Benigno (Trey) Martinez, III

Top rated general litigation attorney in Brownsville, Texas

Martinez and Tijerina PLLC
Benigno (Trey) Martinez, III
Martinez and Tijerina PLLC

Practice Areas: General litigation, Civil litigation, Construction litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1996

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

Martinez and Tijerina PLLC

1201 E. Van Buren Street
Brownsville, TX 78520 Visit website


At the MBMT Law Firm in Brownsville, Texas, Benigno (Trey) Martinez III is a hardworking and meticulous attorney, assisting clients with:

  • General litigation
  • Bad faith insurance claims 
  • Business and commercial litigation 
  • Complex personal injury 
  • Construction defects 
  • Medical malpractice
  • State criminal cases
  • Federal criminal cases
    • Health care fraud
    • White collar crime
    • Immigration offenses
    • Drug offenses
    • Gun offenses

A 1993 B.A. graduate of Brown University in political science and psychology, Mr. Martinez attended The University of Texas School of Law and received his Juris Doctor with honors in 1996. During law school, he was elected permanent class president and was also president of the Student Bar Association. Shortly after graduating law school, he clerked for Judge Reynaldo G. Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, where he gained invaluable experience of how the legal system works.

Mr. Martinez has over 25 years of experience practicing law, starting out his career at the United States Attorney’s Office as an assistant United States attorney. He later started his own practice in 2000, helping individuals with their civil litigation needs, and those who cannot defend themselves. He has been included in The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 and is a member of Lawyers of Distinction. He is also rated Distinguished* through Martindale-Hubbell for his professionalism in the legal field.

Mr. Martinez is professionally affiliated with various legal organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Trial Counsel and former Secretary and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. 

Licensed to practice in Texas since 1996, Mr. Martinez is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

General litigation, Civil litigation: defense, Construction litigation: business, Criminal defense, Criminal defense: white collar, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Litigation, Construction defects, Criminal law, White collar crime, Criminal law - federal, Personal injury - plaintiff

  • 30% General litigation
  • 20% Civil litigation: defense
  • 20% Construction litigation: business
  • 10% Criminal defense
  • 10% Criminal defense: white collar
  • 10% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1996, Texas

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Catholic Charities, Project Dignity Legal Team, Managing Attorney, 2020-Present
  • Cameron County Young Lawyers, President 2000-2001
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 2016 – Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Secretary, 2016 – 2017
  • Diocesan Pastoral Council, Member, 2010 – 2014
  • Texas Center of Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Board Member, 2008 – 2011
  • American Academy of Trial Counsel, Fellow, 2006 – Present
  • State Bar College, Member, 2002 – 2007
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Appleseed, Board of Directors, 2002-2008
  • Texas Lyceum, Director, 2008 – 2011
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School Board, Vice-President, 2006 – 2007
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School Board, Member, 2005 – 2006; 2009 – 2014
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School Board, President, 2007-2009; 2015 – Present
  • Texas Rural Legal Aid, Board of Directors, 2001-2002
  • Brownsville Aquatics Swim Club, President, 2008 – 2009
  • State Bar of Texas – Litigation Section, Council Member, 2005- 2010
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2001- 2005
  • Cameron County Young Lawyers, President-Elect 1999-2000
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville / Texas Southmost College, Development, Board Member, 2010 – 2011
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Second Wind Initiative, Co-Founder, 2018 – Present
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit Foundation, Board Member 2015 – Present
  • Jaime J. Zapata Foundation, Board President, 2017 – 2022
  • Regional Dialogue, Expert on Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense, 2017 – Present
  • Texas Ranger Association Foundation, Board Member, 2015 – Present
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston, Volunteer Teacher, 2015 – Present
Educational Background:
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, B.A. in Political Science and Psychology, May, 1993

Office location for Benigno (Trey) Martinez, III

1201 E. Van Buren Street
Brownsville, TX 78520

Phone: 956-550-4868


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

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