Top Latino Lawyers 2017.


After a national research of over 600 lawyers and more than 250 nominations, we're proud to present our list of the Top Latino Lawyers 2017.

These leaders are not only successful and have amazing achievements throughout their careers, they also care, are involved and give back to the Latino community.

We look forward to continue following them on their successful path and inspirational lives.

Benny Agosto


Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz



Benny Agosto, Jr., a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. He has been named to the Best Lawyers in America[R] list, the Top Lawyers list by Houstonia Magazine, and the Top Latino Lawyers and the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers lists by Latino Leaders Magazine. He has also been honored by the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and South Texas College of Law Houston. Most recently, Mr. Agosto was recognized by the Latino Learning Center and was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award in the Male Philanthropist Category for 2017. He is the Founder and President of the MexicanAmerican Bar Association of Texas Foundation (MABATx Foundation). He is also a former President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).

Damian Arguello


Colorado Insurance Law Center



Damian J. Arguello is one of the preeminent insurance law attorneys in Colorado. He rested on over twenty-five years of experience in the insurance industry when he founded Colorado Insurance Law Center, a private law firm and resource for commercial and individual insurance policyholders. Damian Arguello's insurance law practice at Colorado Insurance Law Center is distinguished from other lawyers because of his unique background working in the insurance industry. For many years, he has also served as personal counsel for individuals and co-counsel for trial lawyers involved in litigation where insurance claims are an underlying issue. In addition to practicing insurance law, Damian is also a leader in the Colorado legal community. He is a Past-President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, one of the largest minority bar associations in the state. For ten years, he has served as a guest instructor for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in Insurance Law courses.

Roberto M, Braceras


Goodwin Procter LLP



Roberto Braceras, a Partner in Goodwin's Securities, White Collar & Business Litigation group, has more than 20 years' of experience in white collar criminal defense, securities fraud and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Braceras, a former federal prosecutor, has tried jury and non-jury cases in both state and federal court, and defended a variety of investigations before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Massachusetts Securities Division, FINRA and other self-regulatory organizations. Mr. Braceras is ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, for his White Collar Crime & Government Investigationswork. He was appointed Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth's Judicial Nominating Commission by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and in this capacity, has helped the governor fill five of the seven seats on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Mr. Braceras also currently serves on the board of directors the U.S. District Court Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, representing indigent defendants pro bono in federal criminal cases.

Adriana Cara


Dinsmore & Shohl LLP



Cara is the first Latina partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, a 650-attorney practice on the Am Law 200 list of the highest grossing U.S. law firms. She heads the firm's Labor and Employment practice in its San Diego office, where her clients include both Fortune 500 Companies as well as start-ups. Cara also has significant experience conducting sexual harassment training, as well as workplace investigations on behalf of employers in connection with allegations of discrimination and harassment. Cara was named one of The San Diego Daily Transcript's 2017 Influential Women, in addition to being named a 2017 Super Lawyer and a 2017 Woman of the Year Finalist for San Diego Magazine. She regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, including The San Diego Daily Transcript, where she writes a monthly column. In addition to being a leading voice for females and minorities in the legal industry, Cara makes it a priority to contribute to the community through volunteer work and mentoring younger female attorneys and students in her capacity as an instructor for the University of San Diego Paralegal Program.

David G. Cabrales

Partner, Litigation

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP



David Cabrales is a renowned litigator with broad experience representing clients in government and commercial litigation matters. He represents financial institutions, securities broker-dealers, retailers, and life and health insurance companies in traditional and complex litigation, as well as in arbitration proceedings. David previously served as general counsel to Texas Gov. Rick Perry from 2007 to 2009, providing advice to the governor and the governor's staff on a variety of topics at the intersection of law and public policy. He also served as principal economic development advisor for the governor and helped administer the Texas Enterprise Fund, the Emerging Technology Fund, Texas One and other programs in the governor's economic development portfolio. In addition, Gov. Perry appointed David to the Texas Economic Development Corporation in 2010 and in 2014, and David served as chairman from 2010 to 2012.

David is actively involved in the Hispanic community, serving on the Firm's diversity committee where he advocates for participation in local, state, and national Hispanic bar events. He previously served on the steering committee for the State Bar's Texas Minority Counsel Program and has been a presenter at CLE events hosted by the TMCP as well as the Hispanic National Bar Association. David informally serves as a mentor, peer, and sounding board for Latino and Latina attorneys in Dallas and around the state, as others served in that role for him.

Al Cardenas

Senior Partner

Squire Patton Boggs



Al Cardenas is nationally recognized for his leadership in law, business and politics. He has served as an adviser to US Presidents. As a senior partner at Squire Patton Boggs, he chairs the Latin America and Florida Public Policy Practice Groups and is Deputy Practice Leader of the Public Policy Group. Ronald Reagan chose Al for his transition team, making him responsible for the transition of the US Department of Commerce. President Reagan also appointed him to chair the President's Commission on Small and Minority Business Affairs and later as Special Ambassador to St. Kitts-Nevis upon that nation's independence in 1983. Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush appointed Al to the Board of Directors of the Federal National Mortgage Association from 1985 to 1990. He also served on the President's Trade Policy Commission. Governor Jeb Bush appointed Al as a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University. He is a former Trustee of Miami Dade College.

Kristina Cruz Skidmore


Odin, Feldman, Pittleman PC



During what is arguably the most impactful time in any person's life, Northern Virginia divorce attorney Kristina Cruz Skidmore carefully guides her clients through their family law matters with zealous advocacy and compassionate listening. While out-of-court resolution is always her preferred outcome and initial goal for any client, Kristina advocates with poise, passion and legal acumen in the courtroom when settlement is not possible. Kristina has been recognized by her peers and by industry publications among the best and brightest attorneys under 40. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Kristina was selected for inclusion as a Virginia and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star in Family Law. In 2014, she appeared on Lawyers of Color's Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes early to mid-career minority attorneys working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners. She was also recognized by Virginia Business magazine among its 2015 listing of Legal Elite, a compilation of notable attorneys throughout the state who are under 40.

Alberto P. Cardenas Jr.

Counsel, Tax

Vinson & Elkins LLP



Beto represents businesses affected by America's immigration laws, and advises corporate and academic clientele seeking resolution on statutory and regulatory issues. He has extensive experience in drafting legislative solutions on diverse matters and in his state and local tax practice, assists clients with issues pending before governmental entities, including negotiation of tax abatements on behalf of newly constructed industrial and commercial properties, and industrial district agreements for facilities located in cities' extra-territorial jurisdictions. During the 109th and 110th Congress, Beto served as general counsel to the senior United States Senator from Texas, the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, advising her on judicial appointments, legal affairs, and legislative matters Building a better Houston is a passion for Beto, and he dedicates a substantial portion of his...

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