Insurance Law


With over 40 years of experience, we are one of the most established Insurance Law firms in Austin. Our insurance practice began prior to the founding of the firm in 1977, when Hector De Leon was the General Counsel of the Texas State Board of Insurance, now known as the Texas Department of Insurance (“TDI”). We have a unique blend of insurance coverage, regulatory, and trial experience at De Leon Washburn & Ward. We understand the perspectives and needs of all types of insurance clients. The firm brings knowledge and expertise to its involvement with TDI. We rely on our established reputation with regulatory agencies to reach the most optimal outcome for our clients.

Regulatory Practice

De Leon Washburn & Ward has built a strong relationship with the TDI over the last 40 years. Our relationships work to our clients’ advantage as we understand the motives and rules that regulate the insurance industry. As a result, we are able to provide the most effective and efficient representation possible for our clients. We are equipped to handle all of our clients’ complex compliance issues, represent them in formal and informal hearings, help them respond to claims, complaints and inquiries, and provide full defense in administrative actions.



  • Insurance companies
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Insurance agencies
  • Managing general agencies
  • Surplus lines agencies
  • Reinsurance intermediaries
  • Premium finance companies
  • Third party administrators
  • Risk purchasing group
  • Risk retention groups


  • Acquisitions and mergers (Form A)
  • Registrations (Form B)
  • Company redomestications
  • Financial examinations
  • Market conduct examinations
  • Affiliated (holding company) transactions
  • Reinsurance agreements


  • Insurance policy development and form filing
  • Rate filing
  • Contested Case Hearings
  • Rules – Proposals and Hearings
  • Enforcement / Compliance Matters

Risk Management

We also routinely help insurers with their transactional needs. We have experience assisting insurers and insurance agents in all manner of business issues including business structure and organization, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, and forming new entities. We help insurers develop systems to actively avoid compliance and regulatory violations and help them develop strategies to avoid future problems as well as resolve current or pending concerns. We offer counseling and training and strategy sessions on areas of concern for our clients.

Insurance Coverage

Our administrative and litigation practices at De Leon Washburn & Ward are also well versed in the specific needs of our insurance clients, particularly when it comes to coverage issues. With over 40 years of experience, our firm is equipped to handle any insurance-related controversy including coverage disputes, bad faith, and extra-contractual litigation.