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Derek R Van Gilder

Practice areas:

Litigation, Business, Family, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury

About Me

Languages Spoken: American Sign Language

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Litigation: 35%
    35 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Business: 25%
    35 years, 700 cases
  3. Family: 20%
    35 years, 400 cases
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    35 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Intellectual Property: 10%
    25 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-350/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Aleta Peacock

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Derek is a top-notch litigator in our community and one to whom I personally refer business that is outside the scope of my law practice. I know he'll take excellent care of my clients.

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    Aleta Peacock Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Tracy J. Willi

    I have worked with Derek on several matters. He is an excellent trial lawyer and he has obtained outstanding results for his clients. I highly recommend him for complex commercial disputes as well as general litigation.

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    Tracy Willi Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

916 Main St
Bastrop, TX, 78602-3810

916 Main St
Bastrop, TX, 78602

Law Office Of Derek R Van Gilder

916 Main Street
Bastrop, TX, 78602

916 Main St
Bastrop, TX, 78602

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198105/02/2015
DCInactive 199007/19/2014
CAInactive198202/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Point of LightBastrop Chamber of Commerce2014
District Foundation Builder AwardRotary International2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Best AttorneyBastrop Advertiser2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best AttorneyBastrop Advertiser2012
Rotary Foundation Service AwardRotary International-District 58702012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best AttorneyBastrop Advertiser2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Best AttorneyBastrop Advertiser2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Best AttorneyBastrop Advertiser2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Best AttorneyBastrop Advertiser2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale Hubbell2007
Best AttorneyBastrop Advertiser2007
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2007
Who's Who in the South and SouthwestMarquis Who's Who2006
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2005
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2003
Roll of Fame--District 5870Rotary International2001
Who's Who in the South and SouthwestMarquis Who's Who1994
Who's Who in Finance and IndustryMarquis Who's Who1993
Who's Who in the South and SouthwestMarquis Who's Who1993
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in AmericaMarquis Who's Who1993
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law1992
Who's Who in the South and SouthwestMarquis Who's Who1992
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in AmericaMarquis Who's Who1992
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who1992
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who1991
Who's Who in Finance and IndustryMarquis Who's Who1991
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law1991
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who1990
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in AmericaMarquis Who's Who1990
Who's Who in Finance and IndustryMarquis Who's Who1990
Who's Who in the South and SouthwestMarquis Who's Who1989
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law1988

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Derek R. Van Gilder1985 - Present
InstructorHouston Community College1984 - 1985
AssociateBean and Manning1982 - 1985
AssociateThelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges1981 - 1982
EngineerBrown & Root1980 - 1980
EngineerJohnston Crane & Rigging1978 - 1979
EngineerFlour Engineers & Constructors, Inc.1974 - 1977

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bastrop Noon LIons ClubMember2009 - 2013
Bastrop Area CruisersPast President/V.P./Member2005 - Present
Children's Advocacy Centers of TexasBoard Member/ Building Chair2003 - 2009
Bastrop County Bar AssociationMember--Treasurer1995 - Present
Friends of the Science Park--MD Anderson Health Science CenterPast Chairman-Member1995 - 2008
Children's Advocay Center of BastropBoard of Directors/Treasurer1995 - 2004
Bastrop County Rotary ClubPast Club Pres/Past Ass't Dist Gov'r, GSE Team Ldr, Fdn Chair1995 - Present
Bastrop County Bar AssociationMember/Committee Chair/Treasurer1994 - Present
Bastrop Chamber of CommercePast Board Member1994 - Present
Houston Livestock Show & RodeoPast Asst Club Chairman/Life Member1991 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember1983 - 1991
Houston Bar AssociationMember1982 - 1994
Texas Association of Defense CounselMember1982 - 1992
American Bar AssociationMember1981 - 1992
University of Texas Ex-Students AssociationPast Chapter President/Member1975 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
NO. 26,747 Walden v. S&J Endeavors, LLC, et al., 335th Dist. Ct., Bastrop Cty, TXAfter six week trial, Jury awarded Homeowners damages and obtained a favorable verdict including attorney fees in excess of $300,000. Jury awarded Homebuilder nothing on its counterclaim.
No. Cause No. 423-741; Bluebonnet Home Health v. Wright et al., 423rd Dist. Ct., Bastrop Cty, TXAfter 2 week jury trial, Jury awarded client damages and attorney fees of almost $200k. Defendant's claim for damages was denied.
State of Texas v Jeff FitzpatrickNot Guilty

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Construction Education Management SeminarThe Role of the Architect and Engineer in the Claim1984

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of HoustonBusiness AdministrationMaster of Business Administration1976
University of Texas, AustinCivil EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science-Civil Engineering1974
United States Military AcademyEngineeringN/A1971
United States Military Academy Prep SchoolN/AN/A1969

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Will SeminarWills and Probate2010
Will SeminarWills and Probate2008
Central Texas Mining SocietyPatent Law1995
Texas A & M Engineering SocietyEngineering and the Law1991
Texas A & M Engineering SocietyThe Engineer's Role in Patent Law1990
Texas Employers Insurance CoWitness Testimony of the Rehab. Nurse1986