Ben De Leon

Ben De Leon became President of De Leon & Washburn, P.C. on July 1, 2012, the firm’s 35th Anniversary. Ben has practiced with the firm since 2005.  His practice focuses on the areas of administrative law, corporate law, real estate law, labor and employment, appellate law, insurance law and estate planning and probate law.

Ben’s service-minded nature extends beyond his legal practice to his passion for improving the community.  Since he was a UT Law School student, where he received a Texas Law Fellowship for work in public interest and served as a student attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic, Ben has used his skills as an attorney to help others.  A native Austinite, Ben is fluent in Spanish, and has represented Spanish-speaking clients pro bono through Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas since 2005.  Through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, Ben was a Big Brother to his Little Brother, Anthony, for nearly 7 years.  Ben was named the 2009 National Big Brother of the Year by BBBS of America, out of more than 250,000 mentors nationwide.

Ben is married to Shannon Lee De Leon; they are the proud parents of daughters, Anna and Winslow, and son, Henry.

Education

University of Texas at Austin, B.S. and B.A., 2001, Corporate Communication and Spanish, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa
University of Texas School of Law, JD 2004

Community Involvement

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Board of Directors, 2012-Present
PeopleFund, Board of Directors, 2013-Present; Named Chair-Elect for 2015
Texas Exes, Board of Directors—Scholarship Committee Chair, 2011-2014; Scholarship Foundation Board President, 2013-2014
The Fifty, Communications Chair, 2013-Present
Austin Bar Association Member
State Bar of Texas Member
Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
University of Texas 1883 Council—President, 2012-1013; Past President, 2013-2014

Awards

Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star, 2011 in Administrative Law; 2012 in Business Litigation; 2013 in General Litigation; 2014 in Corporate Law
UT Ex-Students’ Association Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award Recipient, 2012
Austin Under 40 Award Winner, Youth & Education Category, 2011
National Big Brother of the Year, BBBS of America, 2009
Elected a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, 2010
Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award, 2007-2009

Publications

Rendering a Taxing New Tide on I.R.C. Section 501(c)(3): The Constitutional Implications of H.R. 2357 and Alternatives for Increased Political Freedom in Houses of Worship, The Texas Review of Litigation, Vol. 23, No. 3 (2004).

Time for a Change: An Analysis of the Substantial Evidence Rule in the Context of Contested Licensee Hearings and the Case for Amending Tex. Gov’t Code § 2001.174, Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2 (2014) – co-authored with Athena Ponce and Chelsea A. Walker

What is the Substantial Evidence Rule? (June 29, 2012), available at www.dwlawtx.com/tag/substantial-evidence-rule

Speaking Engagements

Career Killers, Justice James A. Baker – Guide to the Basics of Law Practice New Attorneys CLE Course (Feb. 17, 2012)

Practicing Law and Wellness, 2011 Texas Poverty Law Conference (April 8, 2011)

2009 National Big Brother of the Year – Anthony Goes to Washington, Metropolitan Breakfast Club (June 9, 2010)

Keynote Speaker, Westlake High School Chaps In Service Ceremony (April 15, 2010)

Keynote Speaker, Pflugerville Independent School District Leadership Experience, 2010, 2011, 2012

Keynote Speaker, Pflugerville Hendrickson High School National Honor Society Induction Ceremony (Nov. 11, 2012)

From the blog

Ben De Leon Honored in 2015 Best Lawyers in America

August 21, 2014

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The law firm of De Leon & Washburn, P.C. is proud to announce that firm president Ben De Leon has been selected as one of the 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the area of insurance law. Ben is honored to receive this designation by his peers, and looks forward to continuing the firm’s legacy of honest and effective representation and community service. Ben continues to represent a wide range of clients in matters involving commercial litigation, insurance regulation, corporate …

A Collaborative Victory: A Look Back at the McDonald’s Case and the Largest Verdict Ever in Brazos County, TX

August 8, 2014

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On July 30, 2014, a jury in Brazos County, Texas, took a little over three hours to award a record $27 million verdict against McDonald’s, a record-setting result which quickly made national headlines. I was the attorney of record for the Plaintiffs, William Paul Crisp, Jr. and J. Nicole Crisp, the parents who lost their daughter, Lauren Bailey Crisp, all too soon as a result of McDonald’s negligence. The Crisps were awarded $11 million by the jury; the Intervener, Denise …

Business Agreement: Should it be in writing?

October 4, 2012

When should you put a business agreement in writing? If you run a small business, you are making deals and agreements all the time. Frequently, the terms of these agreements are not set out in a written contract. In many cases, a verbal agreement works for both parties. However, there are some agreements that should always be in writing in order to protect your business. One of these is your commercial lease. A bad lease can burden you with unexpected …