Sofia Adrogué

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Education

  • Harvard Business School OPM Graduate (2008) (U.S. Keynote Graduation Speaker (2008) and U.S. Class Representative (2006 - 2008) 
  • University of Houston Law Center (magna cum laude, 1991) (Order of the Coif; Competitive Full Scholarship) 
  • Rice University (magna cum laude, 1988) (Phi Beta Kappa; Board of Governors' Scholarship) 

Areas of Practice:

Admitted to Practice:

  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of the State of Texas
  • District of Columbia - Inactive
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Sofia Adrogué

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(713) 333-5122

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A commercial litigator for more than 25 years, Adrogué handles complex commercial litigation and multi-party proceedings in state and federal courts, as well as in ADR proceedings throughout the United States and abroad. 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 as well as in ADR proceedings. She represents clients in all industries, ranging from entrepreneurs in rural Texas to multinational conglomerates with diversified worldwide business holdings. She also represents parties in peer review proceedings and/or before state regulatory or licensing agencies in the healthcare arena.

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent ®Peer Review Rated and a member of Marquis' Who’s Who in America, American Law and Who's Who of American Women, Sofia has been profiled by a litany of publications, including: Texas Lawyer (one of Texas' Top "40 Under 40"); as a Texas Super Lawyer (a Thomson Reuters business) in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine; Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (a Thomson Reuters business); H Texas Magazine (Houston's Top Lawyers); The Houston Lawyer (Houston Bar Association) ("Houston's Lawyers are Houston's Leaders"); Intown Magazine (SNS Media) (At A Glance) & (Success In Business); Dinastia Latina Magazine (Achievement of the American Dream); Houston Woman Magazine cover story and Latino Leaders Magazine ("The Justice Professionals," "Top Latino Partners in the U.S." and "The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers").

Sofia is one of the U.S.'s  25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers and a Top Latino Partner in the U.S. (Latino Leaders Magazine); a Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon,  Easter Seals Greater Houston Honoree;  an Arrival Awards, Immigrant Achievement, Honoree, UH Law Center Immigration Clinic; a City Art Works, The Art of Conversation, Conversationalist & Honoree; a Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation “International Award Recipient"; a “Mujer Empresaria del Año,” Sucesos Newspaper & Solo Mujeres Magazine; and a "Woman of Influence," National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section. She is also a National Diversity Council "Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas"; a Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce "Hall of Fame" Inductee; a “TBOY Blazing Star,” Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce; Female Corporate Executive of the Year by Talento Bilingue de Houston;  Texas Executive Women "Woman on the Move"; one of  Houston's 50 Most Influential Women, Houston Women Magazine;  a Houston Chronicle, Channel 11 "Texas Legend"; an ABC Channel 13 "Woman of Distinction"; a Houston Jaycees "Outstanding Houstonian"; a Texas Jaycees "Outstanding Texan"; as well as a U.S. Jaycees "Outstanding American." Sofia is a recipient of a "Barbara Jordan Legacy Award" bestowed by the National Council of Negro Women, Barbara Jordan Houston Section; a YWCA "Woman of Achievement"; a Neuhaus Education Center "Icon"; and a Hispanic Business Magazine "Elite Woman". 

The City of Houston has recognized Sofia with a proclamation of July 10, 2004 as "Sofia Adrogué Day." Sofia has been chosen as a Texas Bar Foundation and Houston Bar Association Life Fellow. She is a graduate and Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum as well as a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership Houston.  Sofia is a Co-Host & Co-Producer of Latina Voices: Smart Talk.

Sofia is a frequent CLE speaker (over 125 speeches since 1997) on topics such as business torts, the selection, retention and use of experts, managing complex litigation, as well as joint ventures in litigation. She speaks throughout Texas, including for the Houston Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, South Texas College of Law, the University of Houston Law Center, and the University of Texas School of Law. She has also spoken for the American Trial Lawyer’s Association, Georgetown Law Center in Washington D.C. as well as the Hispanic National Bar Association. Sofia has chaired Continuing Legal Education programs for institutions such as the Houston Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, South Texas College of Law, and the University of Houston Law Center.

Sofia is also a prolific author (over 120 publications since 1997) on an array of topics, including business litigation, expert testimony, and mass torts class actions, for such journals as the ABA Business Torts Journal, The Houston Law Review, The Houston Lawyer, The Review of Litigation, The Texas Lawyer, The Trial Diplomacy Journal, and The Trial Lawyer. She publishes quarterly an article on business torts for the Fifth Circuit Reporter and annually for the Texas Tech Law Review.  Additionally, Sofia  has served as the Fifth Circuit Reporter for the ABA Section of Litigation. Sofia has taught Mass Torts as an Adjunct Professor at the UH Law Center, and clerked for the Honorable Jerre S. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. 

Sofia graduated from the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management (OPM) Program and became an Alumna of the Harvard Business School. She was elected as the U.S. Keynote Graduation Speaker for HBS OPM 37, ostensibly the first woman in the history of OPM, and U.S. Class Representative (Rice University News & Media). Composed of three units (2006-2008), the OPM 37 curriculum included courses in the following areas: accounting and control; financial management; management and strategy; operations, information technology and innovation; leadership and organizational effectiveness (including ethics generally); marketing strategy; as well as negotiation and decision-making strategies.

Select Publications (over 120)

  • Editor, Texas Business Litigation (ALM 2014-17 Publications) (First, Second, Third Edition & Fourth Edition (2019) Forthcoming) (1500+ pages, 20+ Chapters) For a preview, click here.
  • "Business Torts Update," The Fifth Circuit Reporter (Quarterly (1997-2016)) & Business Torts Presentations
  • ABA Section of Litigation Reporter, Fifth Circuit (Quarterly through 2017)

Select Presentations (over 125) (most with concomitant legal writing)

  • “Expert Financial Testimony in Complex Litigation,” Academy of Exchange & Judicial Studies, Bariloche, Argentina (Delivered in Spanish, Native Language) (November 2018)
  • "Practical Considerations in Commercial Litigation and Business Torts," 42nd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, UT Law CLE, Houston (November 2018). Click here to read more.
  • "The Art of Business Litigation: A Conversation (Business & Ethics) and CLE," University of Houston Law Center, Houston (October 2018). Click here to read more. 
  • Women in the Law 2018: Forging Your Path to Success,  Planning Committee Member,  Texas Bar CLE, Dallas  (March 2018)
  • Commercial Litigation & Business Torts Update, Author, Editor & Co-Speaker,  34th Annual Litigation Update Institute, State Bar of Texas (January 2018)
  • Youth Leadership Summit, Rice University, Co-Founder, & Co-Chair & Keynote Speaker (November 2017)
  • Texas Lawyer ALM  Business Litigation CLE,  Chair & Moderator & Speaker, Houston  (November 2017)

For additional information on Sofia's publications and presentations, click here.

  • Sofia Adrogué Participates in Houston’s Trade & Investment Mission Delegation Hosted in Argentina (July 2018). Click here to read more.

  • Sofia Adrogué Receives 2018 Humanitarian Award From Latino Learning Center, Inc. (June 2018). Click here to read more.

  • Sofia Adrogué Named a "Top Latino Lawyer in the U.S." by Latino Leaders Magazine (June 2018). Click here to read more.

  • Diamond McCarthy LLP Welcomes Back Sofia Adrogué as Partner in Houston (April 2018). Click here to read more.

  • Texas Business Litigation Treatise (Fourth Edition Announced & Forthcoming) Features Contributions From Diamond McCarthy's Sofia Adrogué As Creator & Editor As Well As Attorneys Across Texas (February 2018). Click here to read more.

  • Sofia Adrogué Chairs Houston Youth Leadership Forum with Hon. Sylvester Turner & Astros Pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr. as Speakers (November 2017). Click here to read more.

  • Sofia Adrogué Appointed to Houston First Corporation Board of Directors (August 2017). Click here to read more.

  • Sofia Adrogué Named 2017 Laureates Award Honoree by Rice University (May 2017). Click here to read more.

  • Sofia Adrogué Named a "Top Latino Partner in the U.S." by Latino Leaders Magazine (January 2017). Click here to read more.

  • Diamond McCarthy Partner, Sofia Adrogué, recognized as one of "The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers," in Latino Leaders Magazine (January 2016).  Click here to access the article.

  • Diamond McCarthy Partner, Sofia Adrogué, featured in "The Women's Issue," Latino Leaders Magazine (April/May 2009). Click here to access the article.
  • Diamond McCarthy Partner, Sofia Adrogué, featured in the Houston Chronicle's "Women on the Move" article (October 2008). Click here to access the article.
  • Diamond McCarthy Partner, Sofia Adrogué, recognized in Houston Woman Magazine as one of Houston's 50 Most Influential Women (July 2008). Click here to access the article.
  • Diamond McCarthy Partner, Sofia Adrogué, featured in La Voz de Houston Magazine (February 2008). Click here to access the article in Spanish.
  • Diamond McCarthy Partner, Sofia Adrogué, featured as the cover story in Houston Woman Magazine (May 2007)Click here to access the article.
  • Diamond McCarthy Partner, Sofia Adrogué, featured in Houston In Town's "At a Glance" article (December 2005). Click here to access the article. 

For additional information on Sofia's representative cases, click here.

  • Represented Plaintiff in a multi-party litigation involving fraud, conversion and misrepresentation of property in Puerto Rico. Federal litigation reflective of diversity of jurisdiction business cases involving citizens of United States and Mexico and transnational disputes generally.
  • Represented Defendant management group (including CEO & CFO) in a breach of contract/fraud case. State litigation reflective of cases involving shareholder litigation against senior management and officers of a privately held corporation.
  • Represented Claimant in business tort dispute between president of newly formed subsidiary and parent corporation. State litigation reflective of emerging disputes arising from innovative employment agreements between key officers and corporations which emphasize performance-based incentive stock option packages.
  • Represented Plaintiff in a breach of contract/fraud/misrepresentation case. State litigation reflective of business torts cases where investment bankers are sued subsequent to unsuccessful mergers and acquisitions.
  • Represented Defendants in a breach of contract/fraud/misrepresentation matter. State litigation reflective of business torts/"contort" cases in which all entities (corporation, president, etc.) are sued under a myriad of causes of action.
  • Represented Defendant in a multi-party trademark counterfeiting, infringement and unfair competition case. Federal litigation reflective of the emerging area of trademark/counterfeiti ng infringement/unfair competition in interstate commerce, including transnational commerce.
  • Represented Plaintiffs (thousands) in various proceedings in state and federal court throughout Texas in cross-border, multi-party commercial and personal injury litigation involving numerous national and international companies. Complex litigation reflective of diversity of jurisdiction cases involving citizens of United States, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, the Philippines, and the Ivory Coast as well as transnational disputes generally.
  • Represented Plaintiffs (approximately 1000 investors) in various proceedings throughout Texas in cross-border, multi-party commercial litigation and bankruptcy involving numerous national and international companies and law firms. Complex litigation reflective of diversity of jurisdiction business cases involving citizens of United States and Mexico and transnational disputes generally.
  • Represented Defendant, a multinational diversified conglomerate of businesses owning, through its subsidiaries and associates, real estate, hotels and resorts across the country, in a litigation involving typical "contort" causes of action.
  • Represented an independent oil and gas company in a business dispute. State case reflective of oil and gas litigation involving issues in core exploration and production operations in the Western Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented Defendant in multi party asbestos proceeding, culminating in global settlement resolving over 4,000 matters.
  • Latino Learning Center, Inc. Humanitarian Award (Helping Hands) (2018)
  • “Top Latino Partners in the U.S.” Latino Leaders Magazine  (2015-17)
  • Meritorious Service Award, Rice University, Laureates Recognition, Houston (2017)
  • “Top Latino Partners in the U.S.” & "The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers,” Latino Leaders Magazine (2015-16)
  • ALM & Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer, Litigation (2014-16)
  • ALM & Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer, Appellate Law (2013-16)
  • “Texas Super Lawyer,” Texas Monthly Magazine (2007-09; 2014-16)
  •  “Texas Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-10; 2014-16)
  • “Houston's Top Lawyer,” H Texas Magazine (2006-16)
  • 2014 Arrival Awards, Immigrant Achievement Honoree, UH Law Center Immigration Clinic (2014)
  • Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon, Easter Seals Greater Houston, Honoree, Houston (March 2014)
  • City Art Works, The Art of Conversation, Conversationalist & Honoree, Houston (November 2013)
  • Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation “International Award Recipient” (2013)
  • “Mujer Empresaria del Año,” Sucesos Newspaper & Solo Mujeres Magazine (2013)
  • “Women of Influence,” National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section (2012)
  • National Diversity Council,  “Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas”  (2011)
  • Greater Houston Women’s Chamber “Hall of Fame” Inductee (2010)
  • TBOY “Blazing Star”  Women’s Chamber of Commerce Texas (2009)
  • “Executive Woman of the Year,” Talento Bilingue de Houston (2009)
  • “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women,” Houston Women Magazine (2008)
  • Texas Executive Women, “Woman on the Move” (2008)
  • “Texas Spirit/Legend,” The Houston Chronicle & KHOU-TV (2007)
  • Top 20 “Elite” Women, Hispanic Business Magazine (2007)
  • “Houston's Professional on the Fast Track,” H Texas Magazine (2005)
  • “Texas Rising Star,” Texas Monthly Magazine (2005)
  • “10 Outstanding Young Americans,” U.S. Jaycees (2005)
  • YWCA “Woman of Achievement” (2005)
  • Neuhaus Education Center “Icon” (2005)
  • “Women of Distinction,”  ABC Channel 13 (2005)
  • Barbara Jordan Legacy Award, National Council of Negro Women, Barbara Jordan Houston Section (2004)
  • City of Houston Proclamation, “Sofia Adrogué Day” (July 10, 2004)
  • “Five Outstanding Young Houstonians,” Texas Jaycees (2002)
  • “Five Outstanding Young Texans,” Texas Jaycees (2002)
  • Texas' Top "40 Under 40,” Texas Lawyer (2001)
  • Houston’s Lawyers are Houston’s Leaders, The Houston Lawyer (2001)
  • Houston Bar Foundation  & Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Leadership Houston (Class XVIII); Leadership Texas (1999) & American Leadership Forum (Class XX)
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law & Who’s Who of American Women (1999)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent ®Peer Review Rated
  • A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, Mediation Training Certificate
  • Alumni Association of Rice University, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • American Leadership Forum, Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter, Former Member of Board of Directors, Chair Selection Committee and Fellow 
  • Girls, Inc. of Greater Houston, Former Advisory Board Member & Former President & Chair and Gala Chair
  • Holocaust Museum Houston Latino, Former Advisory Member
  • Houston BARC Foundation Board of Directors
  • Houston Downtown Alliance's Heart of the City Gala, Co-Chair
  • Houston First Corporation, Board Member
  • Houston Law Review Alumni, Former President & Member, Board of Directors
  • Houston Symphony Hispanic Leadership Council, Former Member
  • Latina Voices: Smart Talk, Co-Host & Co-Producer (100+ shows)
  • Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Foundation, Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Merit Selection Panel for U.S. Magistrate Former Member
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Former Member, Board of Trustees & Chair, Inaugural MFAH Latin American Arts Gala 
  • RICE-TMS, Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Theatre Under The Stars, Former Advisory Board Member & Former Board of Trustee & Gala Chair
  • The Chinquapin School, Member, Advisory Board of Directors
  • United Way of Greater houston, Former Member, Board of Trustees
  • UH Law Center Alumni, Former Member, Board of Directors 
  • UH Law Center Immigration Clinic, Advisory Board Member
  • Youth Leadership Forum, Rice University, Co-Founder & Co-Chair