Texas Watch

About Us

Texas Watch is a non-partisan citizen advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that insurance companies and other corporations are accountable to their customers. Since 1998, Texas Watch has fought for Texas families and consumers by advocating for laws that:

• Ensure accountability through our courts and guarantee our constitutional right to Trial by Jury;

• Improve safety for workers, patients, and communities; and
• Reform the insurance marketplace to ensure meaningful coverage at a fair price.

Our organization thrives on community engagement, providing a platform for Texans to preserve and strengthen their constitutional rights and protections. Take action for policyholder protections, patient safety, corporate accountability, and more here.  

Texas Watch Staff

  • Ware V. Wendell

    Executive Director

    Ware leads all legislative, political, communications, research, development, and administrative operations for Texas Watch. He first began working for Texas Watch in 2003 and has been privileged to serve the organization in multiple capacities through the years. 

    As Texas Watch’s primary media spokesperson, he is dedicated to giving voice to the need for public safety and full accountability through our civil justice system. In the face of a sustained assault on our life and liberty by corporate lobbyists, he stands for the preservation of individual constitutional rights, specifically the right to trial by jury enshrined in the Seventh Amendment to our Constitution. He has been quoted in leading media outlets on issues important to consumers and working families. Ware monitors legal developments that impact Texans and helps craft policy proposals that focus on fulfilling the promise of “liberty and justice for all.”

    Ware has served as the Legislative Aide to a senior member of the Texas House and Chief of Staff in the Texas Senate, enabling him to work on legislation of statewide importance and giving him insights into the workings of the Texas Capitol. He has testified before legislative committees more times than he can count. 

    He holds a degree in Political Science with departmental honors from Stanford University, where he was the recipient of the Thomas Barclay Endowed Scholarship. He is also a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Albert P. Jones Endowed Scholarship, and has taught as an adjunct professor at the law school for eight years. He has twice been named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star and is listed among the Best Attorneys of America. He served as a voice for policyholders at the national level as a consumer liaison to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and fought for the rights of Texas homeowners on a statewide task force on residential arbitration.

    Ware and his wife have one daughter. When he finds free time, he makes music.

  • Tori Sommerman

    Deputy Director

    As Deputy Director, Tori leads Texas Watch’s public communications and development. Trained as a journalist, her works have been published in the Boston Globe, The San Antonio Current, and San Antonio Magazine. Now, she tells the stories of Texas families and businesses through video, on our blog, and on our monthly podcast.  Tori also spearheads the effort to grow Texas Watch’s team of supporters. Executing multiple events a year and building relationships in local communities, she works to engage Texans in the fight for safety, justice, and accountability.

    As a key member of our legislative team, Tori elevates our presence at the Capitol, fighting for meaningful protections for Texas workers. Along with Ware, Tori sets Texas Watch’s policy priorities and messaging on safety, civil justice, and constitutional protections.

    After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Boston University, Tori worked in Austin as a Communications Intern. Initially joining Texas Watch as our Communications Coordinator and Digital Engagement Specialist, she has created countless graphics, videos, and podcasts, which have expanded the reach of our message across the state.

    In her spare time, Tori travels the state in search of the best barbeque.