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Paul A. Derks

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Fee, Smith & Sharp LLP
Three Galleria Tower, 13155 Noel Road, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75240
Phone: 972-980-3295
Fax: 972-934-9200
Email: Paul A. Derks
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011
Licensed in Texas Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Construction Litigation, Personal Injury - General: Defense
Attorney Profile

Mr. Derks is a partner with the firm and represents clients in matters ranging from contractual and tort claims to business losses and major construction liability and defect litigation. He has successfully defended products liability, commercial and business litigation and premises liability cases. Paul currently handles a broad range of civil defense litigation matters. Approximately seventy-five percent of his practice is dedicated to litigation. Paul represents both large and small business entities and individuals who find themselves involved in construction, products, premises and personal injury matters. Paul represents clientele from all segments of the construction industry and, in doing so, has handled matters involving all types of construction law issues. He practices in state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, arbitration and mediation. Paul regularly counsels clients in out-of-court resolution of disputes and interpretation of construction contracts.

In recognition of his accomplishments in the practice of law, Paul was recently named to the Texas Rising Stars list for 2011, an honor conferred on less than 5% of attorneys under the age of 40 in the State of Texas.

About Paul A. Derks

First Admitted: 1999, Oklahoma

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association


  • Rose Johnson, et. al. v. Journeyman Construction, L.P. — counsel representing general contractor on jobsite where fatality arose involving uncapped rebar and allegations of multimillion dollar damages.
  • Brown v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 58 P.3d at 217 (Okla. Civ. App. 2002)
  • Anland Block C v. Stamack Construction – defended general contractor for Bliss Spa in multi-million dollar claim allegedly caused by plumbing line leaks during the construction of the W Hotel in Dallas, TX.
  • Gene D. Yost & Son, Inc. v. Ingersoll-Rand, et. al. —counsel representing supplier of a component part incorporated into a mobile drilling rig destroyed in a fire allegedly arisingfrom defective products incorporated in the rig.
  • Milton v. Trizec et. al.—counsel representing Dallas Galleria in premises liability action.
  • Harlingen Medical Center v. Faulkner Construction, Inc. —counsel representing general contractor in a multimillion dollar dispute involving the construction of the Harlingen Medical Center.
  • Boynton v. Hayward Baker, Inc. —counsel defending claims involving alleged movement of soil underneath Plaintiff’s residential foundation.
  • Meghan Coves Ass’n v. Meghan Coves Prop., et al, 50 P.3d 226 (Okla. Civ. App. 2002).
  • Episcopal High School v. Melton Electric – defended subcontractor in $25 million dollar arbitration claim and was successful in obtaining summary judgment and attorneys’ fees on behalf of client.
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Office Location for Paul A. Derks

Three Galleria Tower
13155 Noel Road, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75240

Last Updated: 6/24/2022

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