Benny Agosto, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz
 | 800 Commerce Street, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-587-9668
Fax: 713-225-0827
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004, 2006 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

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, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz 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," Agosto shares, "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 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.

As the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) 2011-2012 national president, Agosto brings many important issues to the forefront of the national debate. Although those issues are voiced throughout the duration of the year, there is also a specific day that HNBA members travel to Washington, DC, and speak to legislators about issues pertinent to all Hispanics. "The HNBA Legislative Day is paramount for us," Agosto says. "It is an important day to advocate for Hispanics in regards to the fair and equitable administration of justice." Another important HNBA event is the Mid-Year Corporate Counsel Conference. "It brings together general counsels and is an excellent opportunity for young Hispanic lawyers to participate in the job fair, attend seminars on promoting favorable minority hiring practices, and, most importantly, to make connections between members to continue the advancement of all Hispanics in the national legal community."

Deeply committed to community, scholarship, and making a difference, Agosto is a member of many bar associations throughout Texas and sits on the board of directors for a handful as well. Mr. Agosto is the founder of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas (MABATx) Foundation. With the support and help of his family and his staff, Agosto built the MABATx Foundation to benefit young, Hispanic, Houston-area law students through scholarships. To date, the MABATx Foundation has raised over $250,000. The Foundation also sponsors a Law Student Conference and corresponding reception, where scholarships are awarded to young, aspiring attorneys. "It was a personal endeavor, and I am committed to the students who benefit from these scholarships," says Agosto. 

Agosto is also the President and a Co-Founder of the HNBA's Legal Education Fund. The Legal Education Fund is the HNBA's only 501(c)3 charitable group that raises money to give 100 percent of its contributions toward minority scholarships. As an advocate for gender fairness, Agosto works with programs to promote flexible and sustaining practices that help women attorneys balance a family and a demanding career. "Females account for 50% of law-school enrollment," Agosto shares, "which is good and long overdue. But the fact remains that the percentage of women in corporate law remains relatively low and the percentage of Hispanic women in corporate law even lower."

Continuing on the trend of community outreach, Mr. Agosto has been credited for rewriting a Texas law concerning police officers assisting one another regardless of on-duty/off-duty status. In his landmark case (Hinojosa v. Harris County), Agosto's client had previously been denied workman's compensation benefits after being injured because he was deemed off duty when he had responded to an officer's call for assistance. Notably, the case, which resulted in a million-dollar award in benefits in favor of the client, was taken by Mr. Agosto on a pro bono basis.

Although a named partner in Houston's oldest plaintiffs' law firm, Mr. Agosto continues his outreach to help and mentor young people in the community through his guest lecturing and speaking appearances. Mr. Agosto frequently speaks to students attending Houston-area schools, colleges, and universities on the importance of jury service and the Constitution of the United States. He also delivers his inspirational advocacy message to Spanish-speaking communities as well as other attorneys, businessmen, and law professors, and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to civil litigation across the country.

"I'm blessed to be able to make a difference in today's world," Agosto says. "I put everything I have into learning and challenging myself, to love and support my family, and to help better my community. Change can begin in your own community, but when you reach out to other communities, you can change the world, one act of kindness at a time."

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Construction Litigation (10%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2004, 2006 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2004

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Admitted: 1995, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.abrahamwatkins.com/Attorney-Profiles/Benny-Agosto...

Honors/Awards:

  • Texas' Top Rated Lawyers of 2014, Leagal Leaders and Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings, 2014
  • Houston's Top Lawyers 2013 list, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine, 2013
  • Top Lawyers 2013 list - Personal Injury, Oil/Gas/Energy, Medical Malpractice, Houstonia Magazine, 2013
  • Peter Torres, Jr. Community Service Award, Hispanic Issues Section, State Bar of Texas, 2013
  • Peter Perlman Service Award, Litigation Counsel of America, 2013
  • Named one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders , Latino Leaders Magazine, 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award, Klein High School Debate, 2012
  • Lawdragon, Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America Finalist, 2009
  • Houston Bar Association Presidential Award, Two Time Recipient
  • Named "Best Lawyers in America"
  • ***Texas' Best Lawyers honor as presented by The Houston Chronicle Best Lawyers - The World's Premier Guide, an Incisive Media publication
  • **H Texas Top Lawyers for the People honor as presented by H Texas Magazine
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • State Bar of Texas - 2006 Certificate of Merit
  • H Magazine Top Lawyers for the People**, 2008

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, Member, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, 2014
  • Houston Bar Association, Second Vice-President, 2013
  • American Bar Association, Member, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, 2013
  • Houston Bar Association, President, Dispute Resolution Center, 2013
  • Houston Bar Association, First Vice-President, 2012
  • Houston Bar Association, President of the Dispute Resolution Center, 2012
  • Houston Bar Association, First Vice-President, 2012
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, President, 2012
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), President-Elect, 2010
  • State Bar of Texas Admission, 1995
  • Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Chairman, Grievance Committee, 1997 - 2000
  • Mexican American Bar Association, Houston, Judiciary Screening Committee
  • Mexican American Bar Association, Houston, Member, Board of Directors
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Houston Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman, HTLA Masters of Trial Seminar, 2000
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Co-Chairman, CLE Committee, 2002 - 2003
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Fundraising Committees, 2000 - 2001
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Directors
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association Advocates, Co-Chairman, 1998 - 1999
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advocates, Member, Board of Directors, 1997 - 1999
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section, Chairman, Grievance Committee, 4G19, 1997 - 2000
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Hispanic Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Chair, Texas Bar Journal Editorial Board
  • Houston Bar Association, Member, Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Commission, 2003 - 2004
  • Houston Bar Association, Co-Chair, CLE Commission
  • Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation, Founder and President
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Region XII, Regional President, 2006 - 2008
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Co-Editor In-Chief, Journal of Law and Policy
  • Houston Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2008 - 2010
  • U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico
  • U. S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • This year, 2010-2011, Mr. Agosto have logged in over 75 hours of pro bono work. Additionally, his work for the MABATX Foundation, which Mr. Agosto founded, has yeilded over $100,000 for Houston area Law students. 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "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, 2013
  • "Expanding the Coming and Going Rule…One Officer’s Struggle", The Houston Lawyer, vol. 49, January/February, 2012
  • "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
  • “Can the Undocumented Worker’s Alien Status be Introduced at Trial?” Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association, 2012
  • "Can Undocumented Worker's Alien Status Be Introduced at Trial?", Litigation Commentary & Review 43, March/April, 2011
  • "But Your Honor, He's an Illegal! Can Undocumented Worker's Alien Status be Introduced at Trial?" Texas Bar Journal, April, 2011
  • "Brown v. Board of Education", Houston Bar Association CLE, 2004
  • Speaker at the Judicial Mixer, Houston Hispanic Bar Association
  • Speaker, Gender Fairness Committee Networking Luncheon, Houston Bar Association
  • Speaker, Regarding the Admissability fo the Alien Status at Trial, Texas Trial Lawyers Luncheon, El Paso, Texas
  • Guest Speaker on topic of Criminal Justice, Klein High School
  • "Can Undocumented Worker's Alien Status Be Introduced at Trial?" 48 Hours, Lawyer 28, 2010
  • "Can Undocumented Worker's Alien Status Be Introduced at Trial?", Litigation Commentary & Review 43, March/April 2011
  • "Supreme Court Set to Implement New Rules Regarding Referral Fees", Texas Bar Journal, 2005
  • "Can the Injured Migrant Worker's Alien Status Be Introduced at Trial?", Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2005
  • "Dreams do Come True", Editors Note, Hispanic National Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy, Summer 2008
  • "Another Look at Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 95", Texas Bar Journal, 2010
  • "Hard Work Pays Off", Hispanic National Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy, Summer 2010
  • "But Your Honor, He's an Illegal! Can Undocumented Worker's Alien Status be Introduced at Trial?", Texas Bar Journal, April 2011
  • "Changing Faces of the HBA", The Houston Lawyer, May/June 2003
  • Guest Speaker, Burton Elementary 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 2003
  • "Experts: How to Pick Them, and Pick Them Apart", Houston Bar Association CLE, 2003
  • "Practical Tips for Lawyers in The Post-Tort Reform Era", Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Matthews & Friend In-House CLE, 2003
  • "Recent Developments in Construction Law", MABAH CLE Program
  • "Tort Reform", MABAT Annual Meeting CLE Program, 2003
  • "Using Your Bar Association Membership to Help Advance Your Career", ABA Minority Bar Summit, 2004
  • "Power to Persuade", University of Houston Comm. Dept., 2004
  • "Brown v. Board of Education", Houston Bar Association CLE, 2004
  • "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
  • "Mediation of an Automobile Accident Case", South Texas College of Law: Mediation for Litigators, 2002
  • Houston Bar Association CLE, "Ethics in Personal Injury", 2002
  • "Wrongful Death Cases in Texas-Experts", Lorman Educational Services Seminar, 2002
  • Chairman & Moderator, "Construction Law/Contractor Liability", South Texas College of Law: Personal Injury Law Conference, 2003
  • "Ethics in Picking Your Client", Houston Bar Association CLE, 2003
  • "The Homestretch: Preparing PI Cases from 60 Days Out", Houston Bar Association Bench Bar Conference CLE, 2003
  • "Experts: How to Pick Them, Protect Them, and Pick Them Apart", Houston Bar Association CLE, 2003
  • Discovery/Discovery Analysis and Document Control, Houston Association of Legal Secretaries, Litigation Paralegal Course, 1999
  • "Crunching the Numbers: The Economics of Handling an Automobile Injury Case", Automobile Injury Conference-Planning Committee, 1999
  • South Texas College of Law CLE Program
  • New Discovery Rules, Houston Association of Legal Secretaries, CLE Seminar, 1999
  • Panelist Speaker, "Gearing Up to Get Hired", South Texas College of Law, 1999
  • Panelist Speaker, "Preparing the Total Package", South Texas College of Law, 2000
  • Chairman and Moderator, "The Economics of Handling Car Wreck Cases With Forms", South Texas College of Law, CLE Program, Automobile Injury Conference, 2000
  • Speaker, "Accident Reconstruction", Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Daubert/Robinson Challenge Seminar, 2000
  • Speaker, "Life of a Trial Lawyer", University of Houston Law Center, 2000
  • Moderator and Seminar Chairman, Houston Trial Lawyers Association Masters of Trial 2000 Seminar, 2000
  • Speaker, "Litigation Updates: New Discovery Rules/New Evidence Rules", Houston Association of Legal Secretaries, 2001
  • Chairman and Moderator, "Practice Pointers from the Bench", Automobile Injury Conference, South Texas College of Law CLE Program, 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
  • 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
  • "A Road Map For Sports & Recreational Injury Lawsuits", Sports & Entertainment Law in the Year 2001 Seminar, 2001
  • Speaker, University of Houston Law Center, 2002
  • "Preparing Your Case: From Discovery to Trial"
  • Chairman and Moderator, "Experts: How to Pick Them, Present Them, Protect Them and Pick Them Apart", South Texas College of Law, Personal Injury Law Conference, 2002
  • Speaker, "Wrongful Death Cases in Texas-Experts", Lorman Educational Services Seminar, 2002
  • "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
  • "What About the Parents?", Texas Bar Journal, May, 2003
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk!", The Houston Lawyer, August, 1994
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk!", Texas Bar Journal, July, 1995
  • "Should Clinical Medical Testimony be Subject to Daubert Analysis?", Texas Bar Journal, January, 1999
  • "Crunching the Numbers: The Economics of Handling an Automobile Injury Case", South Texas College of Law On-Line CLE Course, January, 2000
  • "Experts: How to Pick Them, Protect Them, and Pick Them Apart", Houston Bar Association On-Line CLE Course, August, 2003
  • "Texas Supreme Court Update", Houston Trial Lawyers Newsletter, August, 2003

Educational Background:

  • University of Houston, Graduate Studies, Major: Microbiology, 1987
  • Houston Baptist University, B.S., 1986
  • Wesleyan Academy, Puerto Rico
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800 Commerce Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-587-9668

Fax: 713-225-0827

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