Sofia Adrogue went from an immigrant who did not speak English to one of the top attorneys in Texas.

Author:Trevino, Joseph
Position:Super lawyer

She has been called a super lawyer, a force of nature, "A Blazing Star" and one of the most influential women in Texas.

But the secret of Houston-based Sofia Adrogue's success is simple: "It is about a relentless pursuit of life- of living with passion; remembering that 'happiness is not an accident nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design."

The member of Gray Reed & McGraw has garnered settlements on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in countless complex business cases in state, federal courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings.

Adrogue is married to Mr. Sten Gustafson, their children are Sloan (20), Schuyler (15) and Stefan (12). She says that her goal is that her children concentrate on education, labor, faith, humility and integrity, proud that her adopted country (she is from Argentina) of the U.S. is a place where meritocracy and egalitarianism thrive.

"In the U.S., education is the great equalizer; I am such a product. Thus, for me, my greatest assistance has come from my family and the opportunities the U.S. has provided me."

Humble beginnings

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Adrogue arrived with her family when she was eight-years-old with her father, Horacio J. Adrogue, her mother Sara Oyenard and her four siblings- Horacio E., Soledad, Matias and Marcos. The family arrived at Boston Logan Airport with 14 suitcases and lived off of the father's yearly $5,000 salary he received from the World Health Organization.

"An outing at Burger King or McDonald's was a big family affair- a true treat!" she...

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