It was my pleasure to speak at the fifth grade graduation at the Rufino Mendoza Elementary School this morning.
I adopted this school on the economically challenged North Side of Fort Worth 13 years ago. I wanted to reach out to the community and support our children.
Today I donated five scholarships and have given a total of 20 to Mendoza students over the last four years.
To obtain one, students won challenging math, reading, science, writing, leadership, and music competitions. They submitted science projects, wrote essays, made speeches, balanced checkbooks, and identified musical composers.
When each winner’s name was announced, parents and family members shouted out with joy. One could feel that young lives were being changed and that their futures shone brightly.
Each winner was fitted with a cap from the school he or she wants to attend. You can see Harvard, Notre Dame, University of Texas, Texas A & M, Baylor, TCU, and University of North Texas caps in this photo.
The children’s desired fields of study were also impressive. They include environmental engineering, nursing, science, criminology, culinary arts, zoology, art, and computers.
Every year, I leave the graduation feeling that our city and our country are heading in the right place. Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world, as Nelson Mandela wrote.
I learned a great deal at the winter convention of the American Association For Justice in the beautiful setting of Maui, Hawaii.
Some of the useful seminars included commercial truck collisions, trial techniques, wrongful deaths, traumatic brain injuries, distracted driving, ride sharing crashes, and vehicle product liability law.
I have been working up 10 – 12 hours a day for the past few months trying to give my clients the best possible results and was happy to also bring my wife, daughter, and new son-in-law for a badly needed vacation.I exercise as much as possible so I can stay in the best possible physical and mental shape and on the day before the conference began, I rented a bicycle and was able to get in a long ride in.
Yesterday it was with great pride that I established the William K. Berenson Endowed Scholarship at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
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.
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.
I joined this select group of lawyers back in 1994. Continue reading
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.Thanks guys and 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.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.
I just got this email from a past client that reminded me why I love to practice personal injury law:
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!
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.
It 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.
Just in Time For Christmas!
Still racing around 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.