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Derrick R. Ward


Derrick Ward is an associate at Carrington Coleman. His practice focuses on employment litigation, business litigation, investigations, public law, and insurance coverage. In addition to litigation in federal and state courts, Derrick has assisted clients with wage and hour issues, EEOC discrimination charges, employment agreements, noncompetition and trade secret issues, reductions in force, employer policies and handbooks, governmental investigations, and compliance with Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, USERRA, SCRA, and state and local laws impacting businesses and employers. Derrick also enjoys working on healthcare and products liability matters.

Through his work on legal matters affecting public education, Derrick has experience defending Title IX and Section 1983 litigation and spent time investigating alleged violations of federal civil rights statutes as a Civil Rights Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education. Derrick also spent two years as a Law Fellow in the National Education Association’s Office of General Counsel handling trial and appellate briefing on matters including teacher tenure and due process protections, fair-share fees, school vouchers, employee First Amendment rights, and teacher evaluation fairness and privacy. During law school, Derrick worked on higher education accessibility issues with Nelson, Mullins, Riley, & Scarborough LLP’s Education Counsel LLC in Washington, D.C. and on youth rights with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. Derrick’s work in public education began as a high-school teacher of U.S. Government and Politics and U.S. History before attending law school.

Derrick is a native of the Dallas area and lives in Oak Cliff. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas.


The University of Texas School of Law
J.D., 2014; Order of Barristers

Cornell University
B.A., cum laude in Philosophy, 2009

Court Admissions

State Bar of Texas

District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado


Lyndon F. Bittle & Derrick R. Ward, Choice of Law: A Continuing Struggle in Insurance Coverage Disputes, ABA-TIPS The Brief (Summer 2018).

Lyndon F. Bittle & Derrick R. Ward, What Law Governs Your Insurance Dispute? It Depends on Who Decides, TIPS-ICLC Mid-Year Program Paper (February 2018), republished in IRMI Insurance Law Essentials (2018).

Co-Author, SMU Annual Texas Survey: Professional Liability, 4 SMU Ann. Tex. Surv. 327 (2018).

Julian Vasquez Heilig, Anthony V. LeClair, Lindsay Redd, & Derrick R. Ward, Separate and Unequal?: The Problematic Segregation of  Special Populations in Charter Schools Relative to Traditional Public Schools, 27 L. & Pol’y Rev. 251 (2016).

Julian Vasquez Heilig, Derrick R. Ward, Eric Weisman, & Heather Cole, Community-Based School Finance and Accountability: A New Era for Local Control in Education Policy?, 49(8) Urban Educ. 871 (2014).


Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Member, Dallas Bar Association

Member, State Bar of Texas

Member, District of Columbia Bar