George L. Derr P.C.

Attorney Overview

About Me: 

I’m here for the benefits of my clients my clients are not here for the benefit of me. I am fully committed to protecting my clients and their interests to helping them bring closure to what are often the most difficult moments of their lives. Part of that is an effort to focus on overlooked opportunities that adversity and difficult times presents.  I’ve been in nine different roles in the criminal defense system that has given me the innate ability to see overlooked possibilities to what seem to be complex problems.  

I take great pride in working with my clients and collaborating with them to get the best results possible, and to meet their goals and reasonable expectations.  My experience before law was in trucking and construction, and I developed a deep appreciation for the working men and women and the struggles that they face.  

Personal and Professional Background 

Before attending law school and becoming an attorney I worked in many different capacities. I have worked in logging, restaurants, the building trades and truck driving, including driving a tow-truck. The valuable experience I gained in these other areas of employment prior to becoming a lawyer has left me with a real-world, hands-on and down-to-earth perspective that I bring to my law practice. 

Prior to college, I served four years with the United States Marines Corps as a Military Policeman (MOS 5811). During that time I also attended the Reserve Sheriff Academy program in 1976-77 in San Bernardino County, California. 

Before law school, I did my undergraduate work at the University of Oregon in 1984. I graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1987. I was admitted to practice law in the State of Oregon in 1987, and in the United States Claims Court in 1992. I am a member of the Oregon State Bar Association. 

Experience on All Sides of the Court Room 

At one time or another during my life, I have worked in the following areas related to the criminal justice system. I have been a reserve police officer, a military police patrolman, a prosecuting attorney (4 years), a Justice of the Peace pro tempore (4 years), and a criminal defense attorney (19) years. I have been both a victim and a witness and a trial juror. At the age of 18, I was even a defendant, but if you want to know more about that personal historic event, you will have to make an appointment to hear it. 

Since leaving prosecution in 1991, and in addition to my criminal defense practice, I have a substantial civil trial practice that includes domestic relations, personal injury, real estate, business and commercial litigation. More than 75 percent of my practice involves some form of adversarial litigation. The remainder involves transactional legal services with the remainder of my time spent serving as a mediator or arbitrator. 

I have lived in Oregon since 1980. I have been married for over 21 years and have two children.  

Quick Facts about George Derr: 


  • University of Oregon-Bachelors of Science, Geology 1984 
  • University of Oregon- Juris Doctorate 1987 


  • State Courts of Oregon 

Honors and Memberships: 

  • Oregon Bar Association  
  • United States Claim Court 

Experience and Advocacy: 

  • Reserve Police Officer 
  • Prosecuting Attorney 
  • Military police patrolman 
  • Justice of the Peace pro tempore 

Practice Areas: 

  • Mediation and Arbitration 
  • Appeal 
  • Real Estate and Business 
  • Criminal Defense 
  • Personal Injury 
  • Civil Litigation 

Attorney Overview

University of Oregon Law School

Reserve Police Officer
Military Police Patrolman
Prosecuting attorney
Justice of the peace pro tempore
Criminal defense attorney


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