The business of law is one of the most important professions in our country. Lawyers bring justice to those in need and make sure that the rights and obligations of everyone are served. For four years Latino Leaders Magazine has published the selection of the top Latino lawyers that with each of their achievements, community involvement, and successful career paths are examples of leaders that work to bring justice in our country. With more than 600 nominations nationwide from lawyers with diverse backgrounds, from self-owned firms to partners in major firms, General Counsels and Judges, our committee selected those that are Top in their specializations, not only winning notable cases but also giving back to their local communities. We want to congratulate all the Lawyers that are part of our 2018 list and encourage them to continue fighting for the good and the just.


Hereunder you will find the selection of the Top Latino Lawyers of 2018. For the past couple of months our team has worked gathering information and researching over 600 nominations to determine the top Latino Lawyers that best serve our community. Key metrics include achievements and recognitions, community involvement and affiliation with bar associations.




Diamond McCarthy LLP

Houston, TX

Sofia Adrogue is a business trial partner with the Houston office of Diamond McCarthy LLP. A litigator for more than 25 years, she has obtained favorable judgments and settlements on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in a myriad of complex business cases in state and federal courts and in ADR proceedings. She envisioned and created the Texas Business Litigation treatise (ALM 2015, 2016, 2017) and Is the Chair of the Texas Business Litigation CLEs. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program, an alumna of the Harvard Business School, and received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif and Barons, and her BA from Rice University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.



Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend

Houston, TX

Benny Agosto, Jr. is a partner at the Houston personal injury law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, & Aziz. His areas of practice Include, but are not limited to, medical malpractice, work place accidents, motor vehicle and 18-wheeler accidents, wrongful death, business litigation, environmental law, explosions, electrocutions, admiralty and maritime accidents. Benny is active In the community. He is a past President of both the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas. He is the Founder and President of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation and is the Co-Founder of the HNBA Legal Education Fund. He is currently the President-Elect of the Houston Bar Association, and chair of Houston Volunteer Lawyers.



Jackson Lewis P.C.

Morristown, NJ

Gregory T. Alvarez is a Principal in the Morristown, New Jersey office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. He focuses his practice on employment litigation, including class and collective action cases, as well as employment law counseling. He is a member of the firm's Hispanic Attorney Resource Group and former Board Liaison to the firm's Diversity Committee. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and rated by Super Lawyers. He is the Legal Officer for the North Jersey Rockland Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. He Is a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, the Hispanic National Bar, the New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section.



Colorado Insurance Law Center

Westminster, CO

Damian J. Arguello, principal of Colorado Insurance Law Center, is one of Colorado's preeminent policyholder Insurance law attorneys. He drew from over twenty-five years of experience in the insurance industry when he founded Colorado Insurance Law Center, a private law firm. Damian represents businesses and business owners, in Colorado and nationally, enforcing their rights under their commercial Insurance policies. He also serves as co-counsel for trial lawyers involved In litigation where insurance daims are an underlying issue and as an expert witness providing testimony regarding Insurance law. In addition to practicing insurance law, Damian is 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.



Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Milwaukee, WI

Luis Arroyo is a partner in the Labor & Employment Relations practice at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and a member of the firm's Higher Education and Unfair Competition & Trade Secrets teams. Luis represents employers In a range of traditional management-side employment matters regarding protected class discrimination, retaliation, and disability accommodation issues. Luis has developed a significant practice focusing on employee defection and recruitment, including litigating injunction and damage actions relating to: covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, unfair competition, trade secrets, duty of loyalty, the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, and state trade secrets and unfair competition statutes.



Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP

Los Angeles, CA

Dino Barajas is a member of the firm's cross border transactions and corporate practice groups and focuses his practice on domestic and international project development and finance, with particular emphasis on Latin American infrastructure project financings, debt financings, and M&A. He has worked on transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and Yemen. He is currently a member of the Los Angeles office's diversity committee and has been recognized for four consecutive years by both Legal 500 Latin America in Projects and Energy and Latinvex as a top 100 Latin American Lawyer, and by A Word About Wind in 2018 for their Top 100 Legal Power List.


The Law Firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz congratulates Benny Agosto, Jr. on another successful year as a Texas trial attorney.

Mr. Agosto has been honored and recognized by the following organizations and legal publications:

* President-Elect of the Houston Bar Association, 2018-2019

* Top 100:2018 Houston Super Lawyers

* Texas Super Lawyers, 2018

* Top Latino Leaders Award, National Diversity Council, 2018

* The Best Lawyers in America[C], Product Liability Litigation --Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation--Plaintiffs, 2018

* 2018 Top Latino Lawyers List, Latino Leaders Magazine

Besides being a leader in the legal profession and generous philanthropic contributor who is passionate in serving the community, his clients and colleagues recognize him as an outstanding lawyer. In just the last year, Mr. Agosto has secured multi-million dollar recoveries in the following lawsuits:

* Hot oil burn victims

* Scaffolding fall/death

* Product liability death

* Paralyzed baby/medical malpractice case

* 18-wheeler trials (Houston & South Texas)


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Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP

Los Angeles, CA

Carlos M. Bermudez is a member of Akin Gump's corporate practice and has more than 15 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities representations. Carlos advises a diverse array of clients in matters in Latin America, the U.S. and Asia. He also has broad experience in corporate finance, securities and general corporate matters and in the corporate aspects of financial restructurings. He's currently a member of the firm's diversity and pro bono committees and is recognized by IFLR 1000's 2019 US law firm rankings as a Notable Practitioner in M&A. Mr. Bermudez holds a B.A. from Princeton University (1998) and a J.D. from Stanford Law School (2002).



Vinson & Elkins LLP

Dallas, TX

Manuel Berrelez is a partner in the Dallas office of Vinson & Elkins. He is a trial and regulatory enforcement lawyer whose practice focuses on fraud and fiduciary duty claims, contract disputes, trade secret claims, oil field services litigation, and other business torts. Manuel has particular experience representing financial institutions and their directors and officers during all phases of regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings. He served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before joining V&E. Manuel was selected to the Texas Rising Stars list from 2013-2017. Manuel is a board member of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation, Educate Dallas, and The Dallas Winds.



Bowman and Brooke LLP

Plano, TX

Yesenia Cardenas is a litigator and trial attorney. She defends, and champions for, the state-of-the-art technology of product manufacturers and their engineers. For over a decade, Yesenia has dedicated her practice to the representation of U.S. and international vehicle manufacturers in individual civil cases and mass tort multi-district litigation. Her professional ethos also extends to written advocacy through the authorship of persuasive dispositive and discovery motions the results of which have led to published opinions at the state and federal level, Yesenia also provides client support services through the development of litigation strategies, preparation of case...

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