DEREK G. RUSSAW is a Partner at Vandeveer Garzia. He focuses his practice on defense litigation in third party auto negligence, personal injury, Catastrophic First Party automobile claims, premises liability and general negligence, representing various national clients and several major insurance carriers throughout the State of Michigan. Derek also provides consultation and legal representation to major insurance carriers in the area of Probate Law.
In addition to practicing in the state courts, Derek is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Derek graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 2003, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law. While in law school, Derek was an active member of the moot court board of advocates and the American Inns of Court.
Derek became a member of the State Bar of Michigan in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Derek practiced law in the State of Michigan’s Attorney General Office. His professional organizations include the State of Michigan, and the Wolverine Bar Association. Derek is currently serving a 3 year term as a Barrister for the American Inns of Court Program UDM Chapter.