Derrick Wilson New Albany Business Lawyer
  • Practice Overview
  • Education & Professional Experience

Attorney Derrick Wilson’s practice is devoted to family law, medical malpractice defense, business counsel and representation, and personal injury matters.

When a client comes to me, regardless of whether it is for a family law matter such as divorce or for a business matter,what the client is ultimately looking for is a solution to a problem.  As an attorney, I focus on developing creative and innovative solutions designed to help achieve that best outcome possible for their problem.

In the litigation context, for example, clients typically prefer not to go to trial.  Instead, if they have been injured, they want to be compensated for their injuries.  If they are involved in a child custody dispute, they want to gain their share of custody.  If they are involved in a business litigation matter, they want to see the matter resolved expeditiously and fairly with minimal disruption to the business.

It’s easy for attorneys to lose sight as to what the true goals of the client may be.  A litigation attorney, for example, may take a very adversarial approach in developing litigation strategy that is ultimately aimed to one thing — winning at trial.  The client’s goals, however, may be completely different.  They may not want to be viewed in their industry and in the community as being overly litigious.  Instead, they may prefer an approach designed to reach an early resolution of a matter rather than a “fight to the death” approach designed to end in trial.

With more than 20 years of practicing law, I’ve found that the key to achieving client goals is to keep an open mind in appreciating the positions of both our clients and their adversaries. By understanding all positions, it’s often possible to come up with a creative and innovative solution that will achieve the objectives of our clients, as well as a solution that is likely to be acceptable to the opposing parties.

Conversely, failing to understand the positions of the adversaries of our clients does not further the development of an acceptable solution.  Instead, it typically leads to further litigation, increased legal fees and expenses, and ultimately a resolution determined by a court or jury, rather than by the clients.

If you are in need of legal representation in a family law matter, or one of the matters listed below, I would invite you to call me. I would be delighted to meet with you at your convenience so that I may learn about your matter, and so that you can learn about how I and our firm can represent you.


Areas of Practice

Certified Legal Specialties


Civil Litigation, NBTA, 2008

Family Law Mediation, ICLEF, 2009

Bar Admissions

Indiana, 1991

Kentucky, 1991

U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit



University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky

J.D. (Cum Laude) – 1991

University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

B.A. (Summa Cum Laude)

Published Works

Drug Asset Forfeiture: In the War on Drugs Is the Innocent Spouse the Loser?, Journal of Family Law, Vol. 30, No. 1

Representative Cases

Law v. Law, 676 N.E.2d 771 (Ind.App. 1997)

Sword v. NKC, 661 N.E.2d 10 (Ind.App. 1996)

Straub v. B.M.T., 645 N.E.2d 597 (Ind. 1994)


"How to Find Your Way to the Courthouse", 1996

"Under Pressure: Dealing with Stress and Emotional Distress Claims", 1996

"Federal Court for New Practitioners", 1996

"Puddlejumping: Indiana Practice for Kentucky Lawyers", 1997

Program Chair, "Winning Techniques for Taking and Defending Depositions", 1998

Presenter, "Wrongful Death: From Voir Dire to Closing Statements" (presenter, 1997 "Wrongful Death: From Voir Dire to Closing Statements", 1997

Honors and Awards

House of Delegates Member, American Bar Association, 2010 - Present

Has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for the Years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

Indiana State Bar Association, 1991 - Present

American Bar Association, 1994 - Present

LBA, 1991 - Present


Phi Alpha Delta

Pi Sigma Alpha

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