George B. Ward

George B. Ward’s practice focuses on business litigation, employment matters, commercial transactions, and insurance law.  He has extensive trial and appellate experience in both state and federal court. George draws on his trial experience to encourage efficient and favorable results, and he believes that the best settlements come from being fully prepared and able to try the case if necessary. George has tried cases in every federal district in Texas, and has represented clients in front of a variety of state and federal regulatory agencies.

A native Austinite, George earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Rice University in 2001, and his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 2004. George began his practice in the Litigation Section of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. As an Assistant Attorney General, he conducted numerous jury trials involving complex constitutional issues in federal and state court. In addition to gaining extensive courtroom and appellate experience, George served as the legislative liaison for his division, analyzing proposed legislation. After three years with the Attorney General’s office, he entered private practice in Austin with a large regional firm, where he handled a wide range of litigation-intensive cases relating to commercial and individual disputes, insurance matters, and construction. Mr. Ward joined the law firm of De Leon & Washburn, P.C., in January of 2010.

Education

Rice University, BA 2001
University of Texas School of Law, JD 2004

Awards

Super Lawyers – Rising Star (Thompson Reuters), 2012 – 2014, Employment and Labor

Community Involvement

Austin Young Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Austin Bar Association
Austin Young Lawyers Association
Texas Bar Association
Volunteer Legal Services

From the blog

Employment Law Note – Can Employers Address Unemployment Benefits in a Separation Agreement?

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When our firm is helping employers craft a separation agreement, we occasionally get asked some version of the following question: “What happens if the employee files for unemployment benefits after receiving the separation pay?” This is a good question, and one that raises a number of thorny issues. It is important to understand the relationship between separation payments and future unemployment benefits in Texas. As a starting point, it is important to keep the following ideas in mind. No waiver …

Commercial Litigation Note: The Derivative Lawsuit Demand in Texas

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Employment Law Insights: 2 tips for examining Title VII retaliation claims

February 4, 2015

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As an attorney handling employment discrimination matters, I am regularly asked whether a certain action will “look like retaliation”, and possibly expose the company to liability. I always welcome the question, because it is the right instinct for employers and HR professionals to be mindful of whether a given response might constitute unlawful retaliation. On the other hand, I have noticed that the fear of a retaliation claim can paralyze managers and sometimes prevent communication that may actually diffuse an …