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First Ever Diversity Summit for Lawyers and the Community Upcoming

Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. We see it every day in all of our activities, and perhaps take it for granted. But diversity has not always been the status quo, or even an encouraged status. But times have changed, and diversity is now an ingrained aspect of our society, and especially so in Houston.

Benny Agosto Jr. speaks at the 15th Annual Harvard Latino Law, Policy, and Business Conference

Harvard Law School in conjunction with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Business School recently hosted the 15th Annual Harvard Latino Law, Policy and Business Conference. The annual conference gathers Latino leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors to discuss important issues in the Latino community. Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) President Benny Agosto, Jr. was invited to be part of a panel discussing "Latinos in the Legal Profession."

The Hispanic National Bar Association Participates in Selma-Montgomery March and Takes Action For Civil Rights

Washington, D.C. - On March 7th, the HNBA joined other national partners in a rally and press conference to launch a bus trip to Selma, Alabama from where the groups participated in a historic recreation of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, AL march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Houston Texans Honran a Benny Agosto Jr. con el NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

Los Houston Texans reconocieron a Benny Agosto Jr. con el NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award (Premio al Liderato Hispano de la NFL), por su trabajo en favor de los hispanos.

Hispanic National Bar Association President Participates in White House Sessions with U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Vice-President

On January 18, 2012, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) President Benny Agosto Jr. met with Senior White House and Agency Officials along with other Latino leaders from across the nation to discuss several policy areas affecting the Latino population. Agosto was also among a select group of Latino leaders to participate in an intimate question-and-answer session recently with Vice-President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Hispanic National Bar Association President Benny Agosto, Jr. Proudly Announces the Veterans Legal Initiative Program

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) recently announced the launch of its new Veterans Legal Initiative Program ("Veterans Initiative"), in an effort to provide free legal services to the men and women of the American armed forces and their families. The Veterans Initiative is part of HNBA National President Benny Agosto, Jr.'s "Year of the Advocate" and will organize HNBA members to volunteer at local Departments of Veterans' Affairs, American Legion posts, and Veterans of Foreign Wars locations, as well as opening their own free legal clinics.

2011 Advanced Personal Injury Law Seminar

The first day of the Houston presentation of the State Bar of Texas' 2011 Advanced Personal Injury Law Seminar was a success. Those who preregistered, joined by a record crowd of walk-ins, learned from experts from across the State of Texas who discussed the many issues involved in a personal injury law practice. One highlight was a group discussion at noon by local jurists. Hon. Caroline Baker moderated a panel that included Hon. Susan Criss from Galveston County, along with the Hon. Reece Rendon and Hon. Bill Burke from Harris County. They shared insights gleaned from many years on the bench. Tomorrow, the seminar continues with a full slate of recognized leaders speaking on further important topics of the trial practice.

2011 MABATx Foundation Luncheon a Great Success

I am thrilled to report that the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation's (MABATx Foundation) Sixth Annual Scholarship Luncheon benefitting Hispanic law students, held last Wednesday, August 17 at the downtown Double Tree Hotel, was very successful. Every year, the luncheon raises money to donate to the three law schools in our community, and this year was no different. Several thousand was raised for scholarships that are given each year to outstanding Houston-area law students who best exemplify leadership, commitment, justice and equality within the Hispanic community and beyond.

Former HNBA President Confirmed as Justice

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate a good friend of mine, Jimmie Reyna, on his recent appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. On April 4th, the Senate confirmed Jimmie by a vote of 86-0, making him the first Latino to occupy the position of Circuit Judge on that court.

More Problems for Toyota

Toyota is once again recalling vehicles, this time for brake fluid and fuel pump problems. The recall affects 1.53 million vehicles, including the Lexus GS300, RX330, IS250, IS350, and the Toyota Avalon and Highlander. The problem, which primarily affects North America, involves the brake master cylinder, which could lead to weaker braking power. The other is an electrical problem with the fuel pump which can cause the engine to stall. Over the past year, Toyota has recalled more than 10 million cars for problems ranging from faulty gas pedals, braking problems in the Prius, troublesome floor mats, and engine stalls. Although no accidents have yet been reported as a result of these problems, Toyota has recently reached an out-of-court settlement with relatives of a family killed when their Lexus sped out of control and crashed as a result of an accelerator problem. This accident first put the spotlight on Toyota's problems and prompted the recall of millions of vehicles worldwide.

  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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