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Late Michigan Latino remembered for advocacy work

By Kevin Milliken for La Prensa


March 23, 2012: The southeastern Michigan community lost a strong Latino legal, business, and social services advocate with the passing earlier this month (March 17) of 52-year old Rubén Acosta, a Detroit attorney who lost a 12-month battle with a malignant brain tumor.


Acosta was born in Cuba and was fluent in Spanish. He was co-founder and a managing partner of the Williams-Acosta law firm. He is survived by his wife Esther, and two young sons, Andrés and Rafaél Acosta, his mother María Acosta, sister Jean Mary, and brother Roger.

Rubén Acosta


As a business counselor and litigator, Acosta counseled and represented a broad array of clients in complex commercial matters and disputes involving commercial contracts, securities, banking, real estate, construction, intellectual property, land use, insurance coverage, personal injury, and business immigration. He also represented Latin American companies and citizens involved in transnational commercial disputes in the United States and abroad.


While Acosta practiced in many state and federal courtrooms, he also was known for actively seeking out alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, arbitration, and facilitation. He graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1982 and cum laude from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law in 1988.


Acosta became known as a prominent leader in Latino civic affairs, serving as the chairman of the 2006 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Legislative Conference where he worked with congressional and White House representatives to shape policy on comprehensive immigration reform.


Acosta also served several terms as a member of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors (MHCC) and also served as its general counsel. He also represented Michigan’s statewide interests on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, working extensively on the local, state and national level on Latino economic issues ranging from immigration reform to business development.


Acosta also volunteered his time to human services organizations that served the Latino community. He was a past board president of Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED), a charitable organization providing social services to the Latino community in Michigan. He also was a past chairman of the Sphinx Organization, a charitable organization dedicated to providing opportunities in classical music to Latino and African American communities across the country.


Acosta also served as legal counsel to SER Metro Detroit and Mexicantown Community Development Corporation. He was a member of the Detroit Metropolitan and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Hispanic Bar Association. He also served on the boards of various other local and national charitable groups.


Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Ministries Children’s Home, P.O. Box 336 Plainfield, IN 46168.



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