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.
Licensed since 2011
Hourly ($200/hour), Pro Bono (20%)
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Pro Bono Award||North Carolina Bar Association||2011|
|Daniel G. Sampson Award||NCCU School of Law, Evening Program||2011|
|Contract Attorney||Durham County Child Support Enforcement (IV-D)||2014 - 2014|
|Attorney Advocate||Alamance County Guardian ad Litem Program||2013 - Present|
|Coverage Attorney Advocate||Durham County Guardian ad Litem Program||2013 - 2013|
|Attorney||The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley||2011 - Present|
|Legal Intern||City of Durham Attorney's Office||2010 - 2010|
|Legal Intern (Practicing under 3rd Year Rule)||Durham County Attorney's Office||2010 - 2011|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Association of Counsel for Children||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Member||2011 - 2013|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Durham County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|American Civil Liberties Union||Member||2002 - Present|
|North Carolina Central University School of Law||N/A||J.D.||2011|
|Duke University||History, Philosophy||B.A.||2006|