Derek Pakiz is the litigation supervisor and lead trial attorney for The Reeves Law Group. Derek obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA, and his law school education from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Since the 1980s, Derek has practiced exclusively in the field of personal injury law, representing victims of other people's negligence and wrongful acts. Derek has worked on thousands of cases and handled hundreds of mediations, arbitrations, and trials. In 2006, Derek was awarded the Diplomate Accreditation from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America/AAJ, a distinction currently held by only about 100 personal injury attorneys nationwide. Derek is also a Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy, a distinction currently held by only about 100 out of the nearly 250,000 attorneys in California. This certification is awarded by State Bar accredited association – The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. As of Jan 2014, Derek is one of only 3 attorneys in the country to hold both this Diplomate Accreditation as well as Trial Advocacy Certification through the California State Bar. In addition, Derek is a member of the Melvin M. Belli Society, which is an organization of pre-eminent trial lawyers nationwide that grants membership by invitation only. The focus of Derek's work is on catastrophic injury cases, including traumatic brain injury, paralysis, amputation, and wrongful death. Derek has obtained a large number of significant case results, including jury verdicts in favor of his clients in the seven and eight figures.
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