An organization that works to strengthen Latino communities has recognized Houston personal injury attorney Benny Agosto Jr. for his civic engagement.

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) recently honored Agosto, a partner with Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, for his leadership and philanthropic efforts in the Hispanic community, his law firm announced. Agosto was one of 30 people profiled in the March issue of Hispanic Executive magazine as “HIPGivers,” described by the editors as people whose stories “are a small sample of the generosity, kindness, and entrepreneurial spirit that binds together our families, our communities, and the Americas.”

The magazine highlighted Agosto’s role in creating the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation in 2005, which has raised more than $100,000 in scholarships for Hispanic law students in Texas. Agosto, a past president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, also co-founded that association’s Legal Education Fund, which funds minority scholarships.

Agosto also has contributed scholarships to his alma mater, Houston Baptist University, and law school, South Texas College of Law. He regularly lectures at Houston-area high schools, colleges, and law schools on the importance of jury service and civic engagement.