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Derrick J Hensley

Derrick J Hensley

Practice areas:

Family, Immigration, Appeals

Derrick Hensley

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About Me

Derrick Hensley is a Durham, NC based lawyer who focuses on high-quality, individualized representation.  Derrick founded his own firm in order to develop real relationships with his clients, and to pursue causes where he can make a difference.  Derrick is dedicated zealously advocating for his clients and to fostering an open, communicative attorney-client relationship based on trust and honesty.

Derrick is a Child Welfare Law Specialist, certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Derrick practices in several interrelated fields, including general family law (divorce, child custody, support, adoption, etc.), child welfare proceedings ("DSS Court"), and family-based immigration.  Derrick is experienced in various kinds of appeals, and is able to pursue appeals of decisions in state court as well as federal immigration matters.  Derrick has represented the best interests of hundreds of children in juvenile abuse/neglect/dependency proceedings as a staff Attorney Advocate, and has handled hundreds of child support cases while representing a county child support (IV-D) agency.  Derrick also has substantial experience in seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for abused, neglected, and abandoned immigrant youth.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2011

  1. Family: 65%
  2. Immigration: 25%
  3. Appeals: 10%



Hourly ($200/hour), Pro Bono (20%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • John Szymankiewicz

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known Derrick for several years now, going back to law school. Derrick is methodical, compassionate, and thorough in his analysis and his desire to help people. I would certainly recommend Derrick to my friends.


    John Szymankiewicz Business Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Malcolm Moseley Matheson

    I am happy to endorse Mr. Hensley and his practice. I know Mr. Hensley as a caring litigator who's passion for law is only matched by his desire to assist his clients through their difficult time. I have referred many potential clients to Mr. Hensley for assistance in the areas of law he practices.


    Malcolm Matheson DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley

P.O. Box 380
Durham, NC, 27702-0380

The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley

323 E. Chapel Hill St., Room 203
Durham, NC, 27701-3210



NCAuthorized to practice law201104/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono AwardNorth Carolina Bar Association2011
Daniel G. Sampson AwardNCCU School of Law, Evening Program2011

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Contract AttorneyDurham County Child Support Enforcement (IV-D)2014 - 2014
Attorney AdvocateAlamance County Guardian ad Litem Program2013 - Present
Coverage Attorney AdvocateDurham County Guardian ad Litem Program2013 - 2013
AttorneyThe Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley2011 - Present
Legal InternCity of Durham Attorney's Office2010 - 2010
Legal Intern (Practicing under 3rd Year Rule)Durham County Attorney's Office2010 - 2011

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenMember2015 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember2011 - 2013
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Durham County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMember2002 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
North Carolina Central University School of LawN/AJ.D.2011
Duke UniversityHistory, PhilosophyB.A.2006