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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


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



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

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Derrick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I worked with Mr. Hensley on a Guardian Ad Litem matter and he provided the utmost professionalism and care towards his client's needs.


    William Vatavuk Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley, PLLC

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

The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley, PLLC

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



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardNorth Carolina Bar Association2011
Daniel G. Sampson AwardNCCU School of Law, Evening Program2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney AdvocateAlamance County Guardian ad Litem Program2013 - Present
AttorneyThe Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley2011 - Present
Contract AttorneyDurham County Child Support Enforcement (IV-D)2014 - 2014
Coverage Attorney AdvocateDurham County Guardian ad Litem Program2013 - 2013
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 Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Durham County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMember2002 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember2011 - 2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
North Carolina Central University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2011
Duke UniversityHistory, PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2006