Derrick L. Walker

Derrick Walker is an accomplished and experienced trial attorney in the Richmond, Virginia office of Allen & Allen. He has a solid track record in a wide array of personal injury matters including multi-million dollar awards in cases involving wrongful death, tractor trailer accidents, traumatic brain injury, and medical malpractice.

Since 2000, Derrick has represented clients in a diverse range of federal and state court cases consistently winning favorable outcomes for his clients at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. Highlights of his achievements include a $4.5 million award in a tractor trailer collision case, a $1.6 million award in a medical malpractice case involving the failure to diagnose renal cell carcinoma, and a $900,000 recovery in a wrongful death case involving a 15-passenger van rollover crash.

Derrick’s analytical approach makes him successful at grasping and tackling the complex medical and legal issues that his cases routinely involve. His approachable and confident nature aids him in effectively presenting complex concepts to judges and juries in order to help them understand what his clients have experienced. Derrick has an “AV” rating (the highest available) from the Martindale Hubbell attorney listing service and was selected as one of the Top 5% of Virginia attorneys by Virginia Super Lawyers in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Practice.

Dedicated to providing a platform for civil justice and preserving the right to trial by jury motivates Derrick to give back to his legal community. He is actively involved in the Board of Governors for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. Derrick is a frequent speaker on ethics and trial techniques. He attended the College of William & Mary graduating with a B.A. in Government and received his J.D. from the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond where he was the recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocate Award.

Experience

  • Trial Attorney - Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (2015 - Present)
  • Partner & Trial Attorney - Breit, Drescher & Imprevento (2010 - 2014)
  • Litigation Associate - Breit, Drescher & Imprevento (2004 - 2010)
  • Litigation Associate - Durrette Bradshaw PLC (2000 - 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • Licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts – Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

Education

  • J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond (2000)
  • B.A., Government, College of William and Mary (1994)

Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2017)
  • Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers (2013 – Present)
  • Listed as “Rising Star” in Virginia Super Lawyers (2007 – 2012)
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell (highest possible rating)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocate Award

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Governor-at-Large
    • Chair - Federal Liaison
    • Past Chair - Diversity Committee
    • Past Chair - Fundraising Committee
    • Past Chair - Membership Committee
    • Past Chair - Insurance Legislative Subcommittee
    • Strategic Planning Committee
    • VTLA PAC Trustee
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of American Trial Lawyers)
    • Virginia Governor to the AAJ Board of Governors (2010 – 2012)
    • Minority Caucus Delegate to the AAJ Board of Governors (2013)
    • Member - Election Committee
    • Member - Membership Oversight Committee
  • Boyd Graves Conference (2008 – present)
  • Appointed to the Virginia Model Jury Instruction Committee

Presentations and Published Works

  • Bread and Butter of Every Legal Practice - Rethinking Your Approach to Discovery and Motions CLE Program: Drafting Persuasive Motions in Limine: AAJ Winter Convention (Palm Springs 2015)
  • Sources of Coverage Seminar: The Family Automobile Policy (Roanoke 2014)
  • Use of Analogies in Closing Argument, VTLA Masters of Advocacy Seminar (Norfolk 2013)
  • Ethical Considerations in Cloud Computing, AAJ Jazz Fest Seminar (New Orleans 2012)
  • Ethical Considerations in Cloud Computing, AAJ Winter Convention (Miami February 2012)
  • Ethical Use of Social Networking for Trial Lawyers, AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Section Seminar (Las Vegas October 2011)
  • Effective Use of Medical Illustrations, VTLA May Tort Seminar (Norfolk May 2011)
  • Defense Medical Exam Orders, AAJ Jazz Fest Auto Seminar (New Orleans April 2011)
  • Habit and Character Evidence, VTLA Evidence CLE (Norfolk October 2011)
  • The Real Low Down on High/Lows, Mary Carter Agreements, and Other Skullduggery VTLA Journal (Presented VTLA Annual Convention (March 2009)
  • Jury Trials 101 Virginia Poverty Law Center, Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference, (Norfolk November 2008)

Case Results

SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS IN ALL CASES DEPEND ON VARIOUS FACTORS AND CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH ARE UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. THEREFORE, PAST RESULTS IN CASES ARE NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION OF SIMILAR RESULTS IN FUTURE CASES WHICH THE ALLEN LAW FIRM AND ITS LAWYERS MAY UNDERTAKE.

  • Tractor trailer collision resulting in traumatic brain injury. $6,500,000
  • Tractor trailer accident involving pedestrian. $4,500,000
  • Medical malpractice case involving general surgeon’s failure to timely operate on a patient with a complete small bowel obstruction resulting in sepsis and death. $1,600,000
  • Wrongful death medical malpractice case involving an anesthesiologist’s failure to properly intubate an obstetrical patient during an emergency c-section. $1,350,000
  • Medical malpractice case involving radiologist’s failure to diagnose a renal cell carcinoma clearly visible on CT-scan. $1,500,000
  • Medical malpractice case involving obstetrician’s failure to manage a shoulder dystocia resulting in a brachial plexus injury. $900,000
  • 15-passenger van rollover accident resulting in wrongful death. $900,000
  • Medical malpractice case involving failure to diagnose and treat acute coronary syndrome. $800,000
  • Medical malpractice case involving emergency room doctor and PA's failure to diagnose a ruptured popliteal artery aneurysm leading to a below-the-knee amputation. $700,000
  • Wrongful death caused by food borne illness. $500,000
  • Infant scald injury resulting from faulty water heater repair. $310,000
  • Tractor trailer collision resulting in post concussive syndrome. $300,000
  • Nursing home negligence case involving a failure to follow patient’s prescribed soft mechanical diet resulting in choking death. $300,000
  • Commercial delivery company struck pedestrian with hand cart causing pelvic fractures. $250,000
  • Dermatology lab error resulting in erroneous diagnosis of melanoma. $165,000

Community Service

  • Member - Board of Directors, Virginia Poverty Law Center

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