Benjamin S. De Leon

President and Managing Shareholder


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

Practice Areas

Real Estate & Construction
Administrative Law
Business Transactions
Insurance Law

Licensed Since


Ben De Leon has been President of De Leon Washburn & Ward, P.C. since July 1, 2012, the firm’s 35th Anniversary. Ben’s service-minded nature has led him to focus on plaintiff-oriented cases in the areas of residential and commercial construction, consumer protection, catastrophic personal injury, insurance law, administrative law, and high-stakes commercial litigation.

Ben is recognized as a community leader in Central Texas, and uses 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.

Confidential settlement in a case against a home builder under the RCLA (2017)

Confidential settlement in a case against a home builder under the RCLA (2016)

Achieved five (5) separate buybacks of residential properties for clients, via confidential settlements under the RCLA (2014-2016)

Handled insurance-based claims and acted as co-counsel on a $27,000,000.00 compensatory damages jury verdict in a wrongful death case, alleging premises liability against The McDonald’s Corporation in Brazos County (2014)

Substantial settlement for client asserting a healthcare liability act claim against a nursing home in Travis County (2014)

Policy limits settlement on car accident in which client sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported via Travis County STAR Flight to University Medical Center Brackenridge (2012); confidential settlement on client’s commercial underinsured motorist coverage (2013)

Confidential settlement on clients’ purchase of residential property in Travis County, in which clients asserted claims against various defendants arising out of the Texas Residential Construction Liability Act (“RCLA”) and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (“DTPA”) (2012)

Significant arbitration award for client on breach of his employment agreement (2011)

Confidential settlement that included an agreed permanent injunction against client’s former insurance agent in Collin County (2010)

Policy limits settlement on car accident in which client obtained significant injuries to his neck and spine (2007); confidential settlement on client’s underinsured motorist coverage claim (2008) 

Sat second chair on a $1,380,107.00 jury verdict in a case involving a fire at a strip mall in Travis County (2006)

*Results of previous cases are not indicative or promissory of future case results

Board Member, Communities In Schools of Central Texas, 2015-present; Secretary, 2016-

Board Member, A Legacy of Giving, 2016-present; Elected President, 2017

Executive Committee Member, Texas Law Alumni Association, 2013-present

Board Member, PeopleFund, 2013-2016; Vice Chair, 2015-2016

Board Member, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, 2012-2014

Board Member, Texas Exes 2011-2014; Scholarship Committee Chair, 2011-2014

Texas Exes Scholarship Foundation Board President, 2013-2014

Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, 2010-2013

City of Austin Planning Commissioner, 2009-2010

Member, State Bar of Texas

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow

Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star (2011-2017)

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)

Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award, 2007-2009, 2015

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