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Derick Calmerin Villanueva

Personal injury Attorney at Atlanta, GA

4.6   18 reviews

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Derick C. Villanueva is a military veteran and attorney and offers knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive legal counsel to individuals who have been seriously injured or killed in car accidents, motorycycle accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents and dangerous premises. Mr. Villanueva also practices in bankruptcy and general civil matters. Mr. Villanueva and his legal team have records millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injured clients.  Mr. Villanueva received his bachelor of arts Magna Cum Laude from Emory Universtiy, law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and Masters from Syracuse University. Mr. Villanueva has earned the Martindale Hubbell Client Distinction Award, acceptance in The National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent, selected as Top 10 Under 40 for the American Insitute of Personal Injury Attorneys for 2016 and 2017 and selected as Top 10 Under 40 for the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys for 2017 and achieved a Superb Rating in Avvo. In addition to being a lawyer,  Mr. Villanueva is an active duty reserve officer in the United States Navy and has served in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Korea and Africa.  Mr. Villanueva is a member of the Military/Veterans Section of the Georgia Bar. Mr. Villanueva is a member of The American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

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Licensed for 16 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 02/03/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Offices of D. Villanueva, LLC
Buckeye Tower 3300 Buckeye Road
Suite 335
Atlanta, GA, 30341

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Renee | October 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy
Hired them for my bankruptcy case. They were easy to work with and very professional. They were there when I had questions and kept in constant contact with me. The case was over before I knew it.
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Great Affordable Prices handled my case in a very professional matter. Greatful to have this attorney practice to represent my case.
Posted by Larry T. | November 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I'm recommending the Law of D. Villanueva to anyone who is seeking dedicated and determined professionals help. It's more family oriented to me than just my legal concerns being pushed through a judicial system. Even though I didn't have the full legal fees at the moment I was still treated like a top priority and that definitely was my turning point for me to put my most personal life in the hands of this professional law office. Thanks again for being great at what y'all do. - Larry T.P.S. We won our case✔
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Posted by Melissa | January 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I am Amazed By This Man
Derick is a wonderful human as he is a lawyer. I was in a nasty car wreck. I fired my last lawyer because he was a fool and completely useless. Mr Derick a lawyer and military veteran fought hard on my case and I received 350 thousand in my settlement. I used the money to pay off my student loans and to buy a house. I love this man.
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Posted by Nay | October 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful.!
Derick and Grace were extremely professional and helpful throughout my entire process. 5 star rating and would recommend them to anyone.
Posted by Millianne | August 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Had Nasty Slip And Fall, Derek was a Big Help!
Derek and his legal team were awesome! I had a nasty slip and fall at a fast food restaurant becuase there was spilt soda on the floor that nobody cleaned up. I had a dislocated hip. Received $150,000! Would not hesitate to refer him to my friend and family!
Posted by Amy Lee | July 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer for My Car Accident
Great team working on my car accident case! He and his team got me $200,000 for my injuries. Thank you Derick.
Posted by Dele | November 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Uncontested Divorce
Mr. Villanueva made an otherwise painful experience very painless by keeping appointments on time and keeping me abreast of every new information and developments in my case.. All phone calls were promptly returned. I would not hesitate to highly recommend his Law firm.
Posted by Jazmine | August 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So grateful for Attorney Villanueva and his awesome staff!
Attorney Villanueva is so personable, accomodating and very professionally astute. How many Attorney offer to meet at your home for an initial consultation? Mine did! I really appreciated all of his knowledge/expertise in his field. Between him and his staff, I was kept informed throughout the whole process and am very satisfied with the results of his diligence and all the hard work invested in my little sister's case as well as my own (from beginning to end). I give thanks for him and his entire staff!
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Posted by Cynthia and Cydney | August 25, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced and Caring Personal Injury Lawyer
My daughter and I suffered injuries, as a result of the accident, which the defendant was cited with DUI. Attorney Villanueva, was extremely helpful in giving us advice for the case and he made us feel confident about the lawsuit. We are extremely pleased with the settlement of our case, which was the result of the hard work of Attorney Villanueva on our behalf. Attorney Villanueva, is an excellent attorney who exhibits a great moral character. We would highly recommend him to anyone who needs his services.
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Posted by Brandie | August 14, 2014
From Beginning to End.
I was very pleased with the outcome of my case. I didn't expect to get back as much money that I originally thought I would receive. I am so grateful for Mr Villanueva's help. I wouldn't know who I would have gone to file for bankruptcy. Also thankful that my co-worker referred me to Mr. Villanueva.
Posted by Jorge | December 11, 2013
Derick is a Very Good Lawyer
Mr. Villanueva was my accident lawyer a few months ago. He keep me inform on my case when I was confuse about process. I used him as my bankruptcy attorney as well and he is a very good attorney
Posted by Samuel (Sam) | August 28, 2013
He is an honest and trustworthy attorney.
Derick handled my divorce case and kept me informed about the process and although it was a little difficult, we reach a great resolution about the terms of custody and child visitation. I am satisfied with Derick, he is a fellow military vet and has served his country as well.
Posted by Gary | November 16, 2011
Excellent lawyer, I'd definitely recommend!!
Derick is great! I was referred to him by another client who used him for a divorce, but I was looking to file bankruptcy. I had read online about the different types, but wasn't sure which one, and Derick took the time to sit down and explain them to me, and advise me on which I should file. I chose a chapter seven, and he and I filled out the paperwork. It was filed quickly, and his office handled my crediters for me. It was a load off my mind. I showed up to my one hearing and never had to go to court again. Just like that, my stress was gone. Derick's staff was so nice to me, and listened, and they always called me like they said they would. He always seemed to know what he was doing.
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Posted by Mariela | October 13, 2011
Excellent Family Lawyer!
I hired Attorney Villanueva about a year ago regarding a contested divorce and child custody matter. I found ouf that my ex husband who was from Mexico was having an affair and Attorney Villanueva assisted me in filing divorce and obtained alimony since I was a stay at home mom. Attorney Villanueva dealt vigorously against my ex's attorney and got me a great result and good amount of alimony and I had full custody of my two kids. I'm glad I hired Attorney Villanueva to handle my case and I have referred him to all my friends and family. He is an excellent lawyer and I'm proud he is and always will be my attorney.
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Posted by Jenna | November 23, 2009
Smart and Handsome Lawyer!! Highly Recommended
About several months ago I got into a car accident that wasn't my fault. At first I went to an attorney who said my case was not that important to him since it was not worth a lot of money and that I should go to another attorney. He's also cute, charming and smart! I hired Attorney Villanueva and he made me a believer! He dealt with the insurance company in a tough way and got me the maximum settlement almost 3 times as much than what the other attorney told me. I'm so glad I met Attorney Villanueva. He answered all my calls and I was able to call him on his cell phone.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2012
Very shady
While his tactics worked, I regret the way I allowed him to push lies to get what I wanted. In the end winning was not everything. An unethical lawyer can ruin the rest of your life.
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2011
Would not recommend
I hired Derick in March for a child custody matter. The papers filed on my behalf were sloppy and the interrogatories were those that would be presented for a divorce case. He originally said he would take pmts, then changed his mind. I had to mostly deal with his assistant Andre. Derick seemed knowledgeable, and confident, he obviously has done good work in the past as he had many awards on his wall. He didnt however do what he said for me, even sent me a letter attacking my mental state when he found out I would be filing a complaint with the state bar. Approach with caution.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-45%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of D. Villanueva, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Principal
  • The Villanueva Law Firm, LLC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • The Moss Law Firm, LLC
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Southstar Funding, LLC
  • 2005 - 2007
  • American Mortgage Exchange, Inc.
  • 2004 - 2005
  • KREVOLIN & HORST,LLC
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • US Navy Supply Corps School
  • 2015
  • Syracuse University
  • Masters
  • 2003
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Emory University
  • BA Magna Cum Laude
  • 2000
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Legal Cases

  • Johnson v. Kadam et al. Gwinnett County State Court
  • Judgement Granted to Plaintiff for Damages

Associations

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Member at Large
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Georgia State Bar
  • 2014 - Present
  • US Navy Reserve
  • Lieutenant
  • 2011 - Present
  • Sandy Springs Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Military/Veterans Law Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • North Fulton Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Group
  • 2009 - Present
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Syracuse University Alumni Association of Atlanta
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Litigation Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Litigation Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Selection
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2010
  • State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project Award
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • State Bar of Georgia Committee on Professionalism
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Group Monthly Meeting
  • Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and Its Effects on Bankruptcy
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse Derick
Car accident Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Derick is an excellent attorney. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have always known Derick to be hard working, knowledgeable, eager, and always well-prepared. He is an excellent advocate for his clients. I strongly endorse Derick."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Villanueva. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in legal community. Responses are clear and complete. Fabulous credentials. Demonstrates a thorough understanding of BK law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Derick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Atlanta Personal injury Lawyer Derick Calmerin Villanueva
Derick Calmerin Villanueva
Personal injury Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 16 years
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