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I started my legal career as a child sleeping on the floors of courtrooms while my father argued cases.  This is how I spent my summers till I started working in my father and grandfather's law firm.  Law is the only thing I know how to do.  I practice in the field of my father and grandfather (social security disability) as well as criminal defense.    I have found preparation, respect, and confidence to be the keys to a favorable result in any case.  My father told me the secret to winning a case is to be "kind to everyone, know the most about your case, and be the smartest guy in the room".  This is what I strive for each and everytime I walk into a courtroom.  I have found this strategy works well. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Jonathan Pierre Lacour

    One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • P Jeffrey Voll

    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.


    P Voll Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

429 Santa Moncia Blvd Ste 210
Santa Monica, CA, 90402


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising starLos Angeles magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
graduate of the college's course taught at Harvard law schoolNational College for DUI Defense2011
NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test PractitionerLa PIer and Associates2010
NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test PractitionerLa Pier and Associates2010
specialist membercalifornia dui lawyer association2009
admission to practiceunited states district court southern district of california2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Supervising AttorneyLaw Offices of Devermont and Devermont2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationN/A2008 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseN/A2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2008 - Present
Criminal Courts Bar Associationmember2008 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal Justicemember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. C.E.Case Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of West Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Suppression of blood evidence in a criminal caseSuppression of blood evidence in a criminal case2016
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Social Security Law SectionSocial Security Disability trial strategies2011