James E. Soto has dedicated his legal career to providing venue and a voice for the emergent Spanish-speaking community. Born in Venezuela to Mexican-American parents working in the Venezuelan oilfields, he understands the language and cultural challenges that many Spanish-speaking clients encounter. After graduating from LSU in Baton Rouge, he attended the University of Houston Law Center where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He served as a law clerk for the venerable Williams Hart Law Firm, and then later joined the firm as a lawyer where he diligently served his clients for over 20 years. In 2015, Mr. Soto joined forces with fellow lawyer Hon. Ana Hernandez, senior member of the Texas House of Representatives, to found the multicultural law firm of Soto Hernandez, LLP.
Mr. Soto began his legal career with a focus on Probate and Guardianship law. He still maintains an active Probate practice where he is certified by the Texas State Bar to serve as a court-appointed Attorney Ad Litem in Guardianship proceedings. He expanded his law practice and transitioned into personal injury, commercial business disputes, and labor law to serve the growing needs of his clients.
In 2012, James E. Soto was appointed by the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations to serve as an Abogado Consultor — legal consultant to the Mexican Consulate in Houston. He also represents clients from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Perú, Colombia, and Venezuela. He frequently travels to Mexico and Central America to counsel the families of foreign nationals working in the United States.
Mr. Soto maintains memberships in the Texas-Mexico Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Houston Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. As Chairman of the Board Emeritus to the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston — a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing computer technology education services to under-represented Houstonians — he remains connected with the community by serving as a frequent speaker to labor unions, Spanish language Christian radio and television programs, Spanish-speaking churches, and Latin American consulates.
Jim and his wife Charlotte Lashley Soto live on a cattle ranch in Dickinson, Texas where they revel in raising their teenage son, Gabriel.