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Benjamin Kirke Sanchez

Benjamin Kirke Sanchez

Practice areas:

Litigation

About Me

Benjamin K. Sanchez is an experienced litigator, having represented individuals and businesses as plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil disputes. Litigating debt recovery cases for creditors and commercial/public (non-residential) construction cases for various members of the construction industry, Benjamin is known for his common-sense yet aggressive approach in representing clients and his professionalism and integrity in dealing with opposing counsel and the courts.


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My Attitude


     I am a true believer in faith, love, and happiness.  I have persevered through thick and thin with a positive attitude.  I do not expect that we can go through life without failure, but I aim for "failing forward" each time.  I learn from my mistakes and become a better person because of them.  I have made my share of mistakes, but after each mistake, I pick myself up and move forward!  I am grateful to my father for teaching me as a young boy that life is too short to waste time being mad or sad.  I took that advice to heart and made it a life philosophy.  I routinely speak to children and adults about a variety of subjects, but I always try to convey a positive message about hope, attitude, and achievement.


     I would be remiss if I did not include here a quote that symbolizes my life philosophy, by one of my heroes, President Theodore Roosevelt:  "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."


My Charity


     I have been blessed with a warm, nurturing, and generous family, including not only my blood relatives, but also the families of my wife and my stepfather.  My friends and family have always given me the gifts of love and charity, and I try to pass those gifts on to others.  I believe in helping others because it is not only the right thing to do as a successful professional in today's world, but also the moral thing to do as a Christian and the social thing to do as a human being.  I give of my time extensively, especially when it involves children or helping those unable to hire attorneys.  I regularly speak to students on a number of topics, including life as an attorney, the legal system in Texas, how to achieve success, and keeping a positive attitude.  For one of my speaking engagements, I spoke on the special meaning of Brown vs. Board of Education to three classes at Waller High School in Waller, Texas, as part of the Houston Bar Association's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of that landmark United States Supreme Court 1954 opinion that essentially ended the "separate but equal" doctrine of the Jim Crow era in our country's history.  The Waller Times, the local newspaper, was kind enough to highlight me on their front page.  One of my most cherished speaking highlights was being the keynote speaker of the Year 2000 graduation ceremony of my alma mater, Hamilton Middle School in Houston.


     I donate enough time to be part of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, an exclusive organization whose members qualify by going above and beyond the call of their professional duty in donating free or low cost legal services.  In order to effectively help others, I believe in being skilled and knowledgeable in my legal practice and thus participate in enough continuing legal education to qualify me as a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an exclusive organization whose members qualify by going far above and beyond the minimum annual continuing legal education requirements to maintain their law licenses in Texas.  The greatest reward for me is the sincere appreciation I get from people I meet from all walks of life and the simple knowledge that I adhere to the values in which I firmly believe!  In honor of the volunteer work that I perform, The Houston Lawyer kindly named me a "Local Hero" andprofiled me in its May/June 2005 issue.


My Hobbies


     With all that goes on my life, I don't have a lot of personal free time.  I don't have much time to watch television.  Annette and I watch American Idol together, but that is about the only regular programming I watch on television.  The occasional television programming I enjoy consists mostly of biographies, histories, political and government programming, and home and garden.  Annette and I enjoy going to see movies on the big screen.  I read biographies, histories, and law.  I'm a music buff and love to dance and sing!  Finally, if you've made it this far and are still reading, then you have probably figured out that I believe in self improvement.  Towards that end, I always have a few books and audio programming out for constant learning.


My Future


     While I do not know where God will take me in the future, I know that I will continue to love and be loved, help and be helped, and show and be shown that all things in life are possible.  The end of one era is the beginning of a new one!  Life is not meant to be passively watched as it goes by, but actively participated in as we go through it!  As Dr. John Maxwell, one of my favorite speakers, says, "Success is not a destination; it is a journey!"  I leave you with another of my favorite quotes:  "Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire," by President Abraham Lincoln.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Litigation: 100%
    17 years, 20 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-400/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Dana Karni-Ilouz

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Benjamin Sanchez for nearly a decade. Initially, we were opposing counsel on countless debt collection matters. More recently, we have consulted on a number of issues. He is a strong litigator, extremely well versed in Texas trial procedure.

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    Dana Karni-Ilouz Debt & Lending Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Edward James Kazaleh

    I saw Attorney Sanchez's work on a real estate matter I looked into and could easily see he was an effective and good lawyer. You would be well represented if you choose him. He also truly respects the Law and his Clients.

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    Edward Kazaleh Business Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Sanchez Law Firm

Houston Bar Center Bldg.
723 Main St., Suite 515
Houston, TX, 77002-3315

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199805/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Local HeroThe Houston Lawyer magazine2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerSanchez Law Firm2007 - Present
Senior AssociateLeyh & Payne, LLP2004 - 2007
Senior AssociateJohn H. Carney & Associates2002 - 2003
OwnerSanchez Law Firm1998 - 2002

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Creditor's Bar Association, Judicial Affairs CommitteeCo-Chair2013 - Present
Texas Creditor's Bar AssociationTreasurer2013 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Justice of the Peace SectionTreasurer/Secretary/Director2013 - Present
Harris County Democratic Lawyers AssociationDirector2012 - Present
Mexican-American Bar Association of HoustonRecording Secretary2012 - 2014
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee, Motion & Discovery Practice SubcommitteeCo-Chair2012 - Present
Mexican American Bar Association of TexasDirector2011 - 2014
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee, Emerging Issues and Distance Learning SubcommitteeChair2011 - 2012
American Bar Association, General Practice & Solo Division, Diversity CommitteeCommittee Member2011 - Present
American Bar Association, General Practice & Solo Division, Programs BoardBoard Member2011 - Present
Mexican-American Bar Association of HoustonDirector2011 - 2014
Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law CommitteeDistrict 4 Subcommittee Member2010 - Present
American Bar Association, General Practice & Solo Division, GP|Solo MagazineEditorial Board2008 - Present
Mexican American Bar Association of TexasImmediate Past President2008 - 2009
Mexican-American Bar Association of HoustonImmediate Past President2008 - 2009
American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral & Information ServiceCommittee Member2007 - 2010
Mexican American Bar Association of TexasPresident2007 - 2008
Houston Bar Association, Law Practice Management SectionDirector2007 - 2007
Houston Bar Association, Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession CommitteeCommittee Member2007 - 2012
Commercial Law League of AmericaMember2007 - 2013
Mexican-American Bar Association of HoustonPresident2007 - 2008
State Bar of Texas, Hispanic Issues SectionImmediate Past Chair2007 - 2008
Mexican American Bar Association of TexasPresident-Elect2006 - 2007
Mexican-American Bar Association of HoustonPresident-Elect2006 - 2007
Houston Lawyer Referral Service, Board of TrusteesTrustee & Chair of Membership Committee2006 - 2009
State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues SectionChair2006 - 2007
Houston Automotive BoardMayoral-appointed Board Member and Chair Pro Temp2006 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Hispanic Issues SectionChair-Elect2005 - 2006
Houston Bar Association, Board of Editors of The Houston Lawyer MagazineEditor2005 - 2007
Houston Bar Association, Lawyers in Public Schools CommitteeChair2005 - 2006
Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law CommitteeDistrict 4 Subcommittee Member2005 - 2005
American Inns of Court - Garland Walker ChapterBarrister2005 - Present
Mexican-American Bar Association of HoustonVice President2005 - 2006
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Pro Bono SubcommitteeCo-Chair2005 - 2007
State Bar of Texas, Hispanic Issues SectionCouncil Member2004 - 2005

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Creditors in LitigationVarious outcomes from judgments to settlements
Sims v. E Jordon, Inc., et al.Complete trial victory for heirs (actual damages, punitive damages, and attorney fees)
Net Matrix Solutions, Inc. v. Software Folks, Inc., et al.Dismissal of my client from lawsuit

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD1997
University of Texas System, AustinGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1994

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
STCL "Just Ethics" August CLEWhat are Reasonable Attorney Fees?2007
SBOT 2007 Representing Small Business SeminarWhat are Reasonable Attorney Fees?2007
Sam Houston High School Houston Intervention Mentorship ProgramThe Mentor/Mentee Relationship2007
MABAH Speakers Program - Cesar Chavez High School Criminal Justice ClassLife as a Lawyer2007
MABAH January CLEHe's a Super Lawyer, She's a Super Lawyer, Wouldn't You Like to be a Super Lawyer Too?2007
MABAH August CLEWhat are Reasonable Attorney Fees?2007
HMPA 2007 Career Enhancement SymposiumInterview & Resume Skills2007
HBA West Loop Area SeminarTaking an Equity Position in a Client: Business as Usual?2007
HBA Speakers Bureau Program - Stevenson Middle School Math/Science Magnet 2007 Career DayLaw as a Career2007
HBA Law Practice Management Section April CLEWhat are Reasonable Attorney Fees?2007
SBOT 2006 Annual Meeting and ConventionTaking an Equity Position in a Client: Business as Usual?2006
MABAT 2006 Annual MeetingTaking an Equity Position in a Client: Business as Usual?2006
MABAH July CLETaking an Equity Position in a Client: Business as Usual?2006
HBA Speakers Bureau Program - Reagan High School Business Law ClassConsumer Rights2006
HBA Jury Service Program - North Forest Trails Apartment CommunityThe Importance of Jury Service2006
HBA Jury Service Program - Memorial High School Business Law ClassThe Importance of Jury Service2006
Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity Speaker ProgramLaw as a Career2005
HBA Speakers Bureau Program - Memorial High School Business Law ClassConsumer Rights & Responsibilities2005
ABA Racial Diversity ProgramSBOT Pipeline Program Pilot Presentation2005
8th Grade Promotion ProgramKeynote Speech2000