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In my free time, I run triathlons, and take action photos of my son's surfing and daughter's beach volleyball.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 50%
    15 years, 75 cases
  2. Consumer Protection: 30%
    15 years, 55 cases
  3. Class Action: 20%
    15 years, 135 cases



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Cash, Check

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  • Joel Larabee

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    Joel Larabee Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Douglas Bradford Wroan

    I've have known Derek on both a personal and professional level for many years. He is an exceptional person and attorney whom I would highly recommend to anyone searching for an honest, hardworking and ethical lawyer.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

225 Broadway
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2000
San Diego Law ReviewUniversity of San Diego1992
San Diego Law ReviewUniversity of San Diego1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerEmge & Associates2000 - Present
Founding PartnerGilliland & Emge1998 - 2000
AssociateBooth, Mitchel & Strange, LLP1996 - 1998
AssociateEdwards, White & Sooy1992 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1992 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationN/A1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Shrestha v. Coldwell BankerFavorable settlement
California Pizza KitchenFavorable Settlement
American Golf Corporationfavorable settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
San Diego County Bar Association DICTA MagazineShort Takes2010
California Court of AppealShrestha v. Coldwell Banker2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of San Diego SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Claremont McKenna CollPolitical ScienceBA1989