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

Litigation Note – Is Administrative Law Really Litigation?

January 21, 2016

Business woman

At any given moment, our De Leon & Washburn attorneys are probably working on several administrative law matters. This could include handling a contested case hearing in an enforcement action brought by the Texas Department of Insurance, or helping a local business with an employment audit by the Texas Workforce Commission. Each administrative law matter looks a little different: different clients, different governmental agencies, and different issues. Most clients that come to us with an administrative law matter are not …

Litigation Note – Contractual Jury Waiver

November 19, 2015

Decorative Scales Of Justice In The Courtroom

There are certain legal questions that seem to arise repeatedly and in different contexts. One of these questions is: “Can an individual agree by contract to waive the right to a jury trial?” The initial response by lawyers and others alike often is one of skepticism, as the person remembers the idea that the right to a jury trial is a fundamental or constitutional right. But then the second thought wave approaches, as the person considers the fact that courts …

Employment Law Note—A public debate: the Fifth Circuit and the NLRB on class action waivers in arbitration agreements

September 10, 2015

Employment Handbooks

It is no secret that arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution methods have been rapidly gaining popularity in the business community. As part of the trend of privatizing disputes, many employers are seeking to pull as many claims as possible under the arbitration umbrella. This is typically allowed—and often favored by the busy courts—but occasionally there is disagreement in the legal universe about whether a certain claim or right should be subject to mandatory arbitration agreements. This is exemplified …