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Derek R Van Gilder

Litigation Attorney at Bastrop, TX

4.7   61 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    California - CA 41 years
    Texas - TX 42 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2016
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Inactive

About Derek

Learn Derek’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Business
    25%
    All business matters, including choice of entity, incorporation and all other general business matters

    44 years, 700 cases

  2. Litigation
    25%
    Civil and Construction litigation involving all matters of business and other general litigation.

    44 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Family
    20%
    Family law matters including Divorce, modifications, child support and custody plus adoptions

    44 years, 400 cases

  4. Personal injury
    20%
    Motor vehicle accidents, on-the job accidents, dangerous and defective products and other general personal injury or death cases

    44 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Construction and development
    5%
    You never want surprises in buying, selling or developing commercial real estate. Our experienced Bastrop County real estate lawyers will assist you in the successful completion of your commercial real estate project.

  6. Intellectual property
    5%
    Patent and trademark prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and State of Texas, plus Federal Copyrights

    34 years, 100 cases

DO YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER FOR YOUR BUSINESS OR CIVIL LITIGATION MATTERS? I CAN HELP YOU.

We are your "home town" Bastrop, Texas lawyers--providing "big city" experience with "small town" service. When you need a responsive and attentive Texas lawyer to take on your legal problems, the Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder is here for you.  

The attorneys at the Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder bring decades of experience and success to the table representing individuals and businesses in all aspects of civil law. 

 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2015,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2015 2012 2010

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Location

Law Office Of Derek R Van Gilder
916 Main St
Bastrop, TX, 78602-3810

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  61 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Andrew | May 7, 2014
Highly Recommended!!!!
I would HIGHLY recommend Derek Van Gilder. He just represented me in a divorce case and was nothing but professional the entire time. His knowledge and expertise were proven in court. Not only that but his entire staff was extremely helpful and courteous. I will recommend Mr. Van Gilder to anybody that needs legal help. I hope to never need legal counsel again but if I do, Derek Van Gilder is who I would hire from here on out.
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Posted by Rusty | October 13, 2010
Derek Van Gilder
Derek Van Gilder helped us set up our business. He has provided us with the correct information so that we could benifit the most from our s-corp, and We have! Since then he has handled several issues. I always know I can call him and he will help me or advise me on the whatever legal questions I have. I have had dealing with several attorneys and feel more confident with Derek.
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Posted by Lynn | September 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Family Attorney!
I have used Derek for several different scenarios and have been more than satisfied each time. I would highly recommend him for a variety of needs, including divorce and family trusts. This Bastrop community is very fortunate to have Derek in their corner! Lynn S
Posted by Lyn | May 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Derek VanGilder has handled our case with great care and has worked hard to get us the best possible outcome. He is very professional and well organized. His office staff is is very friendly and welcoming. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Chris | April 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, friendly and professional
Been to Derek several times and am always treated well. Professional team, friendly and fast response time. Always handled with care and respect.
Posted by Shay | March 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney!
Derek is an excellent attorney with sharp mind and he is also extremely knowledgeable in many different areas. He is very personable and very willing to listen to us when we need his legal advice for both business and personal. With his engineering background, he is very versatile in resolving and addressing any construction concerns and comes up with many great ideas for us during disputes. I highly recommend Derek to be your personal as well as business attorney. He is the best! 5+ stars.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, great results
I met with Mr. Van Gilder to discuss a faulty repair done on my pick up truck by a local company. Mr. Van Gilder took the case and within a few weeks reached a settlement with the company. Mr. Van Gilder and his law firm was attentive and extremely professional, and wasted no time to address the issue. I highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by Jim | February 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Persistence pays
I was fortunate enough to have Van Gilder defended my position against protracted petty suit when most others would have recommended a reluctant surrender Thank You for believing in your client
Posted by Anna | October 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Mr. Van Gilder has been my attorney for over 30 years. He has handled several cases for me with great success. He is very detailed oriented and cares about his clients.
Posted by Todd | September 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable
We are very happy that we found Derek, when we needed an attorney. He went over and above on our case. We are thrilled that it ended up in our favor. We would highly recommend Derek for any of you probate and real estate needs.
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job by derek!
Did a amazing job and won my case at every hearing! I’d definitely recommend
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bastrop, Tx is lucky to have this attorney!
I want to thank Derek Van Gilder and his team for a fair and just resolution of our case. We hired Derek to help with a child custody and endangerment issues. He jumped in quickly to prevent harm to a child by navigating the legalize to get an emergency order. His firm literally was a life saver and walked us through the rest of the process. They all took time to answer our questions and calm our concerns. We could not have had justice without his firm's expertise. Today, the child is back to her normal, happy, smiling & silly self. We are grateful the Derek's depth of knowledge and helping us through our stressful time. I recommend the Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder.
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Posted by Dee Dee | January 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney for 24 years. Completely Satisfied.
My husband and I purchased a home and moved to Bastrop in 1996. Months after closing we discovered that the septic that belonged to this house was on someone elses property. We hired Derek Van Gilder to work with the sellers/realtors (one in the same), to rectify the situation. The situation was prompltly resolved and we were able to have proper construction of septic placed on our property at no cost to us. Attorney fees were recooped as well. 2nd time hiring The Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder - 2006. My brother passed away due to mixed drug toxicity, it was deemed "accidental". Life Insurance company did not want to pay out on policy claiming a couple of scenarios of which one included suicide. We hired the Law Office to work with the insurance company to prove what had happened to my brother. We won the case and insurance had to pay. Not only did they have to pay but Derek demanded 18% interest to be paid on value of policy for delay in payout. 3rd time hiring The Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder - 2006. Hired the Law Office to create our Wills, POA's, Medical POA's and Advanced Directives. Derek R. Van Gilder has been my our attorney for 24 years. We would never consider using anyone else. He has always been honest with us and straight forward and always had our best interest at heart. As of 2015, I have the pleasure to call him my boss. :)
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Posted by Lou | March 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
We needed a probate attorney, and since we live in California, we really wanted someone who was licensed here as well. After meeting and talking to him, we hired Derek to help with the estate of my sister and brother-in-law. The beginning was complicated as we put the estate in order. Derek and his excellent staff were immeasurably helpful and knowledgeable. We handled as much as we could but Derek and his staff checked everything to make sure all was in order. It took us six years to close the probate, with a few glitches that Derek handled because we couldn’t. He was an excellent guide through it all. We are very grateful for his help and the help of his staff. All were “user friendly” and we were always comfortable.
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Posted by Alison | January 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Definitely Recommend!
Derek has been an exceptional resource during this very difficult time of my life. I started out with another attorney and switched to Derek. All of his staff have gone above and beyond to help me get a divorce and protect my son. He and his team have been great at communicating along the way and keeping me in the loop, especially when my ex-husband's attorney was/is playing games. I could not recommend Derek more, while divorce isn't fun, I couldn't image having anyone else in my corner through this.
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Posted by Troy | October 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10 Stars in my Book
I can't say enough about Mr Van Gilder and his entire Law Office. I was in need of a Probate Will Lawyer in a Very Complex Case. Mr. Van Gilder and the entire Van Gilder law office are Professional, Knowledgeable and Experienced in Estates, Life Estates and Will Probates. My case was not in any way an Easy Case. I can't give a high enough rating for Mr. Van Gilder and his entire Law Office.
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Posted by Martin | August 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Van Gilder
Mr. Van Gilder did an outstanding job representing me. My case involved the disbursement of the proceeds in the sale of a property outlined in my divorce decree. The property sold thirteen years after the divorce. I would highly recommend Mr. Van Gilder in divorce cases, especially where there is a dispute over property. He won my case for me!
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Posted by Kathleen | August 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Work!
Mr. Van Gilder was very well prepared for our custody hearing, prepared us well on the process, and the entire process went smoothly. All paperwork was completed well in advance and we came home with our son. I would definitely hire Mr. Van Gilder again.
Posted by Gayla | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer, Excellent Service
Mr. Van Gilder and Mr. Rogers were wonderful they were able to help me claim some access funds from the county from the sale of my property due of back taxes. They charged a very reasonable fee. I no longer live in Bastrop, and Mr. Rogers met with me at my work place which really helped. The entire office was very friendly, helpful and supportive. I would highly recommend the Law Office of Derek Van Gilder to any who needs help.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help with deceased estate
When my brother passed away, I knew we needed some legal help to resolve his affairs, especially since we were from out of state. I made a list of potential lawyers from the phone book, then happened to recognize Derek's office sign as I walked down Main Street towards a restaurant. We stopped in, and Derek stopped what he was doing and gave us over an hour's advice on how to proceed in the most expedient and cost effective way. The next day he spent another hour with us. He gave us excellent advice that allowed us to fully administer the estate with just one trip to Texas. Over the next few weeks he was always quick to followup with any emailed questions or phone calls. He also recommended an excellent realtor to handle selling the property. His staff, Holley and Tammie were also excellent to deal with. I would definitely recommend Derek's office for any estate issues.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-395 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016.

Public Reprimand issued in TX, 2016
updated on 03/15/2019

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Derek's comment: “The Reprimand was because the Bar Association believed I had a conflict of interest because I had represented a client, individually, and her solely owned company, and later when asked to modify her Trust of which she was the sole beneficiary . A conflict arose between her daughter (a manager/employee) of her company and my client when it was discovered that the daughter was using personal and company funds without authorization from my client. Due to personal reasons, I could not fight it.”

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder
  • 1985 - Present
  • Instructor
  • Houston Community College
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Associate
  • Bean and Manning
  • 1982 - 1985
  • Associate
  • Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges
  • 1981 - 1982
  • Engineer
  • Brown & Root
  • 1980 - 1980
  • Engineer
  • Johnston Crane & Rigging
  • 1978 - 1979
  • Engineer
  • Flour Engineers & Constructors, Inc.
  • 1974 - 1977
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Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Houston
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1976
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • BS - Bachelor of Science-Civil Engineering
  • 1974
  • United States Military Academy
  • 1971
  • United States Military Academy Prep School
  • 1969
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Texas v Jeff Fitzpatrick
  • Not Guilty
  • No. Cause No. 423-741; Bluebonnet Home Health v. Wright et al., 423rd Dist. Ct., Bastrop Cty, TX
  • After 2 week jury trial, Jury awarded client damages and attorney fees of almost $200k. Defendant's claim for damages was denied.
  • NO. 26,747 Walden v. S&J Endeavors, LLC, et al., 335th Dist. Ct., Bastrop Cty, TX
  • After six week trial, Jury awarded Homeowners damages and obtained a favorable verdict including attorney fees in excess of $300,000. Jury awarded Homebuilder nothing on its counterclaim.

Associations

  • Bastrop Area Cruisers
  • Past President/V.P./Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Bastrop County Rotary Club
  • Past Club Pres/Past Ass't Dist Gov'r, GSE Team Ldr, Fdn Chair
  • 1995 - Present
  • Bastrop County Bar Association
  • Member--Treasurer
  • 1995 - Present
  • Bastrop County Bar Association
  • Member/Committee Chair/Treasurer
  • 1994 - Present
  • Bastrop Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Board Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
  • Past Asst Club Chairman/Life Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • University of Texas Ex-Students Association
  • Past Chapter President/Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • Bastrop Noon LIons Club
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
  • Board Member/ Building Chair
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Children's Advocay Center of Bastrop
  • Board of Directors/Treasurer
  • 1995 - 2004
  • Friends of the Science Park--MD Anderson Health Science Center
  • Past Chairman-Member
  • 1995 - 2008
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member
  • 1983 - 1991
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 1982 - 1992
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - 1994
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • District Foundation Builder Award
  • Rotary International
  • 2014
  • Point of Light
  • Bastrop Chamber of Commerce
  • 2014
  • Best Attorney
  • Bastrop Advertiser
  • 2013
  • Rotary Foundation Service Award
  • Rotary International-District 5870
  • 2012
  • Best Attorney
  • Bastrop Advertiser
  • 2012
  • Best Attorney
  • Bastrop Advertiser
  • 2011
  • Best Attorney
  • Bastrop Advertiser
  • 2010
  • Best Attorney
  • Bastrop Advertiser
  • 2009
  • Best Attorney
  • Bastrop Advertiser
  • 2008
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2007
  • Best Attorney
  • Bastrop Advertiser
  • 2007
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2006
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2005
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2003
  • Roll of Fame--District 5870
  • Rotary International
  • 2001
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1994
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1993
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1993
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1993
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1992
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1992
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1992
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 1992
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1991
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1991
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 1991
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1990
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1990
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1990
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1989
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 1988
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Publications

  • Construction Education Management Seminar
  • The Role of the Architect and Engineer in the Claim
  • 1984

Speaking Engagements

  • Will Seminar
  • Wills and Probate
  • 2010
  • Will Seminar
  • Wills and Probate
  • 2008
  • Central Texas Mining Society
  • Patent Law
  • 1995
  • Texas A & M Engineering Society
  • Engineering and the Law
  • 1991
  • Texas A & M Engineering Society
  • The Engineer's Role in Patent Law
  • 1990
  • Texas Employers Insurance Co
  • Witness Testimony of the Rehab. Nurse
  • 1986
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (12)
Endorse Derek
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Derek is an extremely smart attorney and knows his way around a courtroom. I have had several very contested cases against him. In all cases, he did a great job representing his clients and maintaining a high level of professionalism. I would hire Derek if I needed a family attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was co-counsel on a very high net worth property case with Derek. His expertise and trial skills made the difference in our outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend Derek to friends or family."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked as Derek’s associate for seven years prior to recently relocating to San Antonio, Texas. During that time I witnessed first hand that he is fair, persuasive, and aggressively pursues his client's interests while treating his clients, other lawyers, and the Court with respect. Derek is an attorney who is knowledgeable about the law and not afraid to use that knowledge. I endorse Derek R. Van Gilder 100%."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Van Gilder has been opposing counsel on several family law matters and I have always found him to be professional, honest and easy to work with during the litigation process. I endorse this lawyer as he genuinely cares about his clients and strives to obtain the best possible outcome for each client in every case."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Derek for over 30 years and know him to be a very knowledgable, resourceful attorney and a man of great integrity who is a strong advocate for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Derek for several years now. He was opposing counsel in my first trial, and he has been very professional and pleasant to work with. He is a great attorney and I would happily refer business his way. His clients are in good hands."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Derek has been my opposing counsel on a few different matters over the years and was always courteous and professional. Having a good lawyer as your opposing counsel always makes it easier to get things resolved."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Derek on several matters. He is an excellent trial lawyer and he has obtained outstanding results for his clients. I highly recommend him for complex commercial disputes as well as general litigation."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Derek is a top-notch litigator in our community and one to whom I personally refer business that is outside the scope of my law practice. I know he'll take excellent care of my clients."
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Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Employment and labor
Litigation
Divorce and separation

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Bastrop Litigation Lawyer Derek R Van Gilder
Derek R Van Gilder
Litigation Attorney
Bastrop, TX
Licensed for 42 years
Virtual consultation available
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016. See details