Teacher-turned-lawyer, Houston Attorney Benny Agosto, Jr., of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, fights for the underdog and against injustice in courtrooms across Texas.
The life and career path that led Houston attorney Benny Agosto, Jr. to his current position as Partner in Texas’ oldest personal injury law firm was recently detailed in a feature article in Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines. In the article, Benny shares how his life has been shaped by the mantra, “Don’t count out the underdog.”
As “Mr. Agosto” and “Coach Benny,” high school teacher and college soccer coach Benny Agosto, Jr. thought he had found his dream jobs. In the classroom, he was helping teens in the Houston area develop a love for science, encouraged by the words of his father that, “A great education was the way to become successful in life.” On the field, he was sharing the sport that brought him to Houston with college athletes as a Division I soccer coach at Houston Baptist University.
However, after a serious injury to a student athlete at the University led to a change in the school’s athletic offerings, Mr. Agosto opted for a career change. He attended South Texas College of Law Houston, based at least in part on the recommendation of former teammate and now colleague.
Initially thinking that law school would help advance his teaching career, Mr. Agosto was hooked during his first year. As a practicing lawyer, Mr. Agosto has continued to believe in and now fights for the underdog. He has fought for the rights of a widow who was denied fair compensation after a work-place accident killed her husband. He has argued a precedent-changing case regarding a police officer’s rights to workers’ compensation for an off-duty accident. And he won, on behalf of his clients, in both instances.
Mr. Agosto founded the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation and served as President of the National Hispanic Bar Association. He recently participated in a White House gathering of top Hispanic business leaders focused on business and economic development within the Hispanic community and was the recipient of the Peter Torres, Jr. Community Service Award from the Hispanic Issues Section of The State Bar of Texas.
Houston personal injury attorney Benny Agosto, Jr., was recently named, for the ninth year, to the annual listing of Texas Super Lawyers. This recognition is reserved for only five percent of lawyers licensed to practice in Texas. A patented selection process involving peer nominations, peer evaluations, and third party research is used to create the annual listing of top legal talent in the state of Texas.
“Benny is a hard-working, self-made American success story,” summed former Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright.
Founded in 1951, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is one of the oldest and most well-respected firms in Houston, Texas. The firm has helped thousands of injured clients in cases involving motor vehicle and trucking accidents, workplace injuries, defective products, medical malpractice, aviation crashes, oil and gas explosions, and other personal injury accidents.