Alejandro “Alex” Acosta, Jr. passed away on May 21, 2021. He was a partner in the Firm’s El Paso office. More information on his legal career is included below and in the Career Highlights and Organizations & Involvements sections listed above.
Alejandro Acosta, Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas on April 13, 1951. He attended El Paso public schools and graduated from Austin High School in 1969. Mr. Acosta attended the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at El Paso where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1973. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from George Washington University in 1976. During law school, he was employed by the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
Mr. Acosta has 36 years of litigation experience and brings strong trial management skills to the Firm. In 1997, Mr. Acosta was named one of the top civil litigators by the El Paso judiciary and the El Paso Herald Post. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1976 and the State Bar of Arizona in 1980. His trial practice includes commercial and business litigation, products liability defense, international, environmental and employment litigation. Mr. Acosta has in the past and is presently serving on national and regional trial teams that represent product manufacturers in mass tort litigation. He was formerly the litigation department chairman of Ginnings, Birkelbach, Keith & Delgado and a shareholder in the litigation section of Kemp, Smith, Duncan & Hammond, P.C.
In 1979, Mr. Acosta was elected President-Elect of the El Paso Young Lawyers Association and was awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1985. In 1988, he was elected and served as President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). Mr. Acosta was the first minority bar president elected to lead a state-wide bar organization in the history of the United States. Under his leadership, TYLA was awarded the Comprehensive Award of Achievement for the most outstanding Young Lawyers Association in the country. He also served on the State Bar Board of Directors and its executive committee from 1987 to 1989. He served on the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee from 1993 to 1996 and presently serves on the State Bar Judicial Relations Committee. In addition, Mr. Acosta is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council and the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Mr. Acosta has proven and dedicated public service to the El Paso community. In 1997-98, he served as President of the El Paso Sun Bowl Association. During his presidency, he led a successful effort to pass a rental car tax to support the Sun Bowl game and its activities. The Sun Bowl generates approximately $14 million for the El Paso community each year. He has been on the Board of Directors of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the local chapters of the United Way and the American Heart Association, and numerous other community service organizations. Mr. Acosta has also served as Chairman of the Board of Cathedral High School and Loretto Academy.
Mr. Acosta practices in the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group.