Derek S. Hollingsworth

Derek S. Hollingsworth

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Houston, TX

Drumheller, Hollingsworth & Monthy, LLP
 | 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2428
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-751-2300
Fax: 713-751-2310
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2005 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1997
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • General Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

Derek Hollingsworth is a gifted trial lawyer who has handled a number of high-stakes, high-profile cases. He helped famed pitcher Roger Clemens win an acquittal of federal perjury charges and represented the Arthur Andersen accounting firm amid the Enron scandal. He helped conduct a court of inquiry that led to jail time and disbarment of a former prosecutor for his role in the conviction of Michael Morton, a man exonerated by DNA evidence. And he represented a cancer doctor accused of poisoning her lover in a case that dominated Houston news coverage for weeks.

Derek says that what’s most satisfying in his work is representing someone who has truly been treated the wrong way and then winning that case. “Winning can come in several ways. It might be a great settlement. It might be winning a jury trial. Or it might be convincing the government to dismiss charges against a client. I’ve had all those things happen,” he says. “And it is the most rewarding moment when your client looks at you with tears in their eyes, gives you a hug and says, ‘Thank you, you truly helped me.’”

Derek graduated first in his class from Baylor Law School, then clerked for Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen. A year later, he joined the Dallas law firm of Hughes & Luce in the commercial civil litigation section, but he yearned for more courtroom trial work. He got a job with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he was immersed in criminal trial work.

Derek formed his own trial boutique firm in 2018 and coninues to represent corporations and individuals in high-stakes civil and criminal matters across the United States.

About Derek Hollingsworth

Admitted: 1997, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Top Lists - The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; Selected to Texas Super Lawyers list, 2014-2015, sponsored by Thomson Reuters; Texas Rising Stars list, 2005-2011, sponsored by Thomson Reuters; National Order of Barristers; Certified Public Accountant.      

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Passed C.P.A. exam on first sitting

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Professional Memberships: State Bar of Texas; Federal Bar Association, Houston Chapter - Board member, Head of the pro bono committee; Texas Young Lawyers Association; Houston Young Lawyer’s Association; Houston Bar Association - Council Member, Criminal Law & Procedure Section; Texas District and County Attorney’s Association.
  • Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas--President Elect  
  • Court Admissions: U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Spring Branch/Memorial Sports Association--Area Commissioner and Coach Federal Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee Chair, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Section 1446: Remedying the Fifth Circuit’s Removal Trap, Baylor Law Review, Winter 1997, Vol. 49, No.1  
  • Supreme Court Update, Texas State Bar Appellate Litigation Course, 1998  
  • Texas Lawyer, “A View from the Dugout at the Roger Clemens Trial,” Aug. 20, 2012, article bylined with Andy Drumheller and Jeremy Monthy.  
  • UT Law Trial Skills Training Camp, CLE panel presentation on “Voir Dire: Finding Your Enemies,” Oct. 23, 2015.


  • Commercial Litigation - Represented accounting firm Arthur Andersen in complex securities class actions and dozens of other civil suits arising from the financial collapse of Enron Corp..   Represented Nan Ya Plastics Corp., a major Taiwanese corporation, in a theft of trade secrets case filed in Houston, Texas. After aggressively challenging the plaintiff’s claims for more than $400 million in damages, negotiated a settlement that was significantly less than Nan Ya’s remaining defense costs. The terms were so favorable that the remaining defendant, Formosa Plastics Corp., retained our firm as co-counsel to represent them at trial.   Represented Osprey Petroleum Co. in its breach of contract and fraud claims against Unocal, which arose out of a joint venture involving drilling and completion work for several oil and gas wells.   Represented a major land development company, Camcorp Inc., and its residential homebuilding company, Legend Homes Corp., in over 20 commercial litigation matters over the past 10 years. Among many favorable results was a complete win for the client after a one-month jury trial. In another matter that proceeded through arbitration, the plaintiff eventually dismissed all claims and paid Legend’s defense costs.   Represented Flite Banking Centers, a start-up company in Houston, winning an evidentiary temporary injunction hearing in a commercial litigation matter. After winning the hearing, the opposing side dismissed all claims.   Represented Bank of Houston in a commercial litigation matter that resulted in a week-long jury trial.     
  • Personal Injury - Represented a young woman who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in the parking garage of the Houston Galleria. The case settled for a confidential amount.   Represented the family of a young boy who tragically drowned in a swimming pool. Negotiated a confidential settlement before suit was even filed.   Represented the family of a man who was killed when a reckless truck driver rear-ended his vehicle. Won court ruling that insurance company was liable and achieved settlement that fairly compensated the family.   Represented a young boy who fell from a dangerous, three-story spiral staircase attached to a public building. Obtained a confidential settlement against the property owner.   Represented a young man in sexual abuse suit against a local church and private school for negligence after failing to investigate known complaints of sexual abuse against a teacher. Obtained a confidential settlement.    
  • Public Figures - Assisted in Court of Inquiry into the actions of a former District Attorney accused of hiding evidence that led to the wrongful murder conviction and nearly 25-year prison sentence for Michael Morton, who was later exonerated by DNA evidence. The inquiry led to jail time for the former prosecutor, Ken Anderson, who was later disbarred.
  • Criminal Defense - Represented Dr. Ana Maria Gonzales-Angulo, a cancer doctor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in her high-profile jury trial on charges that she poisoned her lover’s coffee. Client was sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault for a case in which she faced a potential life sentence.   Represented major league baseball pitcher Roger Clemens in winning an acquittal at the end of a two-month federal trial in Washington, D.C., in which Clemens was charged with perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements. The charges stemmed from accusations of steroid use by Clemens’ former trainer.   Successfully represented former Houston Rocket and NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy, who was charged with aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child. After a five-week jury trial, the jury acquitted Mr. Murphy on all counts in a little more than two hours.   Achieved favorable outcome for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, accused of reckless injury to his 4-year-old son. Peterson avoided jail time in a plea agreement on a misdemeanor charge.   Represented suspended NASCAR driver Kurt Busch amid domestic abuse allegations by his former girlfriend. No criminal charges were ever filed.  

Educational Background:

  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law, magna cum laude and first in class, 1997
  • B.B.A., Baylor University, 1993
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Office Location for Derek S. Hollingsworth

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2428
Houston, TX 77002

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Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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