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Year founded: 2009
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As a firm, our strength lies in our experience. We are trial attorneys. It’s in our blood, and it means we fight hard for our clients, no matter what — even if a case never sees the inside of a courtroom. That’s the Lincoln Derr Advantage.

Our attorneys represent some of the largest healthcare providers, municipalities and Fortune 500 companies throughout the Southeast. We have handled a wide range of matters, from breach of contract to construction defects, professional negligence to catastrophic personal injury, and municipal liability to complex business disputes. We’ve logged more than 10,000 hours in the courtroom and 150-plus years of combined practice experience.

The law has a reputation for being mostly white and largely male. Our firm turns that stereotype on its head. At Lincoln Derr, women and minorities make up the majority of our team, creating an inclusive atmosphere in which our individual differences are recognized as an underutilized resource rather than a paralyzing obstacle. Our culture promotes and rewards mutual respect, collaboration and the free-flowing exchange of ideas, for the benefit of our team and our clients.

We know our juries and our court system, local nuances and laws. Even better, we know our opponents. As our firm has grown throughout the Southeast, so has our reputation for being deeply rooted in the communities we serve. We now represent clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

We believe the best way to resolve a case is to be prepared to win in the courtroom. By creating a trial strategy that incorporates strategic settlement planning, we deliver unparalleled service to our clients — and save them millions.


Lincoln Derr PLLC is metro ranked in 7 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Health Care
Tier 1 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants


Regional Rankings

Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Health Care
Tier 1 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Lincoln Derr PLLC has 5 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Lincoln Derr PLLC eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Female: 2
White / Caucasian: 1
Multi-Racial: 1
Other Lawyers
Male: 3
Female: 7
American Indian / Alaskan Native: 1
Black / African American: 1
Hispanic / Latinx: 1
White / Caucasian: 7
Female: 3
White / Caucasian: 2
Multi-Racial: 1
Non-Legal Employees
Female: 4
Asian: 1
White / Caucasian: 3


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C0-Founder, Attorney
Sara Lincoln
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