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Paul Derks represents both large and small business entities and individuals who find themselves involved in construction, products, premises and personal injury matters.


Paul A. Derks

Senior Partner

T: 972-980-3295     F: 972-934-9200

Fee, Smith, & Sharp, Partner, Paul Derks



Construction Liability and Defects

Commercial and Business Litigation

Premises Liability

Products Liability

Personal Injury Defense





University of Tulsa, J.D., 1999


Loyola University, B.A., 1995










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


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

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


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





State Bar of Texas

Oklahoma Bar Association

Dallas Bar Association

Texas Association of Defense Counsel


Defense Research Institute


DBA Construction Law Section

Mr. Derks is a partner with the firm and represents clients in matters ranging from contractual and tort claims to business losses and major construction liability and defect litigation. He has successfully defended products liability, commercial and business litigation and premises liability cases. Paul currently handles a broad range of civil defense litigation matters. Approximately seventy-five percent of his practice is dedicated to litigation. Paul represents both large and small business entities and individuals who find themselves involved in construction, products, premises and personal injury matters. Paul represents clientele from all segments of the construction industry and, in doing so, has handled matters involving all types of construction law issues. He practices in state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, arbitration and mediation. Paul regularly counsels clients in out-of-court resolution of disputes and interpretation of construction contracts.


In recognition of his accomplishments in the practice of law, Paul was recently named by Texas Super Lawyer magazine as a Rising Star for 2011, an honor conferred on less than five percent of attorneys under the age of 40 in the state of Texas.



Representative Matters

Anland Block C v. Stamack Construction. Defended general contractor for Bliss Spa in multi-million dollar claim allegedly caused by plumbing line leaks during the construction of the W Hotel in Dallas.


Episcopal High School v. Melton Electric. Defended subcontractor in $25 million arbitration claim and was successful in obtaining summary judgment and attorneys' fees on behalf of client.


Harlingen Medical Center v. Faulkner Construction, Inc. Counsel representing general contractor in a multimillion-dollar dispute involving the construction of the Harlingen Medical Center.


Gene D. Yost & Son, Inc. v. Ingersoll-Rand, et al. Counsel representing supplier of a component part incorporated into a mobile drilling rig destroyed in a fire allegedly arising from defective products incorporated in the rig.


Rose Johnson, et al. v. Journeyman Construction, L.P. Counsel representing general contractor on jobsite where a fatality arose involving uncapped rebar and allegations of multimillion-dollar damages.


Boynton v. Hayward Baker, Inc. Counsel defending claims involving alleged movement of soil underneath Plaintiff's residential foundation.


Milton v. Trizec et al. Counsel representing Dallas Galleria in premises liability action.



Reported Opinions

Mr. Derks' reported cases include Brown v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 58 P.3d at 217 (Okla. Civ. App. 2002) and Meghan Coves Ass'n v. Meghan Coves Prop., et al., 50 P.3d 226 (Okla. Civ. App. 2002).





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