In Memoriam: Alejandro “Alex” Acosta Jr., 1951-2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alejandro “Alex” Acosta Jr., a beloved partner in BHDA’s El Paso office. He passed away on May 21, 2021.
Alex had a distinguished 45-year career as a litigator in matters involving a wide range of commercial/business areas, including products liability and personal injury defense, and international, environmental, and employment litigation. He was counsel as well as advocate, serving as a trusted and faithful adviser to many clients for decades. He was also a mentor to his colleagues, sharing his knowledge, experience, and wisdom, and taking great personal pride in their success.
Alex held multiple leadership roles with organizations including the State Bar of Texas, where he served as a member of the board of directors and executive committee. In the early years of his career, Alex served as president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), becoming the first minority 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.
In addition, Alex dedicated considerable time and energy to public service benefiting the El Paso community. He served as president of the El Paso Sun Bowl Association, leading a successful effort to pass a rental car tax to support the Sun Bowl game and its activities. He also served 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.
Alex was a friend to many, and he will be missed dearly. He had a commanding and charismatic personality, equally warm, engaging, and confident. His law firm colleagues will always remember the way he made each of them feel welcome, important, and valued, always enthusiastically investing in their development with encouragement and advice.
Our thoughts are with Alex’s entire family during this most difficult time. Our thoughts are also with Alex’s friends, colleagues, and business associates, who mourn his loss.
Services will be held at Queen of Peace Church on June 1, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. MT. More information on Alex’s life and legacy appears in his obituary.