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Derek E. Whitlock

Mr. Whitlock concentrates his practice in all areas of litigation.  Mr. Whitlock’s experience as a small business owner served as a catalyst for his legal education.  His experience includes a broad range of litigation matters including contract disputes and negotiations, Landlord-Tenant matters, personal injury and real property matters. Derek is licensed to practice in Tennessee, Mississippi, Tennessee Supreme Court, and Mississippi Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Western of Tennessee, U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Named as Mid-South Rising Star consecutively from 2015 through 2021 by Super Lawyers for Business Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Voted Rising Star three (3) years in a row by Super Lawyers for work in business litigation.
  • Obtained millions of dollars in settlement funds related to personal injury claims.
  • File and prosecute 500+ residential and commercial evictions per month in courts across West Tennessee and North Mississippi.
  • Represent owners and management entities in debtor bankruptcy filings.
  • Successfully defended multi-family property owner from multi-million dollar lawsuit based on claims of discrimination.
  • Represent national banks in obtaining possession of property related to disputed foreclosure sales.
  • Successfully argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals that tenants in default of lease must provide 1 year of rent as bond to remain in possession of leased real property when appealed to Circuit Court.



Areas of Practice
  • Litigation
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • The University of Memphis Law School, J.D., 2010
  • The Royal Victorian University of Manchester, 1996-1997
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A.,1996
  • Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, 2008-2010
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi

East Memphis Office
6060 Poplar Ave. Suite 140
Memphis, Tennessee 38119
Telephone (901) 761-1263

Downtown Office
119 S. Main St., Suite 543
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Telephone (901) 761-1263