Derek CarsonAssociate, Fort Worth

Derek represents clients in a variety of business disputes and in civil lawsuits in both state and federal courts. A substantial portion of Derek’s practice is devoted to handling cases in the appellate phase of litigation.

Prior to joining Cantey Hanger, Derek served as law clerk to the Honorable Terry R. Means, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division.

Derek lives here in Fort Worth with his wife and daughter.

Principal Practice Areas


  • The University of Memphis, J.D., 2010
    • Managing Editor, The University of Memphis Law Review
  • Union University, B.S.B.A., 2007

Three-year federal clerkship prior to private practice

Successful representation of clients in numerous appeals in state and federal appellate courts, including:

  • Surratt v. McClarin, 851 F.3d 389 (5th Cir. 2017), cert. denied sub nom. Surratt v. McClaran, No. 16-1492, 2017 WL 2573655 (U.S. Oct. 2, 2017)
  • Jones v. Shivers, No. 16-41347, 2017 WL 3911775 (5th Cir. Sept. 6, 2017)
  • Hurlston v. City of Princeton, 672 F. App’x 335 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Hackbelt 27 Partners, L.P. v. City of Coppell, 661 F. App’x 843 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • House of Praise Ministries, Inc. v. City of Red Oak, No. 10-15-00148-CV, 2017 WL 1750066 (Tex. App.—Waco May 3, 2017, no pet.)

Presentation of multiple oral arguments in appellate courts

Preparation and drafting of several appellate briefs, mandamus petitions, and other appellate filings

Obtainment of summary judgment or dismissal of claims against clients in multiple cases, including:

  • Ashley Electric LLC v. VM Energy LLC et al., No. DC-14-01128, 95th Judicial District Court, Dallas County (Nov. 17, 2014)
  • Capshaw v. Fort Worth Independent School District, 4:17-cv-00094-A (N.D. Tex. Mar. 21, 2017)

Negotiation and obtainment of favorable settlements on behalf of clients in numerous cases

  • Licensed in Tennessee, 2010
  • Licensed in Texas, 2013
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Leading Edge, Class of 2017”
  • Co-Founder, Community Frontline of Fort Worth, Inc.
  • Mentor, Kid’s Hope USA, I.M. Terrell Elementary School, 2014
  • Volunteer, GO Center, Dunbar Middle School, 2015
  • Federal Bar Association