About Us

Texas Watch is a non-partisan citizen advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that corporations and insurance companies are accountable to their customers. We provide a platform for Texans to get involved in the legislative process through grassroots advocacy, allowing our thousands of activists across the state to make their voices heard to preserve and strengthen their constitutional rights and protections. We strive to provide a counter to special interest lobbyists and ensure Texas laws reflect the true needs of Texas families and consumers.

We believe the Constitution protects individual rights and liberties.  We believe corporations and insurance companies should be accountable to their customers.  And, we believe that citizens have a right and duty to participate in the legislative process.

We advocate for laws that:

  • Ensure accountability through our courts and guarantee our constitutional right to Trial by Jury,
  • Reform the insurance marketplace to ensure decent coverage at a fair price,
  • Strengthen safeguards for children and seniors,
  • Improve safety for workers, patients, and communities, and
  • Level the playing field for homeowners and small business owners.

Founded in 1998, Texas Watch has helped Texas consumers become active in the legislative process on insurance, patient and nursing home safety, workplace safety, and consumer law issues in legislative and regulatory activities. Texas Watch members have provided testimony to legislative committees, participated in consumer legislative lobby days, testified in regulatory rule-making activities and spoken with media about consumer protection issues.

Texas Watch Staff

N. Alex Winslow
Executive Director

Alex 2Alex oversees all legislative, political, administrative, and research operations for the organization. Alex directs issue strategy and leads program development.

As Texas Watch’s primary media spokesperson, Alex is dedicated to giving voice to the need for real corporate responsibility and preservation of individual constitutional rights and liberties.

Alex appeared in the acclaimed HBO documentary “Hot Coffee” as an expert on the impact of so-called tort “reform.”  He has been quoted in every major and medium-sized newspaper in Texas. He has also appeared in numerous national publications including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Consumer Reports, and The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Texas Watch research has been cited in influential news outlets including BusinessWeek, Texas Monthly, and USA Today. Alex has also made numerous television appearances as an expert on insurance and civil justice matters and is a frequent guest on talk radio.

Alex served as a consumer liaison to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and has been named one of Texas’s Top 10 “Lobbyists for Causes” by the political newsletter Capitol Inside. Alex has worked on numerous political campaigns and for several members of the Texas House of Representatives. He has also served on the Campus Advisory Council and as vice president for the PTA at his children’s school, as a member of the District Advisory Council for Austin ISD, and as a Travis County grand juror.

Ware V. Wendell, J.D.
Deputy Director

Ware 3Ware advocates on behalf of consumers at the Texas Capitol and before state agencies. He monitors legal developments that impact Texas families and helps craft policy proposals that focus on fulfilling the promise of “liberty and justice for all.”

Ware has worked as Legislative Aide in the Texas House of Representatives and Chief of Staff in the Texas Senate. He has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star” twice by Texas Monthly and serves as an adjunct law professor. Ware has been privileged to advocate for consumers at both the national and state level, serving as a consumer liaison to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and fighting for the rights of Texas homeowners on a statewide task force on residential arbitration.


Tori Sommerman
Digital Engagement and Communications Coordinator

Tori 2As the Digital Engagement and Communications Coordinator, Tori organizes member communication and updates our supporters through social media, email, and our monthly podcast “Texas Tells.” Through written and graphic content, Tori works to share the stories that are important to Texas families and businesses.

Tori was trained as a journalist. Her work has been published in the Boston Globe, The San Antonio Current, and San Antonio Magazine. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a B.S. in Political Journalism.

Research & Reports
Research & Reports

The Texas Watch Foundation, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, conducts research and public education activities on consumer law, consumer protection and civil justice issues. Read More »

Court Watch
Court Watch

Court Watch, a program of the Foundation, documents the role and impact of the Texas civil court system on Texas families and Texas public policy. Read More »