Lawyer Jesse Gonzalez named top legal leader in the Rio Grande Valley


RGVision asked and you answered. The community identified their picks for top trade professionals in the Rio Grande Valley. These experts are innovative pioneers in their fields. We ranked your answers to create a list of the Valley’s favorites, including the top legal leader, the top culinary entrepreneur, the top innovative medical professional, the top state representative making a difference in our community, and the top developers promoting growth of the RGV.


Top Legal Leader in the RGV – Jesse Gonzalez of J. Gonzalez Law Firm

With a lifelong passion for helping people, Jesus “Jesse” Gonzalez has been serving the Rio Grande Valley community with quality legal representation for 18 years. J. Gonzalez has received awards from various national organizations, like the Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for his firm in the RGV on four separate occasions, lifetime charter membership to the exclusive Best Attorneys of America organization, and has been rated “Top 3 Personal Injury Lawyers” in McAllen from Three Best Rated. Additionally, he earned membership to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group that only accepts attorneys who win million and multi-million dollar settlements. Not only is the J. Gonzalez Law Firm nationally recognized for outstanding service and results, it is a household name in the RGV, known for its expertise in personal injury cases. Learn more about the J. Gonzalez Law Firm by visiting or calling (956) 630-6700.


Top Culinary Entrepreneur – Larry and Jessica Delgado’s house. wine. & bistro.

Since house. wine. & bistro. opened its doors more than 10 years in the downtown entertainment district of McAllen, Larry and Jessica Delgado’s restaurant quickly became a local favorite. The fine dining establishment’s menu offers items like locally sourced, organic produce and beef, Compart Duroc pork, 100 different wines to enjoy by the glass, housemade pasta, and much more. Their emphasis on supporting small, locally owned businesses has helped build their brand to be the success foodies know and love today. For more information on house. wine. & bistro., contact the restaurant at (956) 994-8331 or visit the website at


Top Innovative Medical Professionals – UTRGV School of Medicine

After laying the foundation over 15 years ago through Regional Academic Health Centers in Harlingen and Edinburg, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s doors first opened for class in the summer of 2016. Providing the latest in innovative medical learning technology, UTRGV’s nearly three-year-old School of Medicine has made a name for itself in preparing a highly skilled medical workforce for the Valley and beyond. Visit or call (956) 296-1900 to learn more about the UTRGV School of Medicine.


Top State Representative Making a Difference in our Community – Eddie Lucio III

As a state representative for Texas’s 38th District, Eddie Lucio III has created waves of change for the best in the Rio Grande Valley community. Lucio has served since 2007 and has authored, co-authored, sponsored, and co-sponsored bills that have positively affected not only the RGV, but the entire state of Texas. According to his official website, some of Lucio’s most notable accomplishments include the development of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the UTRGV School of Medicine, providing children with special needs access to quality health care, and meeting the need for quality water in Texas. To learn more about Texas state Rep. Eddie Lucio III, visit


Top Developers Promoting Growth in the RGV – Rhodes Enterprises, Inc.

Rhodes Enterprises, Inc. has been committed to the Rio Grande Valley since the company’s creation in the late 1990s. According to its website, Rhodes Enterprises is currently the “largest mixed-use developer of land in the Rio Grande Valley.” Known for their master-planned communities like Tres Lagos in McAllen, Bentsen Palm Development in Mission, and Alliance River Crossing International Bridge Project in Donna, Rhodes Enterprises has set itself apart from the rest with innovative and efficient, yet aesthetically designed developments across the region. For more information, visit or call (956) 287-2800.