Benjamin K. Sanchez

Benjamin is an experienced litigator, having represented businesses and individuals as plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil disputes.  After starting his career in 1998 as a solo practitioner (spending two years in Houston and another two years in Dallas), Benjamin joined a six-attorney litigation firm in Dallas in 2002 and quickly became its Senior Associate.  Upon returning to Houston in 2004, Benjamin joined an eight-attorney litigation firm, again quickly becoming its Senior Associate.  Benjamin rose the ranks in both firms because of results, not age or experience!

In March 2007, Benjamin re-opened his own practice.  Litigating debt recovery cases for creditors and commercial and public construction cases for various members of the construction industry, Benjamin is known for his common-sense yet aggressive approach in representing clients and his professionalism and integrity in dealing with opposing counsel and the courts.  Benjamin not only is trial-tested but also understands most cases are over before ever reaching trial.  Therefore, Benjamin uses pre-trial maneuvers to maximize each client’s position and minimize costs.

Benjamin also is a leader within the legal community and at large.  From holding positions of leadership within bar associations to being appointed by Mayor White to sit on the Houston Automotive Board, Benjamin has been entrusted to lead others.  Benjamin also is a frequent lecturer, author, teacher, and motivational speaker.

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BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas (1998)
  • United States District & Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas (1999)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas (2001)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas (2005)
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (2004)
  • United States Supreme Court (2004)

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LEGAL EMPLOYMENT

  • Sanchez Law Firm, Houston, Texas, Owner, 2007-PresentLitigates debt recovery cases in civil and probate courts and commercial and public construction cases on behalf of business clients, while occasionally taking consumer protection cases on behalf of individuals.
  • Leyh & Payne, LLP, Houston, Texas, Senior Associate, 2004-2007Litigated commercial, construction, probate, and consumer cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.  Represented (1) subcontractors, general contractors, and sureties in commercial and public construction cases, (2) commercial lenders, home mortgage companies, and collection firms involved in commercial and consumer litigation, and (3) corporate creditors and lending institutions in probate matters.
  • John H. Carney & Associates, Dallas, Texas, Senior Associate, 2002-2003Litigated commercial, insurance bad faith, personal injury, and family law cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.  Managed all phases of litigation, from initial client meetings and fact investigation to discovery and motion practice and lastly to mediation and trial.
  • Sanchez Law Firm, Houston & Dallas, Texas, Owner, 1998-2002Litigated commercial, insurance bad faith, personal injury, consumer protection, and family law cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.  Advised and represented small businesses as general counsel.

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EDUCATION

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), December 1997Honors
    Judge Criss Cole Award
    Dean’s Scholar
    Hispanic Bar Association’s Judge James de Anda Scholarship
    Board of Advocates’ Advocate of the Year
    Hispanic Law Students Association’s Outstanding Member Award
    Best Brief in Legal Writing Section
    Outstanding Achievement Award in Legal Research SectionActivities
    Member of UHLC Moot Court Team
    Editor-in-Chief of Legalese, UHLC’s Official Student Newspaper
    Research Assistant for Associate Dean Richard M. Alderman’s Alderman’s Texas Consumer and Commercial Laws Annotated, Shephards/McGraw-Hill, 1996
    Pupil Member of A.A. White Inn of American Inns of Court
    Executive Justice of Finance and Membership of UHLC Board of Advocates
    Technical Advisor to Houston Bar Association International Law Section Newsletter
    Student Member of UHLC Legal Information Technology Committee
    Founder/President of UHLC Student Chapter of Texas Trial Lawyers Association
    President of UHLC Computer Law Association
    Treasurer/Parliamentarian of UHLC Hispanic Law Students Association
    Member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
    Successful participant in mock trial and moot court competitions
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, Bachelor of Arts in Government (BA), May 1994Honors
    University of Texas Achievement Award
    University of Texas Presidential Scholarship

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PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS – NATIONAL

  • American Bar AssociationStanding Committee on Lawyer Referral & Information Service
    – Appointed by ABA President to serve on Committee for three-year term, 2007-2010Section of Litigation
    – Co-Chairman of Pro Bono Subcommittee of Trial Practice & Procedure Committee, 2005-2007General Practice & Solo Division
    – Editorial Board Member of GP|Solo Magazine, 2008-Present
  • American Inns of CourtGarland R. Walker American Inn of Court
    – Barrister, 2004-PresentA.A. White Inn of Court
    – Pupil, 1996-1998
    – Associate, 1998-2001
  • Commercial Law League of America
    – Member, 2007-Present
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
    – Member, 1998-Present

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS – STATE

  • State Bar of TexasHispanic Issues Section
    – Section Council, 2004-2005
    – Chair-Elect, 2005-2006
    – Chair, 2006-2007
    – Immediate Past Chair, 2007-2008Law Practice Management Program
    – Law Office Management Institute Graduate, 2001-2002
  • Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
    – Appointed as Member of District 4 Subcommittee, 2005
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Texas
    – President-Elect, 2006-2007
    – President, 2007-2008
    – Immediate Past President, 2008-Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
    – Member, 2002-Present
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
    – Member, 2001-Present

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS – LOCAL

  • Houston Bar AssociationLawyers in Public Schools Committee
    – Member, 2004-Present
    – Chair, 2005-2006Speakers Bureau Committee
    – Member, 2005-PresentMinority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee
    – Member, 2007-Present

    Editorial Board of The Houston Lawyer Magazine
    – Member, 2005-2008

    Law Practice Management Section
    – Director, 2007-2008

  • Houston Lawyer Referral Service Board of Trustees
    – Member, 2006-Present
    – PEC Taskforce, 2006-Present
    – Membership Committee Chair, 2007-Present
  • Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston
    – Vice-President, 2005-2006
    – President-Elect, 2006-2007
    – President, 2007-2008
    – Immediate Past President, 2008-Present
  • Houston Hispanic Bar Association
    – Member, 1998-Present

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PUBLIC SERVICE

  • Houston Automotive Board
    – Member, 2006-Present (appointed by Houston Mayor Bill White)

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SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS WRITTEN BY BENJAMIN

  • “Owning Equity in a Client: Business as Usual?”, Corporate Counsel Review, South Texas College of Law, November 2007

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ARTICLES WRITTEN BY BENJAMIN

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ARTICLES WRITTEN ABOUT BENJAMIN

  • Local Heroes: Benjamin K. Sanchez, The Houston Lawyer, Vol. 42 No. 6, May/June 2005
  • “HBA and Waller ISD Celebrate Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary”, Waller County News Citizen, 2004

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