For over 40 years, our attorneys have provided clients with unparalleled service in matters ranging from insurance mergers to complex litigation to real estate and employment counsel. Clients choose us because we combine exceptional legal ability and experience with the personal attention and collaboration that distinguishes our firm. We place a premium on clear communication, persistence, diligent research, honest debate, and community involvement.
We work closely with our clients to create a strategy that is decisive, comprehensive and achieves our client’s core goals. Today, we offer a wide range of legal services, including commercial litigation, insurance and insurance regulatory law, labor and employment, real estate, corporate regulation, appellate law, administrative law, government relations, and estate planning, trademark, and probate work.
Our attorneys are constantly innovating for our clients, while remaining focused on the core values instilled by the firm’s founder, Hector De Leon. De Leon Washburn & Ward has a long-standing commitment to the community through its work with pro bono clients, assisting nonprofit and charitable organizations, and civic endeavors. Our success is measured by the success of our clients and our community.
De Leon Washburn & Ward, P.C. was founded in 1977 by Hector De Leon, after serving as the youngest ever General Counsel of the Texas State Board of Insurance. From its origins as an insurance law firm 40 years ago, the firm has steadily added talent and expertise in the areas of administrative law, commercial litigation, corporate transactions, and legislative affairs services. A nationally renowned leader in administrative and insurance law, Hector De Leon has received numerous accolades and honors for his legal work and his work benefitting the community and The University of Texas. As the firm has grown, it has expanded its expertise to include labor and employment law, real estate, appellate law, and estate planning and probate.
Mr. Washburn joined our firm in 1983, when he was a second-year law student at the University of Texas School of Law. Over the course of three decades, Mr. De Leon and Mr. Washburn have driven a law firm that is unique in its commitment to its clients and the community. Mr. De Leon and Mr. Washburn’s lasting relationship, which is marked by respect and dedication to their clients, sets the standard for all attorneys at the firm. Mr. Washburn provides the firm with a wealth of knowledge and experience in several active practice areas, including corporate transactions and insurance law.
Ben De Leon, a Shareholder and firm President, joined the firm in 2005 as an associate, and quickly gained valuable experience in insurance law, administrative law, commercial litigation, and construction and real estate. Today he maintains an active litigation and transactional practice, while also managing the firm and remaining fully engaged in several community service projects.
George B. Ward, IV has practiced law since 2004. He joined the firm in January of 2010, after several years of litigation and employment practice with a large private firm and the Attorney General’s Office. As a Shareholder and firm Vice President, he helps shape the future of the firm, while maintaining an active commercial litigation and employment practice.
Athena Ponce joined the firm in 2012, after working for many years in the state legislature. A member of the Texas Law Review, she brings an unmatched level of diligence and persistence to each project, fully committing her skills to each client. De Leon Washburn & Ward is focused on providing the utmost service and best legal advice to its clients while serving the community, and continuing to be a fixture in the Austin community for the next generation.
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About Our Clients
Access Plans USA, AFCO Credit Corporation, Alexander Cole & Associates, Inc., Associated Truck Insurance Services, Associates Insurance Company, Capitol County Mutual Fire Insurance Co., CBS Corporation, Central Insurance Agency, Inc., Charming Charlie Inc., City of Rice, Texas, Classic Residence by Hyatt, Coldwell Banker Commercial Jenkins-Bernhardt Associates, Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company, Conestoga International, LLCEMDR International Association, Daniel R. Solin, Fad Consulting, LLC, Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company, Fiduciary Lines Agency Group, LP, Gallery Restaurant Group, LLC, Gamma Group, Great Midwest Company, Grimmer RealtyGumby’s Pizza of San Marcos, Insurance Premium Finance Association of Texas, Jeff Albrecht, Johnny Carino’s franchisee, Liberty Life Insurance Company, LongHorn Steakhouse, Mass Group Marketing, National Benefit Services, L.L.C., National Family Care Life Insurance Company, National Health Corporation, National Health Insurance Company, National Hispanic Institute, National Premium Finance Association, Panera Bread, LLC, Phillip and Laura McIngvale Brown, PostNet franchisee, Primary Business Systems, L.L.C., Prism Risk Management, LLC, Pro Acoustics, LLC, R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc., Red Robin Gourmet Burgers developers, Reel Popcorn franchisee, Ruby Tuesday, Inc., Rush Enterprises, Inc., Sam Walker, Santa Fe Insurance Company, Shorty Small’s, Southwest Insurance Partners, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., Texas Schools Property & Casualty Cooperative, Intergovernmental Risk Pool, Uptons Department Stores,Vince Young Steakhouse, Volente Insurance Partners, LLC, Weston Inc.—Bridgeport Properties, Wortham Insurance Group
Firm Practice Areas
- Administrative / Regulatory Law
- Appellate Practice
- Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
- Commercial Litigation
- Construction Law
- Corporate Law
- Employment Law - Management
- Insurance Law
- Real Estate Law
- Trademark Law
- Trusts and Estates