|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising star||Los Angeles magazine||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|graduate of the college's course taught at Harvard law school||National College for DUI Defense||2011|
|NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Practitioner||La PIer and Associates||2010|
|NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Practitioner||La Pier and Associates||2010|
|specialist member||california dui lawyer association||2009|
|admission to practice||united states district court southern district of california||2008|
|Supervising Attorney||Law Offices of Devermont and Devermont||2008 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||N/A||2008 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||member||2008 - Present|
|Criminal Courts Bar Association||member||2008 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||member||2008 - Present|
|People v. C.E.||Case Dismissed|
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|University Of West Los Angeles School of Law||Law||JD||2007|
|Suppression of blood evidence in a criminal case||Suppression of blood evidence in a criminal case||2016|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Social Security Law Section||Social Security Disability trial strategies||2011|
Posted by Jordan
I was driving 120 MPH when I was pulled over and arrested for DUI. It was passed midnight when the lights of the cop car flooded my rear view mirror. I knew I had one too many drinks and I knew I was going to jail. Still, I was hoping I could talk my way out of it. I answered their questions. It didn't help. My speech was slurred. I did their tests on the side of the road. I almost fell over a few times. With each second I could feel the jail closing in on me. The cops didn't care about me. They were so pissed I was driving so fast they couldn't wait to take me to jail. I was arrested and blew .12 twice into the breathalyzer. I thought it was over.
I knew of Derek from other friends that had used him. They had their cases dismissed or walked away with very little. He wasn't cheap, but my friends swore by him. I saved every nickel and raised every dime I could to hire him. It was the best decision I've ever made.
When I met with him he explained everything. He told me "you're paying me to do the worrying for you" and I truly felt he cared. I know he cared.
The Torrance DA (Some woman named Gillian) wanted to send me to jail for months because of some rule that says if you're driving as fast as I was you do a minimum of 2 months jail. I couldn't believe it. Derek wasn't having it. He fought with them, but they wouldn't budge. It was take the jail or go to trial.
We went to Trial.
I was scared to death when the jury was picked. Then Derek started doing his thing. He showed the jury another side. He showed the cops didn't know what they were doing and that they were lying. They didn't need to lie, but they did. Derek was clearly the smartest guy in the room. Everything they threw at us Derek blasted.
More than anything, Derek cared. He put his heart and soul into the case. He really cared what would happen to me. I wasn't just a client. He treated me like I was a member of his family on trial. The jury saw that and I won. MY CASE WAS DISMISSED!!!!!!!
Posted by anonymous
We hired Derek on 2 separate occasions for a family member. One was a DUI and the other a DV charge. Despite being handed many difficult situations by the client, the judge and D.A., Derek was able to literally pull out a few miracles. The client was able to get very lenient outcomes. Derek is a fighter and likes to win. Even better he doesn't like to lose, so if you need a good lawyer who will fight for you, hire Derek.
Posted by Brooke
I was dealing with a DUI refusal and I already have one DUI. Luckily Derek was referred to me and thanks to him my case was dismissed! He is tough and great at what he does, and I highly recommend him to any one in a similar situation.
P Voll, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Derek has proven time and time again that he will protect his clients from the strong arm of the government at all costs. He is a true believer who is not afraid to try any type of case to a jury. A true class act in every sense of the word.