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Derek G Medina

Family Attorney at Port Angeles, WA

3.1   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Derek

Learn Derek’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Family
    90%
    Divorce, Child Support, Parenting Plans, Custody, Alimony, Maintenance, Separation, Prenuptial, Adoption,

    24 years, 900 cases

  2. Landlord or tenant
    10%
    Landlord, Tenant, Eviction, Unlawful Detainer, Neighbor disputes, Tree Law, debt, Fair Debt Collections Practice Act,

    24 years, 75 cases

Derek G. Medina, attorney at law, received his law degree (Juris Doctorate) from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2000 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado with a double major in Political Science and International Affairs (with distinction), Phi Beta Kappa.

 

 

He is active in his community and has participated in the University of Colorado Legal Aid and Defender Program as well as the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic (East Side).  In 2001, he participated in the Washington State Bar Association's Law Day working with young students at a local Bellevue school.

 

Derek was born in Trinidad, Colorado and moved to Washington state for the first time in 1983.  He fell in love with the area and its people.  After moving back to Colorado during his high school and college years, he has returned and taken up residence in Port Angeles. 

Location

Law Office of Derek G. Medina
210 East Fifth St
Port Angeles, WA, 98362

Reviews

3.1 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
Posted by Wes | May 29, 2015
Custody - Parenting Plan
Mr. Medina represented me well in my case regarding custody and my parenting plan revision. I am a single non-custodial father that just wanted fair and equitable time with my kids. Their mother and I were working off an outdated parenting plan that had many holes in it. Derek was very good at helping promote fair change that was adopted into the new plan. We went to trial over differences due to the kids moving further away and Mr. Medina fought to minimize my pick-up travel distance. When the kids mother refused visitation after parenting plan revision, Derek ensured contempt was charged and i have had no visitation no-shows since. He is aggressive in court and knows how to put it all together to give proper representation. If provided good documentation by his clients, I am confident Mr. Medina can help you to reach a fair outcome that is in the best interest of your children.
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Posted by Mel | September 14, 2011
totally impressed, outstanding service!
Over the course of many years, I have required legal counsel in different states where I have resided. Therefore, I feel qualified in commenting on the quality of the legal services I have received from Mr. Derek Medina. I was, and still am, totally impressed with Mr. Derek Medina’s commitment to providing his clients with outstanding services (the best I have ever received). Mr. Medina’s responsiveness has been the most prompt that I have experienced from ANY legal counsel. Another trait of Mr. Medina’s that I feel is important to mention is his sincerity and focus about alleviating or solving his client’s issues. I am completely satisfied with the legal services I have received from Mr. Medina. Through his patient efforts, a very stressful and vexing, long-term problem was resolved. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Mr. Derek Medina as legal counsel.
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Posted by Mel | September 13, 2011
Comments on Derek G. Medina as counsel
Would I recommend Mr. Medina -- in a word, unequivocally yes! Over the course of many years, and having had the requirement for legal counsel in four states, I feel qualified to evaluate the quality of the legal services that I have received. I was, and still am, totally impressed with Mr. Medina's commitment to providing his clients with outstanding service (the best I have experienced). Mr. Medina's responsiveness has been the most prompt that I have experienced from ANY legal counsel. Another trait of Mr. Medina's that I feel is important to mention is his sincerity and focus about alleviating or solving his clients issues. I am completely satisfied with the legal services that I have received from Mr. Medina. Through his patient efforts, a very stressful and vexing long term problem was resolved.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2009
Keeps You Informed
Unlike the other lawyers I've had, Medina kept me informed on the status of my case, and what to expect on upcoming court proceedings.
Posted by Sean | October 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Staff Doesn't Care Stay Away
I made the mistake of hiring Derek Medena. He was terrible, my 1st hearing, nothing got accomplished. I should have cut my losses right there when all he did was stutter away, and literally helped the other party. (He did apologize for that) During the second hearing he told me to show up at the courthouse and after waiting there for over 45 minutes for him he wasn't there. When I called he stated to come to his office, where he did not defend me whatsoever. When the ruling came the feed on his phone cut out and could not understand the ruling. He stated that he will finalize it within 2 weeks. When the two weeks was approaching I called his office to find out the final ruling, and where I sit, and ask why didn't he defend me or bring up any of the issues when the other party just had to lie there way thru the hearing. I was told by his staff that they were out of town and that he has other more important clients. When I stated that had I known that his staff would not be in town and that my case wouldn't be taken seriously, I would have went to another lawyer that had staff and cared about my case. I got hung up on and told not not to contact his office again.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bad lawyer stay away
I hired him on short notice, had first consultation got a very bad vibe but tried him out on a divorce case. He did not communicate or explain things, he did do what I asked him today. He gave bad advice, and bad service. i could never reach him for response ( even though I had his iPhone cell so I now he got it and read it). In court he seamed I’ll prepared and manic in speaking, he rambled and got nothing accomplished. Very displeased and fired him, a waist of time, and $5k. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
No show lawyer
After trying multiple times to schedule a consultation and repeatedly leaving messages one of Mr. Medina’s secretaries FINALLY called back and scheduled a consultation. Mr. Medina had to reschedule once and we had to reschedule once. By the time we had found a time that worked we showed up to his office and waited. We waited over 40 minutes after confirming that he should be there and he still never showed up. On our third call we finally spoke with Mr. Medina and he cancelled. After my husband took a half a day off or work and waited 40+ minutes without so much as a sorry. If you have a serious case don’t waste your money on a no show lawyer.
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Response from Derek Medina June 26, 2018
I apologize for the miscommunication. I have made changes in the office to eliminate these scheduling issues. Namely, I have more office assistants to avoid the phone "tag" scenario. I have also made changes so that a potential client will know the extent of our services. That way everyone knows if I can help before even scheduling an appointment. I hope my changes will eliminate these inconveniences.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Law Office Of Barbara Varon
  • 2000 - 2001

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2000
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • Clallam County ProBono Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Clallam County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2012 - Present
  • Clallam County Pro Bono Lawyers
  • Volunteer
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Clallam County Bar Association
  • President-Elect (2013)
  • 2011 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2007
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Neighborhood Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Family Lawyer
  • 2000 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • King County Bar Association
  • Certificate of Volunteer for Neighborhood Legal Clinics
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Derek
Unknown Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked on the other side of a number of cases with Derek Medina. I always smile when I find out he's on board. He's a good man who works hard for his clients. He keeps me on my toes."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Derek Medina is a first class Family Law attorney who is dedicated to serving the needs of his clients and bringing order and guidance in what is oftentimes is one of the most difficult periods in individuals lives. From my personal observations, he is respected in the courts and very familiar with the day-to-day mechanics of our legal system. Moreover, he does not hesitate to challenge or back down from opposing counsels and works diligently not just for his clients, but with them."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Derek for several years and worked closely with him on various litigation matters and believe him to be an exceptional attorney and advocate for his clients. He has an uncanny way to simplify complex matters and he is excellent at truly caring for and guiding clients in their time of need. It takes a special kind of attorney to excel at Family Law and Derek has proven year after year that he deserves to be among Seattle's top Family Law Attorneys."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Derek is a very good lawyer. I often seek Derek's opinion and expertise on difficult legal matters."
Port Angeles Family Lawyer Derek G Medina
Derek G Medina
Family Attorney
Port Angeles, WA
Licensed for 23 years