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Derrick R Connell

Personal injury Attorney at Melbourne, FL

5.0   16 reviews

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About Derrick

Learn Derrick’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    50%
    Derrick’s practice focuses on representing clients injured in serious automobile accidents, product liability, wrongful death, general personal injury cases and other forms of professional negligence. Derrick believes that everyone deserves the best possible representation no matter how big or small their case.

    13 years

  2. Car accident
    25%
    Derrick’s practice focuses on representing clients injured in serious automobile accidents, product liability, wrongful death, general personal injury cases and other forms of professional negligence. Derrick believes that everyone deserves the best possible representation no matter how big or small their case.

    13 years

  3. Wrongful death
    25%
    Derrick’s practice focuses on representing clients injured in serious automobile accidents, product liability, wrongful death, general personal injury cases and other forms of professional negligence. Derrick believes that everyone deserves the best possible representation no matter how big or small their case.

    13 years

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Derrick R. Connell manages the Melbourne, Florida office of Morgan & Morgan, P.A.

Derrick’s practice focuses on representing clients injured in serious automobile accidents, wrongful death, premises liability, general personal injury cases and other forms of negligence. Derrick believes that everyone deserves the best possible representation no matter how big or small their case.

Over the years, Derrick has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. He is no stranger in the courtroom. His most recent trial victory involved a complex premises liability case against a large corporation. In 2015, he obtained a $1.14 million verdict in an automobile crash. And prior to that, Derrick prevailed in a complex product liability case against a major corporation. The trial, which lasted more than two weeks, was the first successful trial of its kind against the defendant corporation. Derrick has also secured excess verdicts in numerous motor vehicle collision trials.

Derrick has been named Top 40 under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers for three straight years; named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine—an annual publication that recognizes the top 2.5% of the state’s young lawyers; and given an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell - this rating signifies that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

Derrick is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association. He is a recipient of the Bronze Eagle Award, presented by the FJA; recipient of the Judge T. Mitchell Barlow Young Lawyer Professionalism Award; received the 10 Best of 2015 in Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers and was named as one of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015. Derrick also serves on the Stetson College of Law – Stetson Lawyers Advisory Council and is a past BCBA Young Lawyers Board Member.

Derrick, a Lanier County Georgia native, earned his Bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in 2004 and his Master of Business Administration from Stetson University in 2009. He earned his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law with a Concentration in Advocacy. While in law school, Mr. Connell was a teaching assistant, Stetson Ambassador, Student Bar Association Member and recipient of the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award.

As a member of Stetson’s nationally ranked Trial Team, Mr. Connell was a two-time National Trial Champion. He first won the AAJ STAC, beating over 240 teams from law schools around the country. Then in 2009 Mr. Connell won the National Civil Trial Competition, where he was named the Best Advocate in both the preliminary and final rounds – a first for this event. He was also a Moot Court Board Associate Justice – winning the 2009 E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Connell was a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Judge D. Horrox and the Honorable Judge D. Demers, a Certified Legal Intern in The Sixth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and a Legal Intern for the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida.

Upon graduation from Stetson University College of Law, Mr. Connell was honored as a recipient of the Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award, inducted into The National Order of Barristers and awarded the prestigious Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award. In 2015, Valdosta State University presented Derrick with the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus award.

Derrick is married to Kelly R. Connell and together they have a son.

 

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Licensed for 12 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Derrick

Morgan & Morgan
940 South Harbor City Blvd
Melbourne, FL, 32901

Reviews

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Posted by Valerie | June 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Lawery
Derrick Connell took excellent care of me. He didn't just settle for what they wanted to give me even after going to court. He didn't settle for what was ruled on and I did get more money.
Posted by Jonathon | June 10, 2019
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Great lawyer
One of the most intelligent and empathetic people, let alone lawyers, I’ve ever met. Was there for me throughout the entirety of my case and never left me in the dark. If any of my friends or family ever needed a lawyer I would recommend him in a heartbeat.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Loved working with Derrick Connell
Mr. Connell and his staff made my car accident case settle in a timely manner that made healing comfortable and worry-free. They contacted me through email and phone calls to eliminate unnecessary travel. They made correspondence easy and quickly. My settlement covered all expenses, with some left over for future care if necessary. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Alberto | August 2, 2016
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Slip and Fall Case
Derrick and his assistant Teresa worked very hard on my case. I appreciate the personal attention provided throughout the entire process. I would not hesitate to contact Derrick again in the future.
Posted by Katherine | July 29, 2016
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Highly Recommended
Derrick has been by my side through my case every step of the way. He is honest, trustworthy, reliable, patient and persistent. He has had my best interest at mind and is producing the best possible outcome.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2016
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Auto accident with Injury.
I was treated with respect and consideration at every instance. He and his case manager made an unhappy and difficult situation manageable. The resolution of the case exceeded my expectations.
Posted by Kevin | November 13, 2014
Hit by Drunk Driver
I was on vacation in Florida for my birthday when I was hit by an uninsured drunk-driver. My injuries were extensive and so were the medical bills. I thought I was going to have to pay it all out of pocket, but Derrick found me coverage and took care of everything. He did a great job not only handling the insurance companies, but also managing the healthcare providers. I would highly recommend him as he helped make the best out of a pretty disastrous situation.
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Posted by Iris | November 9, 2014
Auto Accident
Derrick Connell did an excellent job handling my automobile accident case. The process went quicker than I expected and was hassle free. He was very knowledgeable on insurance companies and the process things had to go through. I would definitely recommend him for all my friends and family!
Posted by Billy | October 29, 2014
Great work
Working with Derek Connell was a great experience he was very informative and very friendly I would definitely use him again and recommend him to a friend
Posted by David | October 8, 2014
The Best Attorney
Without hesitation I would recommend Derrick Connell. From the very start he was very caring as to having my needs met. Throughout the 2 years it took to settle my case he kept me abreast of all issues and would always return my call as soon as possible. Derrick took time out of his schedule to call me after my surgery to make sure everything was ok. The personal aspect that Derrick provides his clients is second to none. In my opinion Derrick Connell is the best Attorney you can have. Thanks again Derrick for your hard work and dedication.
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Posted by Kathleen | October 6, 2014
An exceptional Lawyer that you want on your side
No question that Derrick Connell is probably the most honest and exceptional Lawyer I have ever dealt with. He went above and beyond the norm helping me with my case. There was never any hesitation in answering questions or getting back with me no matter the time. He honestly does care about you and your well being, working hard for you and puts you first above himself. I would highly recommend Derrick . Thank you so much Derrick for all your hard work.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2014
The best
I was skeptical of hiring a lawyer for my situation. My physician referred me to Derrick and after the first initial call, I felt very confident in my decision to move forward with him. He is extremely professional, confident, and made me feel like I was his top priority. He always was able to speak to me when needed and helped me with everything even after my case was closed. He truly cares about his clients and is knowledgeable in his field to take care of them. You will not find a better lawyer!
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Posted by Alicia | July 14, 2014
Best attorney I have ever met!
I was in two car accidents within two months of each other with sustained neck and shoulder injuries. I had been referred to Derrick by a close friend. Derrick was extremely knowledgable and helpful every step of the way. By the time I finished all of the physical therapy and other medical treatments, I had gone over the the maximum insurance coverage by several thousand dollars. Derrick assured me that I had nothing to worry about and that all of my bills would be taken care of. Shortly after the closing of my case, I received a call from Derrick stating that he not only covered the medical bills, but also had a settlement check of nearly $10,000 for me. Derrick exceeded all of my expectations!
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Posted by Susan | July 13, 2014
A smooth case with positive results!
When I first met attorney Connell I thought that he was young and wasn't sure how he would handle my case. I am happy to say , he was steadfast and eager to make good choices for me and the case. If we needed to wait we did I took his advice and it all paid off. I would recommend his services and would return to his firm if a incident required it. Job well done professionally, passionately, and positively. Thank you attorney Derrick Connell Sue
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Posted by Pyper | July 10, 2014
#1 Attorney in Melbourne Florida!
I have worked for attorneys in the past so when I personally had to hire one for my "Auto Accident" I was very picky. Mr. Connell was very professional and always I repeat always took and returned my calls!!! Even though my case was not a huge settlement he treated me like a million dollar client. I have so much respect for Mr. Connell and the way he does business. Hopefully you never have to hire an attorney due to an auto accident but if you do Mr. Connell is your Attorney. Thank you for keeping me calm throughout this stressful time and with much success in settling my case!
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Posted by A.C. | July 3, 2014
One of the best up and coming lawyers in Florida!
Mr. Connell is an exceptional lawyer who works hard for his clients with a level of passion that is rarely seen these days. His diligent effort in taking on a very large insurance company that attempted to deny me fair compensation when I was helpless and needed it the most has enabled me to recover, and take charge of my life again. While many attorneys dump their work on paralegals out of callousness Mr. Connell really puts all of his effort into your case, the unmatched detail about every aspect of your case really shows every time you visit for updates, which he provided on a regular and continuous basis right until the end. You simply could not make a better choice in seeking his legal services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Morgan & Morgan
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Plaintiff Law Firm
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Founder
  • Connell Law Group
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Plaintiff Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • State Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Judicial Intern
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Court
  • 2008 - 2009
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Stetson University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2009
  • University of Georgia, Valdosta State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • Bartley vs. LM General
  • $160,000 verdict
  • Chaires vs. Cocoa Expo
  • Verdict: $150,000
  • Barnes vs. Fitzpatrick
  • $1.14 million
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Associations

  • Stetson Lawyers' Association, Advisory Council
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Eagle Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Stetson Lawyers' Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Order of Barristers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Brevard County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Alumni
  • Valdosta State University
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Professionalism Award
  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Bronze Eagle Award
  • Florida Justice Association
  • 2011
  • Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2009
  • William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2009
  • Foreman Award
  • Stetson
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Breakfast
  • Premises Liability
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (44)
Given (100)
Endorse Derrick
Unknown Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Derrick is a family man, a leader in the community and a heck of a trial lawyer... I would be proud to call him my lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I fully endorse Derrick."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Connell. He's a true go-getter and an extremely gifted lawyer who gives 110% to all of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for being an advocate for clients."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Derrick has an excellent reputation. He also shares the same phone number as my office: 444-4444."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Mr. Connell to be an excellent lawyer. He exhibits the greatest of core values of character, competence and commitment to the legal profession"
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Connell is an excellent trial lawyer, and zealously advocates for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Connell. He is a both respected by clients as well as by colleagues in the legal field. He is a proven asset to the legal profession."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Brain injury Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Derrick Connell. He donates his time to provide excellent legal answers on Avvo from citizens seeking advise. A respected member within the legal community."
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