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

Termination for Cause or Misconduct?

July 5, 2016

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As part of our labor and employment practice, we routinely assist our business clients with unemployment benefits hearings in front of the Texas Workforce Commission (“TWC”).  The core issue in these hearings is usually whether the former employee (claimant) is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits.  When the employer is opposing the claimant’s request for benefits, it is often because the employer has terminated the claimant “for cause”.  Being terminated “for cause”, or for “good cause”, is a concept that many …

Litigation and Contract Note: One-Sided Arbitration Provisions and Carve-Outs in Texas

June 6, 2016

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It is no secret that litigation has become increasingly become privatized, with many disputes being resolved through binding arbitration, mediation, and other ADR processes. As a result of the increasing acceptance and use of these private methods, we are often asked to evaluate and draft comprehensive ADR provisions for our commercial clients. One question that arises frequently relates to the enforceability of binding arbitration provisions that are discretionary or partly discretionary for one of the parties. One example would be …

Litigation Note – Out-of-State Subpoenas in Texas

April 8, 2016

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When acting as local counsel on interstate litigation matters, we are often asked about serving discovery subpoenas in Texas. Texas is one of the few states that has not yet adopted or enacted the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (“UIDDA”). The UIDDA, initially recommended in 2007, is a model statute enabled by many states to create more uniform procedure for conducting depositions and discovery in other states. (Florida, Massachusetts, and Missouri are other notable states that have not adopted …