Derek S. Andrews

Derek S. Andrews

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Colonie, NY

Nave Law Firm
 | 125 Wolf Rd, Suite 124
Colonie, NY 12205
Phone: 518-459-1223
Fax: 518-453-1033
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2013
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Derek Andrews, an attorney with Nave Law Firm, has a demonstrated track record of litigating cases in the courtroom. He prides himself on being a young, intelligent and aggressive attorney who is motivated to actively advocate for each of his clients. He approaches each of his client’s cases as unique and treats each person as his equal. Derek found that his experiences growing up in a military family and moving from state to state on a regular basis molded him into a flexible and approachable attorney whom anyone can trust.

Whether it be pursuing a quick resolution through negotiation or litigating a case before a judge and jury, Derek is always trying his hardest to get the best result. He understands, though, that the best result changes from person to person and he crafts a strategy to suit that client.

When not active in the courtroom, Derek regularly spends his time researching developments in the law and incorporating new knowledge into his practice so that he can better represent his clients. He has even spoken to students at Syracuse University College of Law about maintaining an interest in pro bono activities and the importance of client counseling.

He has been sought after for comments on DWI and criminal defense-related issues in articles published by USA Today-College Edition, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest. Derek has also been invited to lecture on the effects of DWI on the community and negotiation skills and client counseling in the field of criminal defense.


Graduating magna cum laude in three years, Derek obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree with a major in history and a minor in pre-law from Western New Mexico University in 2009. He then quickly moved to Syracuse University College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2012.

During law school, Derek diversified his educational experience by obtaining a certificate in national security and counterterrorism, clerking for the Federal Public Defender's Capital Habeas Unit for the District of Nevada where he worked on death row inmate cases, and working for the Securities Arbitration and Consumer Law Clinic at Syracuse Law.

Since graduating from law school, Derek further honed his skills in the courtroom by attending the New York State Bar Association’s annual trial academy held each year at Cornell Law School.

Professional Experience

Derek has seen both sides of the civil litigation world when he worked for a plaintiff's toxic tort firm in Utica, New York and then an insurance defense firm in Syracuse, New York. He then fell in love with the courtroom when practicing criminal defense for another firm in Syracuse. At that firm is where he learned how to represent real people facing real issues who need a true advocate. He now brings years of litigation and courtroom experience from several different practice areas, honed even further following a year's practice in New York City courts, to bear on the cases handled by the Nave Law Firm.

Bar and Court Admissions

Derek is admitted to practice in New York state courts and the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of the United State District Court for the State of New York. He is affiliated with several professional organizations including the New York State Bar Association, Albany County Bar Association, and the New York State Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers. To help protect the interests and rights of fellow New Yorkers, Derek actively participates in NYSACDL’s Legislative Committee by reviewing proposed criminal procedure and penal laws in the New York Senate and Assembly and then advocating for or against passage of those laws.


About Derek Andrews

Admitted: 2013, New York

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Office Location for Derek S. Andrews

125 Wolf Rd
Suite 124
Colonie, NY 12205

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Last Updated: 8/14/2019

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