for Hispanic National Bar Association Court Competition 
      —Co-Coach, 2008 – 2011 


    • Dallas Business Journal
      —Women in Business Honoree, 2018
    • Texas Diversity Council 
      —Dallas Top 50 Women Lawyers Award, 2018
    • Latino Leaders Magazine
      —Top Latino Lawyers List, 2018
    • —Most Powerful Women in Law, 2018


  • Spanish
  • French

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • "The Time for Change is NOW: Attracting, Promoting & Retaining Leaders of Color," Presenter, The Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership Summit, June 2021
  • "Invasion of the Car Snatchers: What Happened in the Wired Jeep Hacking Story and What it Means for Electronics-related Product Liability Litigation, both Automotive and Beyond,” Moderator, ABA Product Liability Automotive Sub-Committee Roundtable, May 2016
  • "Managing Product Liability on a National and Global Scale," Panelist, Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2015
  • "The Driver-Vehicle Interaction: Issues, Myths and Realities," Speaker, Client Hot Topics Seminar, February 2012
  • "Belted or Unbelted? Seat Belt Issues in Product Liability Claims," Panelist, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, July 2011


  • "Clarity or Confusion? International Service of Process,” Co-Author, ABA Products Liability Section of Litigation, February 2018
  • "Effective Discovery Tips: How To Get The Most Out of the Biomechanics Expert," ABA Spring Newsletter, Spring 2012
  • "Texas," Chapter, Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, 2006-2008. Co-Author.