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Law-schoolYesterday it was with great pride that I established the William K. Berenson Endowed Scholarship at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. The gift is for $125,000.00.

I wanted to express gratitude to those who have made my career possible. I received my degree from SMU Law in 1979. Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, the perfect day to make my donation, and I just celebrated my 63rd birthday on Thanksgiving.

I did not receive any scholarships to SMU (only a few were available) and worked at part-time jobs all three years, sometimes without a car. Law school was a struggle.

After graduation, I moved to Fort Worth to work for a large law firm. However I enjoyed helping individuals more than representing corporations and insurance companies. I opened my law office several years later and decided to specialize in personal injury law.

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Why not?

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How can you possibly know who to choose as the best lawyer for your car accident? You can’t possibly review the qualifications for dozens of attorneys and word of mouth from friends and family or TV ads can be unreliable and incomplete.

Fortunately the Texas Board of Legal Specialization helps you make an intelligent decision.

The board tests and screens attorneys who want to specialize in one area of law. It whittles down 100,000+ lawyers to about 1,500 in the field of Personal Injury Trial Law. That’s only 1.5% of all Texas attorneys.

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My wonderful staff just surprised me with a card, balloons, and a thoughtful gift of a bicycle computer — guess they thought their old boss would need some help after I mentioned I’m riding 63 miles tomorrow to celebrate my 63rd birthday.

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Thanks guys — wishing you and everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!

As a 5th year Presenting Sponsor and a Fort Worth injury lawyer who unfortunately sees many drunk and drugged driving crash cases, I support Mothers Against Drunk Driving in its fight to stop this deadly problem.

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MADD is the only organization that provides victim support, judicial and legislative reform, technology research, and education to curtail drunk and drugged driving.

The Walk Like MADD is its signature fund raiser, memorial, and rallying cry. The atmosphere is one of sadness, love, and hope.

I always leave feeling like we can make a difference and defeat the deadly drunk driving epidemic that has inflicted our roads in Texas. There is no reason that we should be the #1 state for the number of people who die from DWI crashes.

It’s not too late to form a team of family members, neighbors, or coworkers. And I will match the registration fee in a donation to MADD for anybody who lets me know he or she has signed up.

The walk takes place in the Botanic Garden down the street from my office Saturday morning at 8:30.

Learn more and register here.

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Quote-1I just got this email from a past client that reminded me why I love to practice personal injury law:

Hi Bill!

Hope all is well with you and your family!

I wanted to send this picture along to you to say thank you yet again for all your help and hard work for our kiddos (the photo is her daughter standing next to a new car).

With the settlement A___ received , she purchased a 2017 Ford Focus. She is attending Texas Women’s University this Fall. The balance of the settlement will fund her tuition.

Thank you again!

D___ P___

Her family’s case

In case you’re wondering what she was writing about, my client’s two children were crashed into by a man driving while intoxicated several years ago. Both only treated at a chiropractor and suffered relatively minor neck and back strains.

I fought to get the children a total of $84,000 before a trial, with them receiving $50,000 after medical expenses that I reduced to only $6,000 and fees. The money was set up in structured annuities to increase their yields and enable a court to approve the settlements since they were minors.

This is an example of what we do here at Berenson Injury Law to get our clients the maximum compensation possible for their injuries.

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Mendoza-300x203It was a pleasure to be the speaker at the fifth grade graduation of the school I adopted many years ago and donate another five college scholarships.

My law firm has given the school 15 in the last three years since they were first offered by the Mexican American College Endowment (MACE).

The students won awards in science, math, history, writing, and leadership. They are wearing their caps where they want to attend — UTA, UNT, A&M and TCU.

To see the joy on their faces when they learned who the winners were was priceless.

By receiving these initial scholarships, the children are entered into a competition that ensures that they will receive additional college scholarship money if they have achieved excellent grades and met other standards.

You can bet their parents will frame these certificates and these young people will continue to study hard during middle and high school.

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Just in Time For Christmas!

Still racing arouDOG-2-300x230nd trying to find a last minute gift for your spouse or children? Want a unique present whose shine will never wear off? Need a new best friend?

You’re in luck. And so will 10 large dogs who are braving the cold at our North Texas Humane Society.

Berenson Law Firm wants to help our abandoned furry friends find a forever home. So we have donated money to pay for the adoption fees for 10 larger dogs (over 30 pounds) since they are often harder to place.

If you would like to find the perfect pet, go to the main shelter at 1840 East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Mention us at the front desk.

The dogs available are Cici, Hannah, Bailey, Buddy, Ledi, Sissy, Rosie, Trinity and two others. Their info and photos are online.

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We at Berenson Injury Law have the pleasure of representing the best, friendliest clients in North Texas. I wanted to take a moment and say thank all of the wonderful people who have chosen my firm to help them after their lives have been disrupted by an auto or truck collision.

And I couldn’t do this without my amazing staff. I’m giving them the day tomorrow so they can have an extra long weekend to spend with their families.

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Bill Berenson Injury Law announces that it has successfully obtained the total available insurance limits of $305,000.00 for our client.USE THIS GIBBS

He was driving in Decatur last year when a van without its lights on crashed into his older Mercedes. Liability was disputed, as the van driver said that his lights were on and that the Mercedes driver failed to yield the right of way at the intersection.

The man had to be rushed by ambulance to a hospital where he spent four days recovering from his serious injuries, including fractures.

use THIS CAREER DAY 2016This morning I spoke to five classes at Mendoza Elementary School. 

This is my 12th year Career Day as the school’s sponsor.

This is always one of my favorite days as I try to motivate the third through fifth graders and try to get them to dream big. 

I always begin by having the students fill out a worksheet where I ask them to pick from a list of possible dream careers, including doctor, business man/woman, artist, inventor, teacher, athlete — and yes, lawyer. Of course, most haven’t begun to think about this critical decision, so we talked about different careers and what they do.

I told the kids that they will need to make good grades in all of their academic subjects. I had their teacher confirm that on any given day, he or she might need to know a history fact or how to solve a math problem.

I also made the children promise that they will graduate from high school (there is a high drop out rate) and study hard.

I then had the children promise they will all attend and graduate from a university.

Heady stuff. These were life-changing pledges.

We talked about where they could go (many wanted to go to TCU up the street but several called out Harvard) and that there is a lot of scholarship money to those with the best grades. I donate a number of scholarships each year to these students.

I showed them my college diploma (which always excites them) and told them they could have one if they worked hard.

I asked the teacher if she has one, if she is proud of it, and if she could have gotten her career as a teacher without one to let that sink in.

I asked the kids to give their worksheet to their parents and talk to them about their choices and get advice from them.

I told them that they can achieve anything they want — if they really wanted it and they were willing to work hard.

I said that I had started working at 14 sweeping floors at a pharmacy (for the whopping sum of $1.00 an hour, the minimum wage), have never stopped working hard, and that any one who had a successful career had done that too.

I also reminded that that they had to stay physically fit, eat nutritious foods, and not sit too much playing video games and watching TV. Some know me from their after-school running club and that I love to exercise and that I am a vegetarian, so hopefully they’ll adopt healthier habits.

I think that my my message resonated with many of them.

In a humorous moment, one girl asked me if my career was being the mayor.  And when I told a class that I was an attorney, another girl said she assumed that I was “because I looked like one.” And at the end of one presentation, a young girl sweetly smiled and said “God bless you,” which made my day.

It is my sincere hope that I have made a difference in some of these wonderful children’s lives over the last 12 years.

And I believe that the community must do more to support its schools and help its children to insure that our future is in sound hands.

I believe that it is.

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