We created our firm to offer diversity, trial experience and value. That was the foundation for Lincoln Derr, and it continues to guide our firm now. Learn more about our vision, our diversity, our history & the advantages of working with us.
Our co-founder Tricia Derr took on the second “hot coffee” case to hit the nation. This time, the allegations came from a police officer who claimed that, though he received a cup of Starbucks coffee for free, it spilled on him and he sustained third-degree burns. He wanted to hold Starbucks accountable, but Derr found his story didn’t add up.
Our attorneys represent some of the largest healthcare providers, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the Southeast. We’ve logged more than 10,000 hours in the courtroom and 150-plus years of combined practice experience.
The relationship between client and attorney is an intimate one. It requires commitment and time, vulnerability, and trust. And you don’t know if there is a “fit” unless you survey the competitive landscape.
The Lincoln Derr Advantage
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Recent News & Articles
In this episode of Trying 2 Win, Sara Lincoln and Tricia Derr talk with recently retired Superior Court Judge Jesse Caldwell III about life on and off the bench.
Judge Caldwell, who has nearly 50 years of courtroom experience, visited us for a follow-up interview to Unfurling the ‘scarlet thread of justice’ with Judge Jesse Caldwell III. He opens up about moments of levity, strange occurrences, and surprises throughout his career. His recollections include cell phones going off, ceiling tiles falling on Girl Scouts, bailiffs kissing lawyers, and everything in between. “Almost 50 years worth of stories and a lot of good justice that was done,” he says.
In this episode of Trying 2 Win, Sara Lincoln and Tricia Derr talk with recently retired Superior Court Judge Jesse Caldwell III, who has nearly 50 years of courtroom experience that culminated in a 28-year stint as a Superior Court judge in Gaston County, making him the longest-serving Superior Court Judge in the division.
Dubbed “the renaissance man” by Tricia, Judge Caldwell has many interests that he feels have helped him both on the bench and as a lawyer. He’s an actor, writer, foodie, and preacher who said his biggest interest is the people in his community…
Tricia Derr has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.
The induction ceremony at which Tricia Derr became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 687 (including both in-person and virtual attendees) during the recent Annual Meeting of the College in Chicago, Illinois…
On behalf of our co-founder Sara Lincoln, we’d like to announce some big news: Sara has been named president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA).
Sara has served as a member of the organization since 1996 and began serving on the NCADA board in the early 2000s. Her new position of leadership in the organization comes at an important time, both for NCADA and the legal profession as a whole.
“Sara came into her role as President of the NCADA at a time when the trial practice and legal industry is experiencing accelerated change,” says Lynette Pitt, Executive Director of NCADA…
Has the clock started running on my foreign judgment? In a recent decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, a panel unanimously held that the 10-year period for enforcement of a foreign judgment accrues on the date…
Did you get my email? Let's talk about Powell v. Cartret. An unpublished opinion from the Court of Appeals often garners little attention. The fact it is unpublished means it is not “controlling legal authority”. The Court’s refusal to make it a published opinion...
Meet The Team
Heather Fuller, a seasoned litigator with extensive federal experience, has handled cases in courts across the United States. Her innovative approach to each case, coupled with her sound judgment and ability to solve complex problems, makes her a strong advocate for her client.
Tara's expertise is in customer service and client connection, and she is the "Director of First Impressions" at the firm. She greets our clients and provides support to the team. Her talents go beyond the traditional receptionist role ranging from event planning to technical support.