About Us


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 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.

Our Advantage    |   Our Diversity   |   Our History   |   Our Values

Our Advantage

As a firm, our strength lies in our experience. We are trial attorneys. It’s in our blood, and it means 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.

Our attorneys represent some of the largest healthcare providers, municipalities and Fortune 500 companies throughout the Southeast. We have handled a wide range of matters, from breach of contract to construction defects, professional negligence to catastrophic personal injury, and municipal liability to complex business disputes. We’ve logged more than 10,000 hours in the courtroom and 150-plus years of combined practice experience.

Case Studies


Caution — Coffee is Hot

Serving hot coffee became a liability back in the 1990s. The case involved an elderly woman and a cup of piping hot coffee from McDonald’s. The woman won. McDonald’s had to pay, and suddenly, coffee purveyors across the country were unofficially on notice: Keep temperatures in check, or else. In 2015, Tricia Derr and her team put that liability to the test.

Conflict of Interest

In any case, every witness needs to be thoroughly questioned, even the experts. Sara Lincoln found that out firsthand in a case involving the right medical device to use in sinus surgery. Opposing counsel brought in an expert witness who championed the use of one device above all others. As our co-founder soon found out, that witness was also a paid representative of one of that device’s leading manufacturers.

Our Diversity

The law has a reputation for being mostly white and largely male. Our firm turns that stereotype on its head. At Lincoln Derr, women and minorities make up the majority of our team, creating an inclusive atmosphere in which our individual differences are recognized as an underutilized resource rather than a paralyzing obstacle. Our culture promotes and rewards mutual respect, collaboration and the free-flowing exchange of ideas, for the benefit of our team and our clients.

As the first North Carolina law firm member of the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms “NAMWOLF,” we understand our affiliation aligns us nationally with exceptional law firms and in-house counsel supporting diversity and inclusion. We are proud to have developed relationships with numerous corporations through NAMWOLF and strive to provide high-quality legal representation while fulfilling their supplier diversity initiatives.

Lincoln Derr has been a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council “WBENC” since 2012. We believe WBENC certification identifies us as a company that believes in the power of women to stimulate economic growth. We actively participate in the programming opportunities and resources offered by WBENC.

Lincoln Derr History


Sara Lincoln and Tricia Derr launch Lincoln Derr, with an emphasis on trial experience, diversity and value.


Lincoln Derr moves to 6000 Fairview Rd. in Charlotte to accommodate growth.


Lincoln Derr joins The National Association for Women and Minority-Owned Law firms and becomes the first North Carolina member firm.


Tricia Derr installed as President of the Mecklenburg County Bar.


Tricia Derr scores a victory in the second “hot coffee case,” winning on behalf of Starbucks.


Lincoln Derr launches The Gift of Giving, a firm-wide focus on community investment.


Lincoln Derr moves into The Capital Towers Building in the heart of SouthPark.


Lincoln Derr takes over neighboring office space in Capitol Towers more than doubling square feet.


Sara Lincoln is inducted into the American College of Trial Attorneys.


Sara Lincoln featured on the cover of Super Lawyers Magazine.


Lincoln Derr celebrates a decade in business and a firm that has grown from two attorneys to 10.


Tricia Derr becomes licensed South Carolina Bar at the request of a long-time client.

Our Values

We are Local

We know our juries and our court system, local nuances and laws. Even better, we know our opponents. As our firm has grown throughout the Southeast, so has our reputation for being deeply rooted in the communities we serve. We now represent clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

We are Prepared

In the law, details matter. That’s why our attorneys pour everything into the process of preparing for a case. We study the facts. We enlist experts to decode the deeper meaning. And we analyze the competition. When we walk into the courtroom, we are ready for anything.

We are Versatile

We believe the best way to resolve a case is to be prepared to win in the courtroom. By creating a trial strategy that incorporates strategic settlement planning, we deliver unparalleled service to our clients — and save them millions.

We are Efficient

With 150 years of combined legal experience, Lincoln Derr attorneys never “train” on your dime. We’re good at what we do — really good. That, along with our tech-forward business models, allows us to operate effectively and efficiently, which provides our clients with the best possible value.

We’ve told you a little about us. Now we want to learn about you. If you need legal representation, contact us today to find out how we can help.