Derrick J Hensley

Durham-NC Family Law, Child Welfare, and Immigration Attorney
Contact: 919.480.1999
Law School: North Carolina Central University School of Law - North Carolina Central University
Jurisdictions: North Carolina
4th Circuit


About Derrick J Hensley
Derrick Hensley is a Durham, NC based lawyer who focuses on high-quality, individualized representation. Derrick founded his own firm in order to develop real relationships with his clients, and to pursue causes where he can make a difference. Derrick is dedicated zealously advocating for his clients and to fostering an open, communicative attorney-client relationship based on trust and honesty. Derrick practices in several interrelated fields, including general family law (divorce, child custody, support, adoption, etc.), child welfare proceedings ("DSS Court"), and family-based immigration. Derrick is experienced in various kinds of appeals, and is able to pursue appeals of decisions in state court as well as federal immigration matters. Derrick has represented the best interests of hundreds of children in juvenile abuse/neglect/dependency proceedings as a staff Attorney Advocate, and has handled hundreds of child support cases while representing a county child support (IV-D) agency. Derrick also has substantial experience in seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for abused, neglected, and abandoned immigrant youth. Many of Derrick's immigration cases are handled as a collaboration with /of counsel/ immigration attorney Joanna Gaughan.
Directory Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Child Welfare (including Juvenile Abuse, Neglect, Dependency) Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    • Most cards acceptd via link on my website at
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    • $150 for an initial consultation. Many times a flat fee can be arranged, and a sliding scale is available. $200/hr. for all other matters.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
4th Circuit
Superior Court Mediation Training (Carolina Dispute Settlement Services)
Professional Experience
Attorney Advocate, Alamance County Guardian ad Litem Program
Representing abused and neglected children in Juvenile Abuse/Neglect/Dependency Court (aka "DSS Court")
Attorney, Solo Practice
Child Support Enforcement (IV-D) Contract Attorney, Durham County Attorney's Office
Represented, Counselled, and Advised the County Child Support (IV-D) Agency on a limited-term contract. Engaged in litigation relating to the modification and enforcement of hundreds of child support orders, including prosecuting contempt actions against delinquent obligors.
Coverage Attorney Advocate, Durham County Guardian ad Litem Program
Representing Abused and Neglected children in Juvenile (DSS) Court.
Legal Intern (Practicing under 3rd Year Rule), Durham County Attorney's Office
Legal Intern, City of Durham Attorney's Office
North Carolina Central University School of Law - North Carolina Central UniversityJ.D.
Honors: Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian of the Evening Program (Daniel G. Sampson Award); NCBA Law Student Pro Bono Award
Activities: Volunteer, VITA Program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance); Staff Member, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review
Duke UniversityB.A.History, Philosophy, Classical Civilizations
Professional Activities
Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program 2011-Current
Details: Representing the best interests of children in Juvenile Court, where the Department of Social Services has alleged Abuse or Neglect.
Member Duke Alumni Association 2006-Current
Vice President Board of Directors, Woodcroft Community Association 2012-2014
Member Woodcroft Community Association Architectural Review Board 2011-2012
Volunteer Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project 2011-2012
Volunteer Wills for Heroes 2011-2012
Volunteer The Doughman 2009-2012
Daniel G. Sampson Award, NCCU School of Law, Evening Program
For highest cumulative GPA in the Evening Program's graduating class.
Pro Bono Award, North Carolina Bar Association
For volunteering hundreds of hours to public service.
Professional Associations
Member, Durham Bar Association
Member, American Civil Liberties Union
Member, American Bar Association
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, North Carolina Advocates for Justice


Website: Website



Mailing Address
P.O. Box 380
Durham, NC 27702-0380
Telephone: 919.480.1999
Fax: 919.636.6018
Office Address
323 E. Chapel Hill St., Room 203
Durham, NC 27701
Telephone: 919.480.1999
Fax: 919.636.6018