Ben De Leon focuses on representing clients in the areas of real estate, construction and corporate matters. Prior to founding De Leon Law, PLLC, Ben was a partner at Richards, Rodriguez and Skieth, LLP. Before practicing at RRS, Ben spent nearly 14 years at De Leon Washburn & Ward, P.C. (“DW&W”), where he was named president in 2012. After focusing primarily on litigation during the first 10 years of his practice, leading plaintiff-oriented cases in a variety of areas, Ben gradually transitioned into an outside general counsel role for a number clients, advising them in the areas of corporate compliance, contractual matters, labor and employment, administrative/regulatory law, real estate development, financing and the like. Passionate about helping entrepreneurs focus on the success of their businesses, he has provided strategic guidance and legal counsel to a number of small to mid-size companies over the years.
Recognized as a community leader in Central Texas, Ben is enthusiastic about service, mentorship and improving the community. This is evident in his many volunteer roles. Among these, he served as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas from 2010 to 2013 and 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 media such as The Huffington Post, The Austin American-Statesman, and The Alcalde.
A native Austinite, Ben is fluent in Spanish and has represented Spanish-speaking clients pro bono through Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) since 2005. He received the Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2015; the award celebrates attorneys who have devoted an extraordinary amount of time providing pro bono legal services to the low-income clients of VLS.
Ben earned his undergraduate degree in Corporate Communication and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 2004.
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Shannon is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with degrees in Business and Spanish and earned a masters degree with honors from Texas State University in Education. Along with Ben, she has been a proud supporter of many education-focused philanthropies and organizations in the Austin and Central Texas area. A native Austinite, she is fluent in Spanish.
Shannon is a skilled communicator and takes pride in meeting the needs of clients with efficiency and excellent service. She manages billing, administrative, and client relations for De Leon Law.