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BROADENING THE BAR:

Friends and Legal Partners Lead Change in Texas WRITTEN BY MEGAN SALCH

Change doesn’t always come easily, especially in the legal profession. But two friends have come together to form a dream team of change within the legal community of Houston and the rest of Texas. andall “Randy” Sorrels ’87 and Bernardino “Benny” Agosto ’95 were at first glance unlikely friends. Sorrels’ father had retired from the military and moved the family from its northern roots to Houston. Sorrels, who had planned to follow his father’s footsteps and attend Texas A&M University, was swayed by a college scholarship to play soccer at Houston Baptist University. It was there that he met the congenial Agosto, who came with seven other members of Puerto Rico’s junior national team to help bolster the university’s soccer program. In one year, the team had the best record in the nation. It was just one of many turnaround stories the two men would battle together. After college, Sorrels followed his interest in legal studies at South Texas College of Law Houston. At the same time, Agosto pursued graduate studies in microbiology but struggled to find his passion. “I was working with petri dishes, test tubes and stinky bacteria,” Agosto explained. “It was good educationally. I just didn’t see myself being in a lab for the rest of my life.” Sorrels agreed: “He’s far too much of a people person to be kept in a lab.”

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So, Agosto transitioned to teaching and coaching for the next six years. He enjoyed the personal interaction with students. Still, in the back of his mind, he felt strongly about earning a doctorate. He also watched Sorrels, who finished law school and began his legal career. “When I saw what Randy was doing, how well he was doing, and how much fun he was having, I had to make the change,” Agosto said. Sorrels’ encouragement of his friend to pursue his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree was the icing on the cake. While Agosto began at South Texas College of Law Houston, the goal-oriented Sorrels stayed on the direct path of his legal career. He began at Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in 1987 and moved to the firm now titled Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz (Abraham-Watkins) in 1990, where he became well-established as a double board-certified trial lawyer in both personal injury and trial law. He was willing to tackle tough issues early on and remained exceptionally focused on goals for himself and the firm. Diversification in the firm

When Sorrels became managing partner, he saw that the firm was not culturally stcl.edu

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Profile for South Texas College of Law Houston

InRe Magazine - Fall 2018  

InRe Magazine - Fall 2018