Paul Derrick is a Partner in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, where his practice focuses on labor and employment law and litigation. He regularly provides preventive and strategic advice and litigates individual and multi-plaintiff claims for breaches of restrictive covenants, unfair competition and theft of trade secrets, discrimination of all types, retaliation, employment-related torts, wage-hour, and more.
Paul began his legal career as a trial attorney in the National Labor Relations Board’s regional office in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the two decades since leaving government practice, he has successfully represented employers across the country before federal and state courts, administrative and investigative agencies, and arbitration tribunals concerning a broad range of employment law and constitutional issues.
Paul also assisted in the development and prosecution of a successful civil racketeering case against nearly 500 defendants and he has handled class action lawsuits involving a wide variety of alleged violations. In 2008, he was selected as a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America. LCA is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
Paul is a presenter for several national seminar organizations and regularly trains in-house counsel, human resource professionals, and managers on supervisory issues, positive employee relations, and related topics. He is a longtime supporter of many professional and civic entities and is widely published on a variety of labor and employment topics.
New York (pending)
United State Supreme Court
U. S. Court of Appeals - 4th Circuit
U. S. Court of Appeals - 5th Circuit
U. S. Court of Appeals - 6th Circuit
Many U. S. district courts
University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D. 1988)
Newberry College (B.A., Economics, 1979)
Areas of Practice
- Business Torts
- Class Action
- Labor & Employment Law
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