Admitted

  • Puerto Rico and United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • Texas A&M University (B.B.A., 1971)
  • University of Puerto Rico (J.D., 1974)

Member

  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • International Association for Insurance Law
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Puerto Rico Bar Association

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Mr. Acosta is an experienced litigator and has participated in many complex, multi-party and MDL cases.  He graduated from Texas A & M University (B.B.A., Finance) and the University of Puerto Rico School of Law (J.D.).

He has been admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Acosta founded the Law Offices Benjamin Acosta, Jr. and has been its sole proprietor.

During his over forty years practicing law, he has participated as lead counsel in several complex cases, including the Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire Litigation (MDL 721), which involved 97 deaths and 140 injured victims, over $2 Billion in claims by over 2,000 plaintiffs against some 200 defendants and resulted in total settlements of approximately $250 Million and a minor settlement contribution by our client after two months of trial.

Mr. Acosta also participated as lead local counsel for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the case of Pedro Rossello, et al. v. Brown & Williamson, et al., Civil No. 97-1910, which was filed before the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico to recover the health-care related costs attributed to tobacco-related illnesses.

Mr. Acosta also represented a property insurer in the case of Silvia Font de Bardon, et al. v. Mini-Warehouse Corporation, et al., Civil No. F DP2000-0609, filed before the Court of First Instance of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Carolina Superior Part, which involved 9 consolidated cases and claims in excess of $100 Million against our client that were dismissed by summary judgment after nearly 10 years of litigation with multiple appeals and a published opinion of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.

Mr. Acosta has extensive experience in the defense and prosecution of all types of personal injury and insurance coverage cases in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, including trials and hearings lasting from several days to months in duration.

Our firm’s clients have included major U.S. corporations and insurers, as well as local companies and governmental entities.  Mr. Acosta has also represented individual plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

Mr. Acosta has been a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, all three of which require peer review and invitation.

 

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