Call Derrick on his cell phone at 321-444-4444 to discuss your case.
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.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2010||08/04/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2017|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2016|
|40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2016|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|10 Best||American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Distinguished Alumni||Valdosta State University||2015|
|Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Professionalism Award||Brevard County Bar Association||2014|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|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|
|Annual Breakfast||Premises Liability||2017|
|Bartley vs. LM General||$160,000 verdict|
|Chaires vs. Cocoa Expo||Verdict: $150,000|
|Barnes vs. Fitzpatrick||$1.14 million|
|Behlke vs. McCauley||Plaintiff's Verdict of $106,433.14|
|BROWN vs. WITT||$550,000 verdict|
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