Benny Agosto, Jr. is a partner with Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend. Mr. Agosto has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. He is a past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and a past president of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas. Mr. Agosto founded the MABATx Scholarship Foundation, and most recently co-founded the HNBA Legal Education Fund, both of which benefit Hispanic Law students. He was formerly chair of the board of editors for the Texas Bar Journal and editor in chief of the HNBA Journal of Law and Policy, which he cofounded. He received the State Bar of Texas 2015 President=s Award, 2006 President’s Certificate of Merit and is a three-time recipient of the HBA President=s Award. In 2013 he was honored by State Bar of Texas - Hispanic Issues Section with the Pete Torres Jr, Community Service Award. Also in 2013, Mr. Agosto received the Peter Pearlman service award. In 2014, Mr. Agosto was honored as a Civil Rights Hero by the Anti-Defamation League at Houston at the annual Concert Against Hate. He has also been honored by the Texas Minority Council Program as the Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year. He has been named as one of Texas Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly Magazine and has been appointed by the ABA President to serve as a member of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He has also been selected as one of the Top Attorneys in America from 2011 to 2015. In 2015, The National Association of Distinguished Council recognized him as a member of the top one percent of attorneys in the United States. Mr. Agosto is the 2nd Vice President of the Houston Bar Association and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a life fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, and the Litigation Council of America. Mr. Agosto is a graduate of South Texas College of Law and the 2015 recipient of the Alumni Association’s Public Service Award.
Mr. Agosto is a frequent speaker and lecturer on issues relating to civil litigation, having presented a lecture at the 2012 Harvard Latino Law, Policy and Business Conference. He consulted with the White House regarding President Barak Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address and about the Latino agenda moving forward. In May of 2013, he was selected to participate in the Inaugural White House Hispanic Business Leader’s Summit. Mr. Agosto has appeared across the country to deliver presentations ranging from advocacy tips to the evidentiary relevance of the illegal status of injured workers; from how to take a deposition to persuasion techniques at trial; and from choosing the right expert to Texas insurance law. For instance, in 2014 Mr. Agosto became Director of the Advance Evidence and Discovery Law Conference for the State Bar of Texas. In addition to being featured in multiple interviews on local and national television, Mr. Agosto is an author and has published multiple articles in numerous journals and periodicals with nationwide publications, including Texas Monthly, Texas Bar Journal, Texas Super Lawyers, American Bar Association’s The Brief, Texas Lawyer, The Houston Lawyer, University of Texas School of Law, Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy and Trial Magazine. Along with his daughter, Mr. Agosto authored the children’s book Victoria Goes to Court, which has been published and distributed to schools across America. Mr. Agosto has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers in the United States by Latino Leaders Magazine for 2016 after previously being named one of the Nation’s 101 Most Influential Leaders by the magazine for the years 2011 and 2012. Also, the October 2011 issue of Hispanic Business magazine named him as one of the 100 Influentials.
Mr. Agosto has recently achieved landmark trial and appellate victories, including the historic ruling in Republic Waste Services, Ltd. v. Martinez, which sets a new standard in Texas law by preventing the immigration status of a plaintiff from prejudicing a jury, and secures the ability of undocumented workers and their families to have a fair day in court. Mr. Agosto also donates some of his time doing work on Pro Bono cases, most notable of which is Harris County v. Hinojosa. In that case, a peace officer with the Harris County Constable’s office, Sgt. Hinojosa, was injured while responding to a call from dispatch. The issue in the case centered around whether the officer was “on duty” or “off duty” when in route to assist a fellow officer. Mr. Agosto won a verdict at the trial court level and the verdict was affirmed at the appellate court level. The Supreme Court affirmed the 1st Court of Appeals, ensuring that Texas peace officers have their rights protected when they are responding to a call from a fellow officer.