About Ben De Leon
Ben De Leon is the President of De Leon Washburn & Ward, P.C., one of Texas’ most storied independent law firms. As general counsel to some of Texas’ fastest growing companies, he is passionate about helping entrepreneurs focus on the success of their business by providing strategic guidance and legal counsel. He serves as outside general counsel to various small to mid-size companies in all areas of business law, including compliance, transactions, labor and employment, real estate and construction matters, technology law and more, including shepherding several successful exits.
Beyond his passion for helping entrepreneurs, Ben is enthusiastic about service, mentorship and improving the community.
He began using his skills as an attorney to help others while a student at the University of Texas School of Law, where he received a Texas Law Fellowship for work in public interest and served as a student attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic.
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.
He received the Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2015, which celebrates attorneys who have devoted an extraordinary amount of time providing pro bono legal services to the low-income clients of Volunteer Legal Services, ensuring that poverty is not a barrier to justice.
Through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, Ben was a Big Brother to his Little Brother, Anthony, for nearly seven years. Ben was named the 2009 National Big Brother of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, out of more than 250,000 mentors nationwide. His mentorship with Big Brothers, Big Sisters has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Austin American Statesman, The Alcalde, and more.
He has been named as a Best Lawyers in America in the area of insurance law every year since 2015, and has been named a “Texas Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2011.
Additionally, he received the UT Ex-Students’ Association Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award in 2012 and was an Austin Under 40 Award Winner in the category of Youth & Education in 2011.
Ben is a board member of Communities In Schools of Central Texas, which surrounds students with a community of support proven to decrease dropout rates and increase high school graduations for Central Texas’ most challenged schools. Previously he served on the board for PeopleFund, which provides small business loans to established businesses, nonprofits and start-ups creating economic opportunity and financial stability. Ben also served on the boards for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Texas Exes, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. He was the previous president of Texas Exes Scholarship Foundation and the City of Austin Planning Commissioner from 2009-2010.
He graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a degree in corporate communication and Spanish and University of Texas School of Law. Ben is married to Shannon Lee De Leon; they are the proud parents of daughters, Anna and Winnie, and son, Henry. They live in Austin, Texas.
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