George B. Ward, IV
Rice University, BA 2001
University of Texas School of Law, JD 2004
George focuses on labor and employment law, business litigation, commercial transactions, and administrative law. He has extensive trial experience in both state and federal court, and he enjoys handling complex commercial disputes. George counsels his business clients on best practices to lower the risk of litigation and employment-related disputes, and to ensure the clients are ready to mount an effective defense if litigation occurs.
Commercial Litigation and Employment Litigation.
George has tried cases in every federal district in Texas, and has tried over a dozen lawsuits to verdict. He enjoys advocating for his clients and preparing well-researched arguments. He works closely with his clients to create a litigation strategy that is decisive, comprehensive and achieves the client’s core goals. George believes that the best results come from being fully prepared to argue every motion and try the case. When employment disputes and investigations arise, George draws from his substantial trial and negotiation experience to advocate for his clients in court, at mediation and arbitration, and in front of regulatory agencies such as the EEOC, TWC, and DOL. His commercial litigation matters often involve contract disputes, owner/shareholder litigation, and disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions.
Employment and Business Counseling.
George regularly advises clients on a wide range of workforce management issues, including hiring and termination, commercial contracts, wage and pay laws, Title VII and discrimination, retaliation, compensation plans, and corporate compliance. He also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance matters and executing corporate transactions, employing documents that speak clearly and protect his client’s interest to the fullest extent.
A native Austinite, George began his law practice in the Litigation Section of the Texas Attorney General’s Office, where he handled numerous jury trials involving complex constitutional issues in federal court. He then entered private practice in Austin with a large regional firm, where he handled litigation-intensive cases relating to commercial and individual disputes, employment, insurance matters, and construction. George joined the law firm of De Leon & Washburn, P.C., in January of 2010, and has since continued to grow his commercial practice.
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
Super Lawyers – Rising Star (Thompson Reuters), 2012 – 2017, Employment and Labor