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Derrick A. De Vera

Overview

As a born and raised Seattleite, Derrick De Vera understands and appreciates the Pacific Northwest economy and its drivers. He is a forceful, creative advocate for clients involved in business disputes and other contract issues throughout Washington.

Derrick represents clients of all sizes, including small-business owners in manufacturing and distribution, regional construction entities and professional services, and national companies with a local presence. His collaborative style helps him understand and pursue his clients’ big-picture goals.

Derrick’s strong community ties provide valuable insight into local courts and government operations. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked with current Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu at the King County Superior Court, and for former King County Council Member Larry Phillips. 

Experience

Experience

Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail Industry

  • Achieved cost-effective resolution of multi-party dispute for professional services client.
  • Secured multi-million dollar judgment and acquired assets for local lender.
  • Advised service distributors with state permitting requirements and compliance.
  • Protected manufacturing supplier’s contract interests.
  • Resolved federal class action dispute for small business entity.

Real Estate and Construction Industry

  • Prevailed on summary judgment motion regarding premises and property issues.  
  • Defended regional construction contractor in project dispute. 
  • Directed entities on free speech rights in state and national parks.
  • Coordinated client strategy in Trusts and Estates dispute avoiding costly litigation.
  • Represented national utility locator company during arbitration proceeding resulting in favorable settlement. 

Memberships & Awards

Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Member

Awards

  • Schwabe, First-Year Diversity Fellow (2013)
  • University of Washington School of Law, CALI Award for Excellence in Legislation (2014)
  • University of Washington School of Law, CALI Award for Excellence in Forensics/Expert Witnesses (2015)

Resources & Ideas

“Litigating Your Taste Buds: A More Appetizing Kind of Discovery,” King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (2014)

Diversity in Law: A Long-Term, But Necessary Investment
King County Bar Bulletin, November 2016

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2019
  • Filipino Lawyers of Washington, Member
  • Seattle CityClub, Member
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project, Volunteer (2012-2015)
  • Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF), 2017 Fellow
  • Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment, Board Member
  • APACEVotes, Vice President

Services

Education

Admissions

Washington State Courts

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

Outside The Office