Derrick A. De Vera


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. 



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


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


  • 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
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project, Volunteer (2012-2015)
  • Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF), 2017 Fellow
  • Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE), Board Member (2016-2019)




Washington State Courts

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

Outside The Office