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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.

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On January 27, 1982 I opened my own law practice after several years working for a large Fort Worth firm.

It’s hard to believe it’s been that long but the time as flown as I’ve devoted myself fighting for the rights of injured people, especially those who have been hurt in collisions with tractor trailers or intoxicated drivers.

My firm has occupied the same office in the River Plaza Tower on University Drive. Here’s a photo showing the beautiful view overlooking the Trinity River, Fort Worth Zoo, and downtown that I never get tired of. Good thing since the office has become my second home!

I decided to specialize in personal injury law knowing that it would be difficult and require a lot of work. I became board certified in personal injury trial law 23 years ago. I had practiced other areas of law but enjoyed taking on big insurance companies. I relished solving the myriad legal, medical, insurance, and financial problems that are caused by being in an automobile or truck collision.

In the last 35 years, I’ve represented thousands of victims, including several in high profile lawsuits like the Affluenza Teen case. I’ve devoted myself to every client, whether catastrophically injured or one suffering from a cervical or lumbar spine sprain, Each client is important and gets the same professional attention.

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Berenson Injury Law is proud to announce that attorney Bill Berenson has been honored as being one of the three best injury lawyers in Fort Worth.

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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.

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Berenson Injury Law announces that it has successfully obtained the total available insurance limits of $305,000.00 for our client.He was driving in Decatur last year when a van without its lights on crashed into his Mercedes. Liability was disputed, as the van driver said that his lights were on and that our client failed to yield the right of way at the intersection.

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

In June our client underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right shoulder.

This 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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The Walk Like MADD is an annual event that brings our community together to honor the victims of those who tragically lost their lives in drunk driving collisions.

There are exhibits, tributes, and a 5K (three mile) walk/run to raise money and awareness to end our epidemic of DWI’s.

As a personal injury lawyer, I have to deal with the carnage caused by intoxicated and stoned drivers on a regular basis.

Texas leads the U.S. in the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving — even though we have twelve million fewer people than California.

And the Dallas Fort Worth area is one of the most unsafe places to drive in Texas.

Did you know that just last year, there were over 5,000 collisions caused by intoxicated drivers in the four largest counties in the Metroplex — or a whopping 14 a day?

That’s inexcusable.

Our streets must be made safer.

That’s why Mothers Against Drunk Driving is one of my favorite causes and why Berenson Injury Law is the presenting sponsor every year.

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It was fun to see “my kids” at the Rufino Mendoza Elementary School this week. The school is on the north side of Fort Worth in an economically disadvantaged area of town. I picked this school wanting to make a difference.

When I went into the cafeteria, the children in the after-school program got excited, stood up, and shouted “Mr. is here!”

I walked around the room and said hello as they worked on their homework. I asked to spoke to the 80 children and told them how proud I was of them. I urged them to keep studying hard, make good grades, and graduate from high school (there is an substantial drop out rate). I told them they should also graduate from college and professional school too — that anything was possible if they really wanted it.

I encouraged them to start thinking about what job they would like to have later in life. I told them to dream big and never doubt that they could be an attorney, doctor, or anybody they wanted to be.

I also reminded them how important fitness and nutrition were if they wanted to succeed. Readers of this blog know that I am a fitness advocate.

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The National Trial Lawyers has again chosen Bill Berenson as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

This is an honor awarded to a select group of attorneys due to their superior qualifications and skills.

Membership is limited to the top trial attorneys in each state. There are almost 100,000 lawyers in Texas.

It was a pleasure to be the sponsor of the first ever running camp in Fort Worth this summer. The kids met down the street from my office at the University of North Texas Health Science Center to run, learn about healthy lifestyles and nutrition, and have fun. Congrats to Heidi Swartz, the hard-working executive director of the marathon, and her staff for starting this excellent activity.

I asked why the children liked to run. Their responses were wonderful.

Jaden, who is eight years old, said that “running makes me feel proud because I achieve my goals. It’s fun because you can race your friends while concentrate on anything I don’t understand.”

“Running makes me feel free,” Rebekah wrote. “Running makes me feel happy and I love to run for causes like cancer. My Papa died over cancer and it is upsetting. I miss him a lot and he loved to run also. I love that a lot.”

Melachi impressively noted that “running has helped me win because of my speed in different sports. I ran track and made it to the Junior Olympics in Jacksonville, Florida and placed 3rd and 7th in the nation.”

“Running means I can clear my mind, have fun and stay healthy,” Avery, age 11, observed. “Running is fun because you get to enjoy the outdoors and go FAST!!”

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