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Benny Agosto, Jr.

What do a former international soccer player, a former teacher, and a current legal advocate all have in common? Simple. They are all the same man.

Benny Agosto, Jr., a partner with Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner of Houston, Texas was born in New York City and raised in Puerto Rico. From a young age, Mr. Agosto was taught by his parents that through hard work and determination, anything was possible – a principle he has applied throughout his life, in school, on the soccer field, and in the courtroom. “Both of my parents have a sixth-grade education,” Mr. Agosto shared, “and every day they would tell my siblings and me to be sure to get an education. I remember my father telling me that no one can ever take that away from you. My parents knew the struggles of being a migrant family without a formal education.” Hard work on the soccer field and in school paid off for Mr. Agosto. An avid soccer player in San Juan, Agosto was recruited by Houston Baptist University to attend and play NCAA Division I soccer. He went on to the University of Houston to work on his graduate degree in microbiology and taught high school and college students for six years. Agosto realized that although he loved teaching and coaching soccer, he needed more. He was accepted to South Texas College of Law Houston, where he excelled in mock trial and academics and is now a board certified trial lawyer.

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1998

Workplace Accidents
Personal Injury
Catastrophic Injuries
Wrongful Death
Product Defects
Business Litigation
18 Wheeler & Commercial Truck Accidents
Aviation Accidents
Admiralty & Maritime Accidents
Birth Injuries
Brain Damage
Burns
Construction Accidents
DWI Accidents
Electrocutions
Environmental Law
Explosions
Medical Malpractice
Motorcycle Accidents
Nursing Home Negligence
Offshore Injuries
Paraplegia
Patent Infringement
Petrochemical Accidents
Pharmaceutical Litigation
Quadriplegia
Spinal Cord Injuries
Swimming Pool Accidents
Vehicular Accidents

Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Texas, 1995
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1995
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1995
U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico, 1995

South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas

  • J.D. - 1995
  • Honors: Board of Advocates

University of Houston

  • Graduate Studies - 1987
  • Major: Microbiology
  • Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University

  • B.S. - 1986

Wesleyan Academy, Puerto Rico

  • "Golf Cart Ejections: Injuries and Deaths on the Rise", The Houston Lawyer, July/August, 2018
  • "Off Course", Trial, August, 2018
  • "Can Friends Still Let Friends Drive Drunk?", Texas Bar Journal, May, 2013
  • "Appeal by Ambush: Is the Texas Supreme Court Setting the Stage for a New Trial Tactic?", Thurgood Marshall Law Review, a Publication of Texas Southern University, 2012
  • "Expanding the Coming and Going Rule?One Officer's Struggle", The Houston Lawyer, vol. 49, January/February, 2012
  • "The Scarlet I", Trial, April, 2011
  • "But Your Honor, He's an Illegal! Can Undocumented Worker's Alien Status be Introduced at Trial?", Texas Bar Journal, April, 2011
  • "Can Undocumented Worker's Alien Status Be Introduced at Trial?", Litigation Commentary & Review 43, March/April, 2011
  • "Lessons to be Learned from In re Weekley Homes, L.P.", The Houston Lawyer (Online Edition), September/October, 2010
  • "Hard Works Pays Off", Hispanic National Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy, Summer, 2010
  • "Another Look at Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 95", Texas Bar Journal, 2010
  • "Can Undocumented Worker's Alien Status Be Introduced at Trial?", 48 Hours. Lawyer 28, 2010
  • "Dreams do Come True.", Editor's Note, Hispanic National Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy", Summer, 2008
  • "Can the Injured Migrant Worker's Alien Status Be Introduced at Trial?", Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2005
  • "Supreme Court Set To Implement New Rules Regarding Referral Fees", Texas Bar Journal, 2005
  • "Texas Rising Star", Texas Monthly and Law & Politics, 2004
  • "Texas Supreme Court Update", Houston Trial Lawyers Newsletter, August, 2003
  • "Experts: How to Pick Them, Protect Them, and Pick Them Apart", Houston Bar Association On-Line CLE Course, August, 2003
  • "Changing Faces of the HBA", The Houston Lawyer, May/June, 2003
  • "What About the Parents?", Texas Bar Journal, May, 2003
  • "Ethics in Personal Injury", Houston Bar Association On-Line CLE Course, January, 2003
  • "Construction Law/Contractor Liability: Control is Key", Texas Bar Journal, January, 2003
  • "Crunching the Numbers: The Economics of Handling an Automobile Injury Case", South Texas College of Law Houston On-Line CLE Course, January, 2000
  • "Should Clinical Medical Testimony be Subject to Daubert Analysis?", Texas Bar Journal, January, 1999
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk!", Texas Bar Journal, July, 1995
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk!", The Houston Lawyer, August, 1994
  • "Crunching the Numbers: The Economics of Handling an Automobile Injury Case", South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Expert Witnesses: How to Pick Them, Protect Them, and Pick Them Apart, American Academy of Physician Life Care Planners 2021 Annual Assembly, 2021
  • Guest Speaker, Hispanic Heritage Night, Hispanic Law Students Association, South Texas College of Law Houston, 2020
  • Role of the Expert in American Justice, Forensic Expert Witness Association National Conference, 2020
  • Ethical Responsibility to Cmply with the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order Using Technology to Connect with Clients, Practicing Law in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Conduct Effective Hearings and Remote Depositions, Houston Bar Association CLE, 2020
  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Houston Bar Association CLE Seminar, 2020
  • Insurance Coverage Issues, 9th Annual Advanced Trial Strategies Course, State Bar of Texas and American Board of Trial Advocates, 2020
  • Trending Issues in Texas Litigation - Immigration Issues Impacting Non-Immigration Lawyers, State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Litigation Update Institute Course, 2019
  • Witness Background Issues, Ethics Extravaganza CLE, Houston Northwest Bar Association, 2019
  • Panelist, Becoming Indispensable to Your Law Firm: How to Fit In and Make Money, Houston Bar Association Career Building and Networking Happy Hour, 2018
  • Insurance Litigation Strategies, State Bar of Texas 7th Annual Advanced Trial Strategies Course, 2018
  • Representing Undocumented Plaintiffs, TTLA Annual Meeting and CLE Seminar, 2017
  • Anatomy of a Bus and 18-Wheeler Case, Mexican American Bar Association of Texas and State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section 2017 CLE and Legislative Update, 2017
  • Speaker, LeadershipSBOT, State Bar of Texas, 2017
  • Damage Issues Relating to Standing and Capacity, 8th Annual Damages in Civil Ligation Course, State Bar of Texas, 2016
  • Public Interest Law Panel, Hispanic Law Students Association, University of Houston Law Center, 2015
  • Court: Best Practices, Roundtable Discussion, Harris County Judicial Education Conference, 2015
  • How to Hire an Attorney, Emerging Leaders Institute, 2015
  • How to Hire an Attorney, People's Law School, University of Houston Law Center, 2015
  • The Pros and Cons of Executive Action in Immigration Law, HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference, 2015
  • Insurance Coverage, 4th Annual Advanced Trial Strategies Course, TexasBarCLE, 2015
  • Expedited Trials Plus the New Rule to Dismiss, Texas Minority Counsel Program, 2013
  • Damages for Undocumented Workers, 5th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation Course, TexasBarCLE
  • Can the Undocumented Worker's Alien Status be Introduced at Trial?, Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association, 2012
  • Admissibility of Alien Status at Trial, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Seminar in Las Vegas, NV
  • Guest Speaker on the topic of Criminal Justice, Klein High School
  • Speaker, Swearing In Ceremony at the Harris County Courthouse, Hispanic Bar of Houston
  • Speaker, LULAC Veterans Legal Clinics/Initiative, Legal Services for Veterans
  • Speaker, Regarding the Admissibility of the Alien Status at Trial, Texas Trial Lawyers Luncheon, El Paso, Texas
  • Speaker, Gender Fairness Committee Networking Luncheon, Houston Bar Association
  • Speaker at the Judicial Mixer, Houston Hispanic Bar Association
  • State Bar College Spring Training
  • Your Case and The Mexico Connection
  • Lawyer Advertising, Contingent Fee Referrals, and Other Topics, Automobile Injury Conference
  • Real Evidence for the Trial Practitioner in Texas, Lorman Educational Services Seminar
  • Common Law Marriage in Mexico Ain't So Common, Navigating Cross Border Issues
  • Rule 8a-The New Referral Rules, Houston Bar Association's All Day Ethics Program
  • Guest speaker to Houston area law students, Professionalism Day
  • Construction Law Update, Mexican American Bar Association Texas
  • Brown v. Board of Education, Houston Bar Association CLE, 2004
  • Power to Persuade, University of Houston Comm. Dept., 2004
  • Tort Reform Update: One Year Later, Mexican American Bar Association Houston
  • Using Your Bar Association Membership to Help Advance Your Career, ABA Minority Bar Summit, 2004
  • Experts: How to Pick Them, Protect Them, and Pick Them Apart, Houston Bar Association CLE, 2003
  • Ethics in Picking Your Client, Houston Bar Association CLE, 2003
  • Guest Speaker, Burton Elementary 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 2003
  • Chairman & Moderator, Construction Law/Contractor Liability, South Texas College of Law Houston: Personal Injury Law Conference, 2003
  • Tort Reform, MABAT Annual Meeting CLE Program, 2003
  • Experts: How to Pick Them, and Pick Them Apart, Houston Bar Association CLE, 2003
  • The Homestretch: Preparing PI Cases from 60 Days Out, Houston Bar Association Bench Bar Conference CLE, 2003
  • Practical Tips for Lawyers in The Post-Tort Reform Era, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Matthews & Friend In-House CLE, 2003
  • Speaker, Wrongful Death Cases in Texas-Experts, Lorman Educational Services Seminar, 2002
  • Mediation of an Automobile Accident Case, South Texas College of Law Houston: Mediation for Litigators, 2002
  • Experts: How to Pick Them, Protect Them, and Pick Them Apart, Legal Assistants Division, State Bar of Texas: Legal Assistants U-A Three Day Seminar with a Collegiate Theme, 2002
  • Chairman and Moderator, Experts: How to Pick Them, Present Them, Protect Them and Pick Them Apart, South Texas College of Law Houston, Personal Injury Law Conference, 2002
  • Houston Bar Association CLE, Ethics in Personal Injury, 2002
  • Speaker, University of Houston Law Center, 2002
  • Wrongful Death Cases in Texas-Experts, Lorman Educational Services Seminar, 2002
  • A Road Map For Sports & Recreational Injury Lawsuits, Sports & Entertainment Law in the Year 2001 Seminar, 2001
  • Chairman and Moderator, Discovery About Experts, Advanced Civil Discovery Seminar, University of Houston Law Center CLE Program, 2001
  • Chairman and Moderator, Document Production and Organization, Lorman Educational Services Seminar, Houston, 2001
  • Chairman and Moderator, Practice Pointers from the Bench, Automobile Injury Conference, South Texas College of Law Houston CLE Program, 2001
  • Speaker, Litigation Updates: New Discovery Rules/New Evidence Rules, Houston Association of Legal Secretaries, 2001
  • Chairman and Moderator, Self-Insurers and Non-Subscribers: Special Considerations in Suing and Defending, Insurance Law Seminar, University of Houston Law Center CLE Program, 2001
  • Moderator and Seminar Chairman, Houston Trial Lawyers Association Masters of Trial 2000 Seminar, 2000
  • Speaker, Life of a Trial Lawyer, University of Houston Law Center, 2000
  • Chairman and Moderator, The Economics of Handling Car Wreck Cases With Forms, South Texas College of Law Houston, CLE Program, Automobile Injury Conference, 2000
  • Panelist Speaker, Preparing the Total Package, South Texas College of Law Houston, 2000
  • Speaker, Accident Reconstruction, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Daubert/Robinson Challenge Seminar, 2000
  • Panelist Speaker, Gearing Up to Get Hired, South Texas College of Law Houston, 1999
  • New Discovery Rules, Houston Association of Legal Secretaries, CLE Seminar, 1999
  • Crunching the Numbers: The Economics of Handling an Automobile Injury Case, Automobile Injury Conference-Planning Committee, 1999
  • Discovery/Discovery Analysis and Document Control, Houston Association of Legal Secretaries, Litigation Paralegal Course, 1999
  • Recent Developments in Construction Law, MABAH CLE Program
  • South Texas College of Law Houston CLE Program
  • Preparing Your Case: From Discovery to Trial
  • Puerto Rico Soccer Hall of Fame, 2020
  • Top 100: Houston Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2017 to 2020
  • Top 100 Premises Liability Settlements in the United States, TopVerdict.com, 2018
  • Invited to Top 25 Products Liability Trial Lawyers in Texas, The National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Top Latino Leaders Award, National Diversity Council, 2018
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys®, America's Top 100 LLC, 2018
  • National Latino Trial Lawyers Association Top 10, The National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Top 10 Attorneys in Texas List, Personal Injury Law, Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2018
  • Distinguished Lawyer Designation©, Noticed, 2018
  • Recognized as Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Category, Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards, 2018
  • Humanitarian Award, Male Philanthropist Category, Latino Learning Center, 2017
  • Top Latino Lawyers, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2016 to 2020
  • Legacy Builder Award, New York University School of Law, 2016
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Houston Baptist University, 2016
  • Athletic Hall of Honor, Houston Baptist University, 2016
  • 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2015
  • Outstanding Public Service Award, South Texas College of Law Houston, 2015
  • Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Student Bar Association, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2015 to 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2012 to 2021
  • Presidents' Award, State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • President's Award, Houston Bar Association, 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Texas for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubble, 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015 to 2018
  • Outstanding Service and Leadership Award, Hispanic Issues Section, State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine, 2015 to 2021
  • ADL Civil Rights Medal, Anti-Defamation League, Houston in Concert Against Hate, 2014
  • Hispanic Male Executive of the Year, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2014
  • Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award, Texas Minority Counsel Program, 2014
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyers of 2014, AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubble, 2014
  • Peter Perlman Service Award, Litigation Counsel of America, 2013
  • Peter Torres, Jr. Community Service Award, Hispanic Issues Section, State Bar of Texas, 2013
  • Top Lawyers List, Oil/Gas/Energy, Medical Malpractice, Houstonia Magazine, 2013
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, 2013 to 2017
  • Top Lawyers List, Personal Injury, Houstonia Magazine, 2013 to 2015, 2018 - 2020
  • Distinguished Service Award, Klein High School Debate, 2012 to 2013
  • 101 Most Influential Leaders, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2011, 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2011 to 2015
  • Lawdragon - Leading Plaintiff Lawyers In America Finalist, 2009
  • President's Award, Houston Bar Association, 2008 to 2009
  • *Texas Top Lawyers for the People honor as presented by Texas Magazine, 2008
  • State Bar of Texas - 2006 Certificate of Merit
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2005 to 2015
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2004, 2006 to 2020
  • Texas Rising Star, 2003
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • *Texas' Best Lawyers honor as presented by The Houston Chronicle Best Lawyers - The World's Premier Guide, an Incisive Media publication
  • Houston Bar Association Presidential Award - Two Time Recipient
  • Featured in Texas Trial Lawyers Spotlight First Edition Newsletter
  • Nominations Committee, Hispanic Issues Section Council, State bar of Texas, 2020 to Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Board of Directors, 2020 to Present
  • Houston Bar Association, LGBTQ+ Committee, Founding Member and Chair, 2019 to Present
  • Hope Disaster Recovery, President, Board of Directors, 2019 to Present
  • Houston Bar Association, President, 2019 to 2020
  • Houston Bar Association, President-Elect, 2018 to 2019
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 2018 to Present
  • Hope Disaster Recovery, Board of Directors, 2017 to Present
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, Founding Editor, 2017 to Present
  • Houston Bar Association, 1st Vice-President, 2016 to 2017
  • Lone Star Legal Aid, Board of Directors, 2015 to 2016
  • Houston Bar Association, Second Vice-President, 2013 to 2014, 2015 to 2016
  • United Negro College Fund, Regional Advisory Leadership Council, Member, 2014 to 2015
  • Houston Bar Association, First Vice-President, 2012 to 2013, 2014 to 2015
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Chairman, Task Force on Unaccompanied Minors Humanitarian Crisis, 2014 to 2015
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Member, Program Committee, 2014 to 2015
  • State Bar of Texas, Chair, Hispanic Issues Section, 2014 to 2015
  • Houston Bar Association, Co-Chair, Law and the Media Committee, 2014 to 2015
  • American Bar Association, Member, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, 2013 to 2014
  • Houston Bar Association, President of the Dispute Resolution Center, 2012 to 2013
  • National Hispanic Bar Association, President, 2011 to 2012
  • Houston Bar Association, Law Week Committee, Co-Chair, 2011 to 2012
  • Houston Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2008 to 2011
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation, Founder and President
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), President-Elect, 2010
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Candidate for President-Elect, 2009
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Region XII, Regional President, 2006 to 2008
  • Houston Bar Association, Member, Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Commission, 2003 to 2004
  • Mexican American Bar Association, Texas, Vice President, 2003 to 2004
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Co-Chairman, CLE Committee, 2002 to 2003
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Fundraising Committees, 2000 to 2001
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman, HTLA Masters of Trial Seminar, 2000
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section, Chairman, Grievance Committee, 4G19, 1997 to 2000
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Chairman, Grievance Committee, 1997 to 2000
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association Advocates, Co-Chairman, 1998 to 1999
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advocates, Member, Board of Directors, 1997 to 1999
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities Hearing in Texas
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Co-Editor In-Chief, Journal of Law and Policy
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Legal Education Fund, Co-Founder and Board Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Committee on Administration of Justice, Chair
  • Houston Bar Association, Committee on Gender Fairness, Chair
  • Houston Bar Association, Committee on Judicial Polls, Chair
  • Houston Bar Association, Committee on Speakers Bureau, Chair
  • Houston Bar Association, Institute and Seminars, Chair
  • Houston Bar Association Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Houston Bar Association, Judicial Endorsement Committee
  • Houston Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Lawyer Referral Service, Board of Directors
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Directors
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter, Editor
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, Member
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Mexican American Bar Association, Houston, Judiciary Screening Committee
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • South Texas College of Law Houston Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Texas, Chair, Texas Bar Journal Editorial Board
  • State Bar of Texas, Hispanic Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Hispanic Issues Section, Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Wesley Community Center, Board of Directors
  • Supreme Court Historical Society, Member
  • Honorable Alice Oliver-Parrott, Chief Justice, Texas Court of Appeals, 1st District, Houston, Texas, Intern, 1994
  • Houston Baptist University, Human Kinetics Department, Faculty, Head Soccer Coach. 1989 to 1991

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