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Derek M. Wright

Criminal defense Attorney at Fayetteville, GA

3.6   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1995
    Active Member in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2006

About Derek

Learn Derek’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Federal, State, Murder, Armed Robbery, Drug Cases, DUI, Conspiracy, Probation Revocations, Family Violence, Appeals, Habeas, and Post Conviction Relief

    29 years

  2. Family
    Divorce, Child Custody, and Child Support

    29 years

  3. General practice
    General counsel and transactional litigation

  4. Personal injury
    Auto Collisions, Premises Liability


Derek M Wright
P.O.B. 143265
Fayetteville, GA, 30214

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3.6 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Posted by Sheryl Powell-McCracken | August 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Client for over 20 years
I see so many comments about Incompetent, Thief, Unreliable ect… Now!! I have known Derek for over 20 years and have been a very reliable and responsible. I have called him myself, and it will be a minute before he returns my call, but he do return them. He is a very busy man because he comes highly recommend. Y’all please let’s be fare and not bash him until he prove himself incapable of being a great Attorney for your team. I promise if y’all be fare, give him time. You will win your case. This is what I experienced with him. I have use his services twice and never been disappointed. Let’s be fare guys!!!
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Posted by Mark | June 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Federal Case
Extremely knowledgeable, professional, well prepared attorney! Without a doubt, one of the absolute best in the NATION!
Posted by Antonio | January 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
I Antonio Sledge Truth Mr. Wright with my life in the court room he the best I every hired he away be Honest with me about a case to always pick up the phone when I called never Let me down.
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in the business Mr.Get it done indictment slayer
Mr. Right Is an exemplary example Of what an attorney embodies and what an attorney should stand for. Mr. Wright is Just good old-fashioned gets the job done what you ask of him he will make it a reality. Everybody's case is different but If you walk into that courtroom with Mr. Wright your in great hands. He is respected in every courtroom from Fulton to Dekalb County and is taken very serious by the D.A. Personally he has successfully defeated 3 separate felony indictment that were non related that happened at 3 different times in my life. He has won a motion to suppress hearing for me,Very impressive. You rarely see that live in action when it counts most He has preserved my freedom and innocence On several occasions. And for this I am eternally grateful. Honestly Mr. Wright is MR. RIGHT. If you want someone who is articulate,sharp, cunning, and will actually win, he's your guy. If you want someone to exceed expectations and that always has the right game plan. -N.A.
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Posted by Malcolm | November 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Wright is the best lawyer in Atlanta, GA!!
Hi, my name is Malcolm. I want to let everyone know that Derek is the best lawyer. I was charged with murder and I was facing life. Derek got all of my charges dropped and I was released as a free man without probation. He is very experienced in his field and he knows everything about the justice system. I want to thank him for everything he has done for me and my family. Please call him if you need a lawyer. He will work with you and your family when it's time for a payment.
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Posted by jacks-guy | July 9, 2014
the best of the best
my name is jacks and i own my life to this lawyer and his wife they have been fighting by my side for so many years and i finally got my life back .i was charge with multiples serious felony ,but by god grace this lawyer got me out of the court system without a felony .thanks Mr Derek you are the best ..
Posted by Benneika | May 29, 2014
Best Lawyer Atlanta has to offer!!!!
I hired attorney Wright for several different cases. The first was a case against my landlord. Mr.Wright not only kept me informed of my rights and up to speed on the currect laws concerning my case.The end result was great not only did i win against the landlord who filed against me;I was awarded a judgement against the landlord. I also had a few civil cases against another person for harassment and stalking. Mr.Wright respresented me and I was grated a Tpo against the person for 12 months. He also filed my annulment which was quick professional and done in a timely manner. I have since referred attorney Wright to several friends and family. One client I referred went for a divorce. After going to battle against his clients wife in trial. Not only did his client get granted a divorce he also won primary custody of his two minor children. I am extremely pleased with him!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2014
Life Saver
Attorney Derek Wright is an amazing attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable, charismatic which is a great characteristic to have during a trial, he pays attention to the smallest details, and he thinks quickly on his feet. I had 6 felony charges with a maximum sentence of 65 years I was found not guilty of all six charges. I will forever be grateful for Derek's hardwork and dedication in regards to my case. He also worked with me in regards to a payment plan. I will definitely refer him to anyone that is in need of a criminal defense attorney. I thank god but I also thank Derek for giving me my life back.
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Posted by Terri | November 13, 2013
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Posted by Debbie | November 12, 2013
Excellent Attorney!
Mr. Wright was my divorce attorney. I was married for 23 years and I have 2 boys in college. My divorce was very emotional and stressful. He had clear expectations from day one. I was very impressed the day I hired him. He really fought on my behalf and produce results. He was responsive, attentive, thorough and dependable. He helped me achieve a very fair and reasonable settlement. I am very happy with the outcome of my case and I highly recommend Mr. Wright's excellent legal services!
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2013
Awesome advisor!
This attorney speaks with confidence and demonstrates great knowledge when speaking before a judge. He's responsive and efficient when needed. I would highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by Mr.A.Webb | July 24, 2013
True courtroom fighter!
I met this lawyer when I went to court with my neice,he was strong,proficient,and very serious about her civil case!He went in that courtroom and gave them the business,after that all types of offers were being made to my neice,one thing I can say if I ever need a lawyer civil or criminal he is my guy!
Posted by Nikki | July 19, 2013
I first hired Derek,a couple of years and he has been a great attorney,I originally hired him for criminal defense, then civil,and I must say,I will not go into a courtroom without him!He has brought me thru,and helped me out of bad situations,I trust in him,for he is"Truly A Blessing"to have at your side!
Posted by Ellisha | June 21, 2013
Great Attorney
Derek Wright represented my fiance and he was very knowledgeable and professional. He was honest with us and never promised to do anything that he couldn't. We are extremely grateful, and thanks to him my fiance is home with his family.
Posted by Eric Hence | May 9, 2013
A Real Life Gladiator
Mr. Wright is an exceptional attorney. Mr. Wright handled my sons case professionally and kept me comfortable by walking me through each phase of the process as we took each step. He was exceptional at listening to me and converting my lack of legal understanding to a comprehensible level. Mr Wright's conduct was always professional and respectful. He was very knowledgeable, and my son was acquitted on all counts against him (armed robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm). I hold him in the highest esteem, and would recommend him to anyone in need of a Criminal attorney who is battle tested and a Gladiator in the court room.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2013
Great Attorney
Derek has helped me out of difficult situations in Riverdale and Fayette County. He has reviewed contracts and business deals for me. He has basically been a great attorney, problem solver, and friend.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2013
Best Attorney In ATL
He has handled cases for me in cobb and fulton. Got trafficking case dismissed for my buddy. He recently got me away from a life sentence I was facing in Clayton, where now I just had do a few months. In the street, we call him "The Truth". He is the best attorney in ATL.
Posted by Dymond | June 2, 2010
My life attorney
I met this attorney back in 2000 while sitting in the courtroom waiting for my case to be call. We had NEVER talked or seen each other before then. He was actually there to represent someone else. He asked me what was I there for aftering talking he said I'll take your case, both cases, only charged me 1/8 what everyone else wanted to charge me for 1 case. He told me he would get them both dismissed. Yes, he was hard to reach at times, I wasn't his only client, Yes he was late for arraignment, but he got there and got the 1st case dismissed. The second case he informed me late in the evening we were going to trial the following morning. I am proud to say that case was also thrown out. He did exactly what he sai. It's called patience. Now he's handling my divorce and I'm not worried at all. No one is perfect. So he made a mistake. Ye without sin cast the first stone..
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2009
Awsome Attorney - Would NEVER use another!
I used this attorney to handle a criminal matter on behalf of my son. He was charged with trafficking and faced life in prison if convicted. Mr. Wright not only won the case for my son, but for his co-defendants as well! (their lawyers were HORRIBLE). As we left the court...everyone who witnessed the trial asked for his name and number. You will not find a better trial lawyer in the Atlanta area...that is for certain.
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Posted by Rucker Family | April 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Derek Wright!! This man is a crook and a liar! He abandoned my son's case & he's only been hired for 3 months and refuses to answer any calls or texts to explain why he thinks he's going to take our money & abandon my son's case! He never showed up for court on time or visited my son, he made promise after promise & assured us he would fight for my son. He used a juvenile excuse saying me the mom called & texted too much about the case.. how else was the family supposed to get updates on the case because he never called or did the job he was paid for!! I wish I had seen the negative reviews on "FindLaw" of other clients complaining about how incompetent he is before we hired this clown or even the complaint with the board that shows his history of being a liar!! Do not hire this wannabe Johnny Cochran because he doesn't have the experience to do the job....if you do hire him you'll regret it, save yourself the trouble! He's a hypocrite
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2006.

Review Panel Reprimand issued in GA, 2006
updated on 05/19/2010

This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case, the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Derek M. Wright, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • The Wright Law Firm, P.C.
  • 1996 - 2010


  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Princeton University
  • BSE- Civil Engineering & Systems Management
  • 1990


  • HR Butler Lodge #23
  • 1994 - Present
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Derek
General practice Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Derek has an unmatched and unparalleled work ethic. He is nothing short of an absolute perfectionist. He cares deeply about those he represents - he is more than just a zealous advocate for his clients, he is also a confidant and friend, and he ensures that his clients obtain only the absolute best result in their case. Derek is extremely knowledgeable and versed in his field of expertise, and is always up for a battle. Derek never accepts "no" for an answer, and he never backs down from a challenge, no matter how daunting the task."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Derek. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Fayetteville Criminal defense Lawyer Derek M. Wright
Derek M. Wright
Criminal defense Attorney
Fayetteville, GA
Licensed for 28 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2006. See details