• Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2002),  
  • University of Delaware (B.A., 1999)

bar admissions

  • Georgia
  • Florida

court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts
  • Georgia State Courts
M. Derek Harris

M. Derek Harris


Derek Harris handles commercial litigation matters in state and federal court, including all phases of discovery, motions practice, hearings, and bench and jury trials. He has served as lead counsel on cases in multiple areas of law, including bankruptcy, construction, government regulation, and real estate litigation.

Mr. Harris also provides legal assistance at mediation, conducts settlement negotiations, and provides advice on matters involving gaming laws, insurance, utilities, and zoning. His practice focuses on business torts, class actions, complex commercial litigation, healthcare litigation, product liability, and real estate litigation.

Mr. Harris has been named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a "40 Under 40 Up & Comer" and by Florida Trend’s as a 2014 “Up & Comer.”  Derek is a past Fellow in the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity's Fellows Program, he served as an Associate Editor for ABA Litigation News, and has been actively involved in many Bar and Civic organizations. Much of his pro bono work has involved representing children with delinquency, early intervention, and educational neglect issues; helping them get on track to achieve academic and personal success.