Lincoln Derr is a civil litigation firm built for today’s world.

It began back in 2009 when Sara Lincoln and Tricia Derr — both seasoned and accomplished trial attorneys — came together to create a new kind of law firm. They saw a need in the industry and a demand among clients for an alternative to the big, institutional law firms — one that offered diversity, trial experience, innovation, and value. That was the foundation for Lincoln Derr, and it continues to guide our firm now as we continue to grow and win for our clients.

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General Litigation

One of the most difficult parts of business is expecting the unexpected and managing liability. To maintain peace of mind, you need a legal partner who can think ahead.

Business Litigation

To build a business that thrives, you need insight from attorneys who understand your industry at the state and federal level and simplify these concepts into a direct course of action.

Healthcare Liability

For healthcare providers and practitioners, allegations of wrongdoing aren’t just business – they’re intensely personal. Providers need experienced advocates to make an uncomfortable process as comfortable as possible.

Construction Law

Construction projects are complicated at all stages. Disputes are prevalent. Maintaining a foothold requires an attorney with a concrete understanding of diverse issues that often arise. Let us help keep your project on track.

Products Liability

When a product is involved in any loss, it’s easy to point fingers at the manufacturer/seller. Our team deconstructs details to identify the true cause of the injury. Products liability cases require an understanding of medicine in personal injury cases and business valuation in economic loss cases. We have both.

Our Podcast: Trying 2 Win

Rarely do you find a legal podcast as raw, candid, and powerful as Trying 2 Win, a show about real-life legal battles inside and outside the courtroom. Sara Lincoln and Tricia Derr, co-founders of Lincoln Derr, have practiced law for more than 25 years. In building an enviable track record of success, they’ve also collected incredible stories.

In Trying 2 Win, they share those stories, covering everything from early successes and failures to diversity in the courtroom, challenging witness interrogations, and more. They also host special guests who share their unique experiences, whether building a case behind the scenes or fighting it out in court. New to your law career or a seasoned veteran, this is the legal podcast you’ve been waiting for. It’s everything you wish they taught you in law school and so much more.

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June 20, 2022
Sara Lincoln Recognized at NCADA Annual Meeting
By Lincoln Derr

The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (“NCADA”) Awards Committee unanimously voted to name Sara Lincoln as the recipient of the 2022 Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Sara was presented with the award at the 45th Annual Meeting on […]

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June 17, 2022
Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Skirt Requirement for Girls
By Heather Fuller

Skirts (dresses) Not Required

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently struck down a North Carolina charter school’s dress code requirement that female students wear skirts, skorts, or jumpers. The 10-6 ruling in Peltier v. Charter Day School Inc. determined that the charter school, which receives 95% of its funding from federal, state, and local governments, is a state actor and thereby subject to the Constitution. The full panel concluded that the gender-specific dress code violated the Equal Protection Clause and may violate Title IV of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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June 6, 2022
Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict for Lincoln Derr
By Lincoln Derr

Lincoln Derr is pleased to announce that Tricia Derr, paralegal Christian Whittington, and co-counsel Adam Peoples (of Hall Booth Smith) recently secured a medical malpractice defense verdict in a three-week jury trial litigated in Asheville, North Carolina. This recent result marks the third defense verdict for Lincoln Derr in the last month.

The case was a wrongful death case involving an intraoperative complication. During surgery, the surgeon attempted to clip an artery with a device. The device did not control the bleeding and the patient suffered extensive hemorrhage that caused her death.

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The Lincoln Derr
Advantage

As a firm, our strength lies in our experience. We are trial attorneys. It’s in our blood, and we fight hard for our clients, no matter what — even if a case never sees the inside of a courtroom. That’s the Lincoln Derr Advantage.

We represent some of the largest healthcare providers, municipalities, retailers, and public utilities in the country. From breach of contract to construction defects, professional negligence to licensure issues, product liability to commercial real estate disputes, our institutional knowledge and experience reign supreme. Logging more than 10,000 courtroom hours and 150-plus years of combined practice experience, we bring it. Every. Single. Time. #LDAdvantage

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