Modrall Sperling Law Firm

Cristina Mulcahy is an associate in the firm’s Litigation group. Her legal interests encompass various aspects of natural resource law, including mining, oil and gas, and environmental issues, and creditor’s rights and bankruptcy.

Cristina has represented energy companies, working interest owners, and overriding royalty owners in lawsuits and negotiations that included overriding royalty and joint operating agreement disputes. Additionally, Cristina has represented creditors in filing liens on oil and gas properties, as well as defended debtors subject to such liens. She has also advised oil and gas operators concerning regulatory issues with the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division and the Bureau of Land Management. Cristina has, likewise, advised energy clients on a number of Occupations Safety Hazard Administration (“OSHA”) and related environmental matters.

In her Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy practice, Cristina has assisted with representing the Unsecured Creditors Committee, receivers, and Trustees on various issues in Chapter 11 bankruptcies including fraudulent transfers, real property foreclosures, and lien priority disputes.

Cristina received her law degree cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she served as the Organizational Development Chair for the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Recognizing the unique and difficult issues the Southwest faces with water scarcity, the Journal hosted a forum with experts focusing on the regulatory, scientific, and legal issues involving water rights. In addition, she served as a Research Assistant for Professor Sally Henry and wrote the case law updates for Professor Henry’s ABA Publication, The Portable Bankruptcy Code and Rules for 2013 and 2014. Cristina received the Honorable Judge John C. Akard Award for her work in the bankruptcy and commercial law.

Before attending law school, Cristina worked as a treasury analyst and operational risk specialist at a global corporate investment bank. She graduated cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, New York, where she was also a member of the Women’s Varsity Crew Team. The team won gold at several regattas, including the 2004-2005 New York State Championships. Cristina studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland during her sophomore year, and interned at the United Nation’s World Health Organization, working on the financial and personnel logistics of placing health care workers in third world countries.

Cristina enjoys playing lacrosse, traveling, and going to art museums.


Texas Tech School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2014; Honorable Judge John C. Akard Award, 2013

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 2008; Minors in Economics and Latin American Studies

Bar Admissions

New Mexico

United States District Court for the District of New Mexico 2015

  • State Bar of New Mexico; Young Lawyers Division; Member, Business Law Section and Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Section


  • The Endangered Species Act: Implications for Energy Development on Public Lands. Presented as part of the Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy Law Section’s Annual CLE, December 18, 2015 (co-presented with Deana Bennett)
  • Illiquid State: The Legal State of Water Use, Regulation, and Administration in Texas, Special Forum, Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, March 10, 2014
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