My law license declares I am an attorney and counselor at law, and I take my role as a counselor very seriously. I work tirelessly to ensure my clients have all the facts and law to make the best decision for themselves or their business. If a client’s path leads us to a courtroom, I ensure the judge and jury have the relevant facts and law necessary to make the correct decision.
These have been my guiding principles since I first began practicing law. In my first year of practice, I was appointed by a judge to represent a client who was charged with a Class “C” felony. The client was an older gentleman who faced the prospect of spending the remainder of his life in prison. The evidence against him was significant, but he refused to go down without a fight. I was appointed to the case with the understanding it was a lost cause, but would be good experience for me. At trial, I highlighted the shaky credibility of the State’s witnesses, and the jury returned a verdict of “not guilty.”
I have continued to put these principles into practice throughout my career. I handle matters ranging from contract and real-estate disputes to defamation and products liability claims. Whether for individuals, small businesses or large corporations, I guide my clients through the litigation process with full knowledge of the risks involved and an eye towards the most comprehensive resolution.
- North Carolina State University – B.A. History; 2003, cum laude
- Campbell University School of Law – J.D. 2009, cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- North Carolina State Courts
- Virginia State Courts
- Western District of North Carolina
- Mecklenburg County Bar, Chair, Communications Committee, 2019
- Mecklenburg County Bar, Vice-Chair, Communications Committee, 2018
- Mecklenburg County Bar, Communications Committee, 2017
- Mecklenburg County Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Chair, 2016-2017
- North Carolina Bar Association
Awards and Recognition
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Civil Litigation – Defense (2020)
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Civil Litigation – Defense (2019)
- Board of Directors, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, 2017
- Interim Relief and International Commercial Arbitration in North Carolina: Where We Are and Where We Should be Looking, 30 Campbell L. Rev. 389 (2008)
We are pleased to announce that four Lincoln Derr attorneys have been selected to the 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state.
It is a high honor that Tricia Derr and Sara Lincoln were named to Top Lists, which is a distinction held by an elite group of recognized North Carolina attorneys.
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We are proud to announce that four Lincoln Derr attorneys were included in the Super Lawyers® 2019 List. Firm co-founders, Sara Lincoln and Tricia Derr, were once again named to the Super Lawyers 2019 List and Gwendolyn W. Lewis and Jeremy Sugg have been named to the...
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