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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 their 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, event data recorders, sensing systems, seat belts, seats, airbags and fuel systems, among others. Yesenia has also represented heavy equipment, consumer products and sport vehicle manufactures.  

Having tried cases to verdict, Yesenia appreciates the importance of smart case work-up, efficient and focused discovery and thorough expert analysis - pillars that are critical to success inside and outside the courtroom. Her 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 level. Yesenia also provides client support services through the development of litigation strategies, preparation of case evaluations and litigation costs budgeting. 

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

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2006
  • Oklahoma, 2018

Court Admissions

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

    • 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


  • Spanish
  • French

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • "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.