Sofia Adrogué

Sofia Adrogué

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Diamond McCarthy LLP
 | 909 Fannin Street, Two Houston Center, 37th Floor
Houston, TX 77010
Phone: 713-333-5122
Fax: 713-333-5199
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2014 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Health Care (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

A bilingual native of Argentina, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent ®Peer Review Rated and licensed for 25 plus years, Sofia is a commercial litigator who has obtained favorable judgments and settlements on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business cases and multi-party proceedings in state and federal courts as well as in ADR proceedings. She represents clients in all industries, ranging from entrepreneurs in rural Texas to multinational conglomerates with diversified worldwide business holdings. She also represents parties in peer review proceedings and/or before state regulatory or licensing agencies in the healthcare arena.

In addition to her formidable efforts and recognitions in her community, Sofia believes it is imperative to give back to the legal profession. She has sought to do so by legal writing and speaking as well as service on a litany of local, state and national bars and/or organizations in her 25 plus years of practice. She is a frequent author (over 120 to date) and speaker (over 125 to date) on topics such as business torts, managing complex litigation, experts, joint ventures in litigation, and leadership. She is the Editor of the ALM TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATON, a 1500+ page treatise, with a 4th Edition 2018-19 forthcoming. 

Sofia graduated from the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management (OPM) Program and became an Alumna of the Harvard Business School. She was elected as the U.S. Keynote Graduation Speaker for HBS OPM 37, ostensibly the first woman in the history of OPM, and U.S. Class Representative (Rice University News & Media). Composed of three units (2006-2008), the OPM 37 curriculum included courses in the following areas: accounting and control; financial management; management and strategy; operations, information technology and innovation; leadership and organizational effectiveness (including ethics generally); marketing strategy; as well as negotiation and decision-making strategies.

About Sofia Adrogué

Admitted: 1992, Texas

Honors/Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent ®Peer Review Rated and a member of Who’s Who in America, American Law and Who’s Who of American Women, Sofia has been profiled or listed by a litany of publications, including: Texas Lawyer (one of Texas’ Top “40 Under 40”); Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine (Texas Super Lawyer); Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (Texas Super Lawyer); H Texas Magazine Houston’s Top Lawyers and one of Houston’s Professionals on the Fast Track; ALM & Martindale-Hubbell (Top Rated Lawyer-Litigation & Appellate Law); Texas Monthly (Texas Rising Star); The Houston Lawyer (Houston’s Lawyers are Houston’s Leaders”; Intown Magazine (At A Glance) & (Success in Business); Dinastia Latina (Achievement of the American Dream); Latino Leaders (Achievement of the American Dream & One of 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers in U.S. & One of Top Latino Partners in U.S.); and Houston Woman (Cover Story). In the professional arena, Sofia has been chosen as a Texas Bar Foundation and Houston Bar Association Life Fellow. She is a graduate and Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum as well as a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership Houston. Sofia is a Latino Learning Center, Inc. Helping Hands Humanitarian Award Honoree; Rice University Meritorious Service Honoree; a Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon, Easter Seals Greater Houston Honoree; Arrival Awards Immigrant Achievement Honoree, UH Law Center Immigration Clinic; Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation “International Award Recipient”; an “Empresaria del Año, ” Sucesos & Solo Mujeres Magazine; a "Women of Influence" National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section; National Diversity Council Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas; a Greater Houston Women’s  Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Inductee; a “TBOY Blazing Star,” Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce; the Executive Woman of the Year, Talento Bilingüe de Houston; Texas Executive Women “Woman on the Move”; one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women, Houston Women Magazine; a Houston Chronicle, Channel 11 “Texas Legend”; an ABC Channel 13 "Woman of Distinction"; a Houston Jaycees "Outstanding Houstonian"; a Texas Jaycees "Outstanding Texan"; as well as a U.S. Jaycees "Outstanding American." She is also a Hispanic Business Magazine “Elite Woman”; a recipient of a "Barbara Jordan Legacy Award" bestowed by the National Council of Negro Women, Barbara Jordan Houston Section; a YWCA Woman of Achievement; and a Neuhaus Education Center "Icon." The City of Houston has recognized Sofia with a proclamation of July 10, 2004 as "Sofia Adrogué Day."

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • She is a Houston Bar Foundation & Texas Bar Foundation Fellow; as well as member of the classes of Leadership Houston (Class XVIII); Leadership Texas (1999) & American Leadership Forum (Class XX). Past State Bar of Texas Committee Appointments include: Ad Hoc Committee to Select Minority Directors; CLE Committee; Mentor Committee; Opportunities/Minorities in the Profession Committee; Professionalism Committee as well as the Editorial Board of The Advocate (current). Past Houston Bar Association Committee Appointments include: CLE Committee; Editorial Committee, The Houston Lawyer; and Professionalism Committee. As related to the legal profession, she has served on the Task Force on the Judiciary for the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation among other committees, as well as on several committees for the Houston Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas, noted above. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Law Review Alumni Association (former President) and the University of Houston Law Alumni Association. She previously spent years also serving on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association-Houston, the Mexican-American Bar Association-Houston as well as the Texas Women Lawyers. She has taught Mass Torts as an Adjunct Professor at the UH Law Center, as well as had the honor of clerking  for the Honorable Jerre S. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. She serves as the Reporter for the Fifth Circuit for the ABA Section of Litigation.  Appointed to the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee by the Texas Supreme Court, she recently finished her tenure. The Committee drafts rules as directed by the Court, solicits, summarizes, and reports to the Court the views of the Bar and the public on court rules and procedure. In 2013, she was asked by ALM to author the Texas Business Litigation treatise. Published in 2014, 2015, and, most recently, in 2017, it is a thorough 1500+ page, multiple chapter analysis on business torts litigation. She is serving as the Editor and has recruited some of Texas’ top business lawyers; Hon. Caroline Baker serves as her Co-Editor.   Her awards reflect her myriad of bar/professional activities: one of the "Top Latino Partners in the U.S." & one of "The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers," LATINO LEADERS Magazine; Arrival Awards, Immigrant Achievement, Honoree, UH Law Center Immigration Clinic; Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation “International Award Recipient”; an “Empresaria del Año,” SUCESOS & SOLO MUJERES Magazine; ALM & Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer; a Women of Influence National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section; National Diversity Council Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas; Greater Houston Women's Chamber Hall of Fame Inductee; TBOY Blazing Star Women's Chamber of Commerce Texas; Executive Woman of the Year, TALENTO BILINGUE de HOUSTON; "Texas Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers Corporate Edition; "Texas Super Lawyer," TEXAS MONTHLY Magazine; Houston's 50 Most Influential Women; HOUSTON WOMEN Magazine Texas Executive Women; "Woman on the Move" Texas Spirit/Legend, THE  HOUSTON CHRONICLE & KHOU-TV; Top 20 "Elite" Women, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine; Houston's Top Lawyers, H TEXAS Magazine; Houston's Professional on the Fast Track, H TEXAS Magazine; Texas Rising Star, TEXAS MONTHLY Magazine; 10 Outstanding Young Americans, U.S. Jaycees; Woman of Achievement, YWCA; Neuhaus Education Center "Icon"; Women of Distinction, ABC Channel 13; Barbara Jordan Legacy Award, National Council of Negro Women, Barbara Jordan Houston Section; Five Outstanding Young Houstonians, Texas Jaycees; Five Outstanding Young Texans, Texas Jaycees; Texas' Top "40 Under 40," TEXAS LAWYER; Houston's Lawyers are Houston's Leaders, THE HOUSTON LAWYER.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Sofia serves or has served on the Board of Directors/Trustees of the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter (Former Chair, Selection Committee); the Chinquapin School; CHRISTUS Health Gulf Coast, (Hospital Board); Girls Incorporated of Greater Houston (Advisory Board Member; Former President and Board Chair); the Houston Law Review Alumni Association (Former President); the Memorial Hermann Foundation; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; RICE-TMS; Theatre Under The Stars; and The United Way of Greater Houston, among a number of others. Sofia is a Co-Host & Co-Producer: LATINA VOICES: SMART TALK—an innovative, English language, half-hour TV and Internet streamed Talk Show with a Latina perspective but addressing universal topics such as politics, business, pop culture, health trends, entertainment, women’s issues and other topics of value to professional Latinos and the mainstream audience. This show airs on HoustonPBS CH. 8; KHOU CH. 11; and HTV/COMCAST CABLE CH. 16 and is also showing in other cities in Texas, including Beaumont, Harlingen/McAllen and Victoria. Its guests, over 100 to date, have been a diverse group of game-changing individuals—including among others, Olympic medal winners (The Lopez Family & Marlen Esparza); politicians (George P. Bush); a current U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Sonia Sotomayor); a female revolutionary (Gloria Steinem); and our Mayor (Hon. Annise Parker),  among many others. For her community service, Sofia has received numerous recognitions including the City of Houston has recognized Sofia with a proclamation of July 10, 2004 as "Sofia Adrogué Day."

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • She is a frequent speaker. She has spoken at more than 125 engagements, including at CLE conferences, law schools, and bar associations. She speaks throughout Texas, including for the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, South Texas College of Law, the University of Houston Law Center, and the University of Texas School of Law. She has spoken for the American Trial Lawyer’s Association, Georgetown Law Center in Washington D.C., and the Hispanic National Bar Association, among others. She seeks to not only speak at CLEs, but also, if asked, to chair Continuing Legal Education programs. She has had the honor of   chairing programs for institutions such as the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, South Texas College of Law, and the University of Houston Law Center. A graduate of Leadership Houston, Leadership Texas, Texas Lyceum, and the American Leadership Forum, her speaking engagements across Texas are similarly diverse. She has served as a Keynote Speaker for Rice University LEAD; the Fourth Annual Leadership Academy for Women of Color Attorneys; the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston Luncheon; St. Agnes Academy Career Day; the American Association of University Women Young Women’s Summit Klein Forest High School; the Women Rock! Prudential Financial Initiative; and the UHY Advisors G.R.O.W. Initiative, among a litany of other diverse groups. Sofia is also a prolific author (over 120 publications since 1997) on an array of topics. Her publications include articles with the ABA Business Torts Journal, The Houston Lawyer, Texas Lawyer, The Trial Lawyer and The Houston Law Review on experts, an article with The Review of Litigation on mass torts class actions and ethics, articles with The Fifth Circuit Reporter (quarterly since 1997, over 57 articles) and with the Texas Tech Law Review (annually for ten plus years with limited exceptions) on business torts as well as a series of articles with the Trial Diplomacy Journal on the management of complex litigation. She continues to serve as the official reporter on business torts for The Fifth Circuit Reporter, a position she has held for approximately 18 years. She also serve as the reporter for the Fifth Circuit for the ABA Section of Litigation. Sofia has taught Mass Torts as an Adjunct Professor at the UH Law Center, and clerked for the Honorable Jerre S. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. She is a Former Member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee. She is the Editor of the TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION Treatise (ALM 2014, ALM 2015 & ALM 2016).

Representative Clients:

  • The general character of my practice has been a diverse docket of complex commercial litigation and multi-party proceedings in state and federal courts as well as in ADR proceedings across the country, albeit primarily in Texas. I am a commercial litigator that has obtained favorable judgments and settlements on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. I represent clients from all industries, ranging from entrepreneurs to multinational corporations with diversified worldwide business holdings. With the common thread of a business dispute, my commercial litigation clients encompass a wide spectrum—from entrepreneurs in Houston, Texas to Pharr, Texas, to Mexican nationals with investments in varied industries to a multinational diversified conglomerate of businesses involved in ownership of world class hotels, oil and gas exploration and production, and real estate development and ownership with interests in Texas, Florida, Canada and other countries. In essence, my typical commercial litigation clients are business executives and their entities. My native Spanish speaking ability adds international flexibility to my legal services, and my cases and arbitrations have spanned the country and the globe, particularly Latin and Central America. Represented Plaintiff in prototype commercial case involving a former distributor, and the creation of a competing business leading to allegations of claims asserted for breach of contracts (distributor and employment agreements), conversion, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference with prospective business relations, breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and civil conspiracy. Litigation reflective of state court litigation that concluded in federal court as a result of parties’ attempt to obfuscate payment by utilizing a bankruptcy proceeding to seek to avoid the execution on the judgment of contempt accomplished in state court. Represented Plaintiff in litigation against former employee, et al. for claims asserted under the “false advertising” provisions of the Lanham Act, business disparagement, and tortious interference with existing and prospective contracts (in the alternative) as well as conspiracy. State and federal litigation reflective of commercial and employment disputes involving proprietary confidential trade secret information, covenants not to complete, etc. Represented Plaintiff in a multi-party litigation involving fraud, conversion and misrepresentation of property in Puerto Rico. Federal litigation reflective of diversity of jurisdiction business cases involving citizens of United States and Mexico and transnational disputes generally. Represented Defendant management group (including CEO & CFO) in a breach of contract/fraud case. State litigation reflective of cases involving shareholder litigation against senior management and officers of a privately held corporation. Represented Claimant in business tort dispute between president of newly formed subsidiary and parent corporation. State litigation reflective of emerging disputes arising from innovative employment agreements between key officers and corporations which emphasize performance-based incentive stock option packages. Represented Plaintiff in a breach of contract/fraud/misrepresentation case. State litigation reflective of business torts cases where investment bankers are sued subsequent to unsuccessful mergers and acquisitions. Represented Defendants in a breach of contract/fraud/misrepresentation matter. State litigation reflective of business torts/"contort" cases in which all entities (corporation, president, etc.) are sued under a myriad of causes of action. Represented Defendant in a multi-party trademark counterfeiting, infringement and unfair competition case. Federal litigation reflective of the emerging area of trademark/counterfeiting infringement/unfair competition in interstate commerce, including transnational commerce. Represented Plaintiffs (thousands) in various proceedings in state and federal court throughout Texas in cross-border, multi-party commercial and personal injury litigation involving numerous national and international companies. Complex litigation reflective of diversity of jurisdiction cases involving citizens of United States, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, the Philippines, and the Ivory Coast as well as transnational disputes generally.   Represented Plaintiffs (approximately 1000 investors) in various proceedings throughout Texas in cross-border, multi-party commercial litigation and bankruptcy involving numerous national and international companies and law firms. Complex litigation reflective of diversity of jurisdiction business cases involving citizens of United States and Mexico and transnational disputes generally. Represented Defendant, a multinational diversified conglomerate of businesses owning, through its subsidiaries and associates, real estate, hotels and resorts across the country, in a litigation involving typical "contort" causes of action. Represented an independent oil and gas company in a business dispute. State case reflective of oil and gas litigation involving issues in core exploration and production operations in the Western Gulf of Mexico. Represented Defendant in multi party asbestos proceeding, culminating in global settlement resolving over 4,000 matters. Represented parties in peer review proceedings in a myriad of hospital systems throughout Texas as well as before the Texas Medical Board. Clients are traditionally physicians, surgeons or interventional cardiologists, as well as, periodically, a healthcare system. Litigated matters within several hospitals and/or systems, including Columbia Spring Branch Medical Center, Memorial Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Tomball Regional Hospital, and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center. Representative Cases List Available Upon Request.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Sofia is one of the "Top Latino Partners in the U.S." & one of "The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers," Latino Leaders Magazine; a Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon, Easter Seals Greater Houston Honoree; an Arrival Awards, Immigrant Achievement Honoree, UH Law Center Immigration Clinic; a Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation “International Award Recipient”; an “Empresaria del Año,” Sucesos & Solo Mujeres Magazine; a Women of Influence National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section; National Diversity Council Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas; a Greater Houston Women’s  Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Inductee; a “TBOY Blazing Star,” Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce; the  Executive Woman of the Year, Talento Bilingüe de Houston; Texas Executive Women, a  “Woman on the Move”; one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women, Houston Women Magazine; a Houston Chronicle, Channel 11 “Texas Legend”; an ABC Channel 13 "Woman of Distinction"; a Houston Jaycees "Outstanding Houstonian"; a Texas Jaycees "Outstanding Texan"; as well as a U.S. Jaycees "Outstanding American." She is also a Hispanic Business Magazine “Elite Woman”; a recipient of a "Barbara Jordan Legacy Award" bestowed by the National Council of Negro Women, Barbara Jordan Houston Section; a YWCA Woman of Achievement; and a Neuhaus Education Center "Icon." The City of Houston has recognized Sofia with a proclamation of July 10, 2004 as "Sofia Adrogué Day."

Educational Background:

  • 1988 - Rice University (Board of Governors' Scholarship; James H. Durbin Scholarship) (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; President, Brown College).  1991 - University of Houston Law Center (competitive full scholarship) (magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons; Houston Law Review (Chief Articles Editor; Executive Board)).  1992 - Law Clerk, Hon. Jerre S. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas and the District of Columbia.  2008 - Harvard Business School Owner/President Management (OPM) Program Graduate (HBS OPM 37); Alumna of the Harvard Business School, Keynote Graduation Speaker and U.S. Class Representative.
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Office Location for Sofia Adrogué

909 Fannin Street
Two Houston Center, 37th Floor
Houston, TX 77010

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Last Updated: 3/8/2019

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