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Abraham Watkins Partner Named to Prestigious List of "101 Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community"

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Last month, partner [email protected], Jr. was named one of 2011's "101 Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community" by Latino Leaders Magazine. For over ten years, this national publication has featured influential Latino politicians, business owners and community leaders across the country, with the goal of demonstrating the influence of Latinos in the United States by showcasing non-mainstream Latino stories in the national media.

Mr. Agosto was honored by the magazine for his recent appellate victory in Republic Waste Services v. Martinez, a case that concerned the rights of undocumented workers to be compensated if injured on the job. The ruling out of Houston's First Court of Appeals affirmed the verdict of the lower court, explaining that the speculation called for by introducing a plaintiff's undocumented status is outweighed by the probability of its highly prejudicial effect on the jury. That ruling set a new legal standard, which ensures that everyone in Texas will have the same rights and opportunities to obtain compensation for their injuries.

Latino Leaders also highlighted Mr. Agosto's past contributions to the community, including his service as former president of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas, founder of the MABATx Scholarship Fund, and Chairman of the Board of Editors for the Texas Bar Journal. Most recently, Mr. Agosto has co-founded the HNBA Legal Education Fund, and is the current President-Elect of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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