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 construction law.

Ben’s service-minded nature extends beyond his legal practice to his passion for improving the community. Since he was a Texas 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.


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

  • PeopleFund, Board of Directors, 2013-Present; Named Chair-Elect for 2016-217
  • Communities In Schools, Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • The Fifty, Member—Communications Chair, 2013-Present
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Board of Directors, 2012-2014
  • Texas Exes, Board of Directors—Scholarship Committee Chair, 2011-2014; Scholarship Foundation Board President, 2013-2014
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, Board of Directors, 2010-2013
  • City of Austin Planning Commissioner, 2009-2010
  • Austin Bar Association Member
  • State Bar of Texas Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow


  • 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


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

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

The Cost of Legal Services

June 9, 2016

Money sign

“So how much is this going to cost?” That’s the question I always hear from prospective clients.  It doesn’t matter if they’re large or small businesses, individuals, family offices, or trustees. And it’s a perfectly sensible question that affects the bottom line.  We require a retainer for all matters, which is not an estimate of the fees and expenses we anticipate a particular matter will cost, but rather is meant to secure payment throughout the representation of our clients’ legal …


April 14, 2016

Client Service image

When I first started practicing law, I didn’t really know what being of service to our clients really meant. (While my required professional responsibility class at Texas Law School taught me legal ethics—what we lawyers can and cannot do under the Rules of Professional Responsibility— it didn’t teach me the thoughts, actions and reactions of our clients, opposing counsel, or regulators, for instance.) I was more focused on the nuances of clients’ cases, and convincing opposing counsel I was right …

Is “Bring Your Own Device” to Work a Good Idea?

July 29, 2015

modern computer devices

Bring your own device, or “BYOD,” is phrase that has been adopted to refer to businesses that allow their employees to bring their personal devices to work, such as their personal computers or tablets, to serve as replacements for laptops or PCs provided by the employer. Rather than using computer hardware that is provided by the employer to access privileged company information through a company network, BYOD allows the employees to use their personal devices to connect to the company …