Derrick J Hensley

Derrick J Hensley

Durham-NC Family Law, Child Welfare, and Immigration Attorney
  • Family Law, Immigration Law, Appeals & Appellate...
  • North Carolina
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Summary

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, 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.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Child Welfare (including Juvenile Abuse, Neglect, Dependency) Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Most cards acceptd via link on my website at www.derrickhensley.com/pay.html
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $200 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
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney Advocate
Alamance County Guardian ad Litem Program
- Current
Representing abused and neglected children in Juvenile Abuse/Neglect/Dependency Court (aka "DSS Court")
Attorney
The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley, PLLC
- Current
Child Support Enforcement (IV-D) Contract Attorney
Durham County Attorney's Office
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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
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Representing Abused and Neglected children in Juvenile (DSS) Court.
Legal Intern (Practicing under 3rd Year Rule)
Durham County Attorney's Office
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Legal Intern
City of Durham Attorney's Office
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Education
North Carolina Central University School of Law
J.D.
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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 University
B.A. / History, Philosophy, Classical Civilizations
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Awards
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
National Association of Counsel for Children
- Current
Member
American Bar Association
- Current
Member
North Carolina Bar Association
- Current
Member
Durham Bar Association
- Current
Member
Duke Alumni Association
- Current
Member
American Civil Liberties Union
- Current
Vice President
Board of Directors, Woodcroft Community Association
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Volunteer
Guardian ad Litem Program
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Activities: Representing the best interests of children in Juvenile Court, where the Department of Social Services has alleged Abuse or Neglect.
Member
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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Member
Woodcroft Community Association Architectural Review Board
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Volunteer
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project
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Volunteer
Wills for Heroes
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Volunteer
The Doughman
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Certifications
Child Welfare Law Specialist
National Association of Counsel For Children
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Social Media
Contact & Map
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 380
Durham, NC 27702-0380
USA
Telephone: (919) 480-1999
Fax: (919) 636-6018
Office Address
323 E. Chapel Hill St., Room 203
Durham, NC 27701
USA
Telephone: (919) 480-1999
Fax: (919) 636-6018