Aliaquanda "Alia" Adkins-Derrick

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Dallas, TX

Derrick Law, PLLC
 | 3102 Maple Ave, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-960-4301
Fax: 972-476-1288
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Aliaquanda “Alia” Adkins-Derrick is the managing partner of Derrick Law, PLLC, a certified mediator, and an adjunct law school professor who educates tomorrow's attorneys.  For clients in the Dallas and Houston, Texas metropolitan areas, she is a dedicated legal advocate who handles employment law cases as well as matters involving civil litigation, contracts, business law, employment and labor.  She offers clients the smart legal defense, solutions, and representation they need at the exceptional value they deserve.  

Ms. Adkins-Derrick attended Rice University, where she majored in Spanish and history with an emphasis in education. In 2003, she received her Bachelor of Arts and Texas Teacher Certification. At the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, she then obtained a Juris Doctor in 2007 and under the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code became certified as a mediator. Previously, she was a briefing attorney for a Texas Supreme Court Justice and gained a wealth of experience regarding how the courtroom works and how it applies to her clients.

Admitted to practice in the State of Texas and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas, Ms. Adkins-Derrick represents the rights of her clients by minimizing legal risks with quality representation and foresight. A regular speaker at business conferences, she counsels clients across industries and professions and helps them prepare for changes to laws that affect their business policies, procedures or practices.

In 2017, she was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine. Ms. Adkins-Derrick is a Texas Bar Association Life Fellow and was named to the Lawyers of Color Hot List in 2014. She also joined the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society of attorneys and judges, in 2013 and is a Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (30%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Labor Law

Business/Corporate (30%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts, Business Organizations

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Employment Litigation (20%): Employment Law - Employer

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Labor Law, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts, Business Organizations, Litigation, Employment Law - Employer

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019

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About Aliaquanda Adkins-Derrick

Admitted: 2007, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://dlgam.com/about-us/

Honors/Awards:

  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star three consecutive years, 2016 - 2018 
  • 2014 Recognized among the best trained attorneys in Texas
  • 2011-2012 Associate Member of the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
  • 2005 Texas Law Fellowship Recipient (Peer Recognition)
  • 2015 Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2013-2014 Elected, from among the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys
  • 2011 State Bar of Texas Leadership SBOT Class
  • 2003-04 Outstanding First Year Teacher Award
  • 2017 Recognized by D Magazine as a “2017 Best Lawyers in Dallas” for Labor & Employment
  • 2014 Named to the Lawyers of Color Hot List
  • 2013 Jack Sun Walker Award
  • 2011 Dallas Bar Foundation Life Fellow
  • 2003 Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Mediator under Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Courts for the Southern Districts of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Western Districts of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • United States District Courts for the Northern Districts of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Member
  • J.L. Turner Legal Association
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern Districts of Texas
  • Houston Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founding Member and Executive Committee Member of Dallas’ premier “The N.E.W. Roundtable” group of in-house and private practice women attorneys (Present); former Mentoring & Outreach Committee Chair (2015)
  • Urban League of Greater Dallas Young Professionals & Houston Area Urban Leagues Young Professionals Volunteer
  • Dallas’ & Houston’s Volunteer Lawyers Program and Legal Lines Pro Bono Attorney
  • Rice University: ARUBA Board Member at Large (2015); Alumni MVP Liaison, Admissions Interviewer, & Bush Community Building Award Committee Member
  • Volunteer in quarterly Fifth Ward Community Beautification, Clean Up, and Outreach Projects

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “I See Working People: Now What Should[n’t] I Do?” a look at Recent Trends in Enforcement of Fair Labor Standards Act at February 2014 assembly of the Houston Chapter of the American Payroll Association
  • “Are You Prepared? Health Care Reform Changes” at a 2013 business conference
  • “Employment Law Update: Healthcare, 401(k) Plan Fee Disclosures and Fiduciary Responsibilities, and Other Recent Changes” at the Houston Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Foundation’s 2012 CFO/Controller Conference
  • “Combating Early Exits: How Effective Mentorship Increases Retention & Diversity” at the 2011 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting's “LeadershipSBOT” Seminar
  • “As the Federal Rules World Turns: Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Now Affecting Federal Practice” at a 2011 CLE presentation
  • “The High Cost of NDAs in the Age of #MeToo: What Every Employer Must Know About the New Tax Law. – Mar. 2018
  • “The High Cost of NDAs in the Age of #MeToo: What Every Employer Must Know About the New Tax Law. – Mar. 2018
  • Salaried Today, Hourly Employee Tomorrow: 4 Million Reasons Companies Should Prepare Now for New Overtime Laws & Three Effective Steps to Compliance – 2016
  • Divorce-Proofing Your Business: 4 Effective Steps to Help Ensure Your Business Survives In Event of Divorce –published and presented at the DAYL’s 2016 Small Business Symposium – 2016
  • Co-authored “Landmines in Settlement, Separation, & Severance Agreements” with Marcia N. Jackson –later presented at the Texas Bar’s 23rd Annual Advanced Employment Law Course – 2015.
  • A Tale of Equal Pay Laws to Come? How Two New Executive Actions for Federal Contractors Could Eventually Affect All Employers – 2014
  • “Big Deal? How the NLRB’s [(National Labor Relations Board)] Recent Decision Limits the Confidentiality of All Employer HR Investigations” – 2012
  • Co-authored “Targeted Advertising: Tracking Online Activity and the Privacy Debate” with Kathleen LaValle which was later presented at the 2009 Texas State Bar Public Utility Law Section Seminar
  • Co-authored “2008-09 Banking Law Updates” CLE presentation
  • “Taking Care of ^Legal Business: C.Y.A. Tips to Protect Your Thriving Business” at Greenhouse Academy– Mar. 2018
  • “Growth Hacks Every Business Owner Should Know to Achieve the Big 3: Success, Profits, & Longevity” at Frost Bank’s Growing Small Businesses Breakfast Seminar – Sept. 2017
  • “Asset Today, Liability Tomorrow: Small Business Killers & C.Y.A. Tips to Avoid Legal Ruin” at 2017 Small Business Expo - Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce – Aug. 2017
  • “When Opportunity Knocks . . . CYA with NDAs” at Small Business Development Center’s Biz Wake Up Call Series: Legal Workshop Featuring a Panel Discussion– Apr. 2017
  • “Asset Today, Liability Tomorrow: Labor & Employment Laws and Developments Every Small Business Needs to Know” at Frost Bank’s 2016 Small Business Workshop Series – Oct. 2016
  • “Taking Care of Your Legal Business: What Every Business Needs to Know.” at the SBDT’s 2016 Success in Business Seminar – June 2016
  • Divorce-Proofing Your Business: 4 Effective Steps to Help Ensure Your Business Survives In Event of Divorce –at the DAYL’s 2016 Small Business Symposium – June 2016
  • “5 Tips Every Business Owner Needs to Know to Avoid Legal & Financial Ruin! at Small Business Power Hours – April & May 2016
  • “Employ, Train, & Retain Your Next Rockstar: Legally” at Grove Dallas’ Speaker Series – Nov. 2015
  • “Legal Landmines: Tips to Protect Your Business From Legal Ruin.” at the SBDT’s 2015 Success in Business Seminar – Oct. 2015
  • “Know Your Rights: Tips for Tenants, Homeowners, & Potential Homebuyers” at UNIDOS Townhall Meeting – May 2015
  • US Supreme Court Update – spoke on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Its Impact on Employee Health Insurance at July 2014 CLE presentation.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Immigrant Advocate Award Finalist, 2018

Educational Background:

  • Rice University, Houston, TX, B.A. in History & Spanish; Education Emphasis│Texas Teacher Certification (8-12th Grade History), 2003
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Office Location for Aliaquanda "Alia" Adkins-Derrick

3102 Maple Ave, Suite 400
Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: 214-960-4301

Fax: 972-476-1288

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