August 20, 2020 — Crain Caton & James, P.C. attorney Sarah Patel Pacheco was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Trusts and Estates for 2021.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments.

Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Sarah Patel Pacheco was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following practice areas:  Trusts and Estates and Litigation – Trusts and Estates. Sarah has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.


About Sarah Patel Pacheco


Sarah Patel Pacheco is a shareholder with Crain Caton & James, P.C., where she assists clients involved in complex estate, trust, guardianship and fiduciary litigation and administration issues. She received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law, and undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1998 she became Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and served as the Chair of that exam committee’ from 2007-2010. Sarah participated in firm leadership as a member of the Executive Committee for 15 years.

Sarah is a co-author of two (2) of West Publishing’s Texas Practice Guides:  Probate and Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning.  She is an Associate Editor of the State Bar of Texas’s Texas Guardianship Manual.   She remains active in various local and state legal organizations including:  HBA Probate, Trust & Estates Section; Chair 2009-2010; CLE Committee; Co-Chair 2008-2009: Judicial Polls Committee; 2008-2010: HBA Foundation, Fellow (elected 2004): HYLA; Fellow (elected 2000).

She has been named by Texas Monthly as One of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Texas, a Texas Super Lawyer since 2004, and a Texas Rising Star.  She has also been named as a Top Lawyer in Houston and as one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by H Texas Magazine, and as a Top Lawyer in Houston, by Houston Magazine.  She continues to be a frequent author and speaker for various state and local professional organizations.