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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Derrick A. De Vera

Derrick A. De Vera



  • IP Litigation
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability

WSG Practice Industries


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Washington, U.S.A.


As a born and raised Seattleite, Derrick De Vera understands and appreciates the Pacific Northwest economy and its drivers. He is a forceful, creative advocate for clients involved in business disputes and other contract issues throughout Washington.

Derrick represents clients of all sizes, including small-business owners in manufacturing and distribution, regional construction entities and professional services, and national companies with a local presence. His collaborative style helps him understand and pursue his clients’ big-picture goals.

Derrick’s strong community ties provide valuable insight into local courts and government operations. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked with current Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu at the King County Superior Court, and for former King County Council Member Larry Phillips. 

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Courts
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington


  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts degree, Communication and Political Science, cum laude (2012)
  • University of Washington School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (2015)
Areas of Practice

IP Litigation | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Professional Liability

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail Industry

  • Achieved cost-effective resolution of multi-party dispute for professional services client.
  • Secured multi-million dollar judgment and acquired assets for local lender.
  • Advised service distributors with state permitting requirements and compliance.
  • Protected manufacturing supplier’s contract interests.
  • Resolved federal class action dispute for small business entity.

Real Estate and Construction Industry

  • Prevailed on summary judgment motion regarding premises and property issues.  
  • Defended regional construction contractor in project dispute. 
  • Directed entities on free speech rights in state and national parks.
  • Coordinated client strategy in Trusts and Estates dispute avoiding costly litigation.
  • Represented national utility locator company during arbitration proceeding resulting in favorable settlement. 


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