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About Me

Trial lawyer with emphases on complex business, intellectual property, securities, employment, real estate, and professional negligence disputes.


Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    15 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 20%
  3. Securities & Investment Fraud: 20%
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    15 years
  5. Real Estate: 10%
    15 years

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Jeremy Brooks Rosen

    Paul is a brilliant litigator. I have seen him handle extremely complex cases in a first rate manner.


    Jeremy Rosen Class Action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • No photo

    Paul Derby is a tireless advocate for his clients, excellent on his feet in court and has incredible attention to detail. Highly recommended.


    Paul Skiermont Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Derby | Curtis LLP

800 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1450
Los Angeles, CA, 90017



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
SuperLawyer 2013SuperLawyers2013
5.0 out of 5.0 AV Preeminent RatingMartindale Hubbell2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Rising StarSuperLawyers2010
Rising StarSuperLawyers2009
Rising StarSuperLawyers2008
Rising StarSuperLawyers2007
Rising StarSuperLawyers2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGersh Derby2011 - 2014
PartnerHennigan Bennett & Dorman LLP2003 - 2011
AssociateO'melveny & Myers, LLP2000 - 2003
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Business Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationFormer membership chair, Real Estate Litigation Subcommittee2008 - 2010
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Quick Loan Funding, Inc. v. Maguire Properties - 3121 Michelson LLCSettled on confidential terms.
Crescent/Mach I Partnership, L.P. v. TurnerSettled on confidential terms after successful bench trial.
Crescent/Mach I Partners, L.P. v. Dr Pepper Bottling Co. of TexasSettled on confidential terms after successful bench trial.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of RedlandsGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
University of RedlandsHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1993