Derek Newberry is an associate in Hall Booth Smith's Charleston office. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law, where he received the CALI Award for excellence in Legal Research and Writing. Before joining Hall Booth Smith in 2016, Derek was the lead full-time lawyer in the Charleston office of a South Carolina litigation firm. Over the course of his career, his practice has included: professional liability defense, construction litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury defense, and representing manufacturers in complex product defect litigation. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating category that organization provides for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.
Derek received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Wofford College with a B.A. in Government and a minor in Economics. During undergrad, he was a scholarship member of Wofford’s football team and was a three-year starter at outside linebacker. While a student-athlete, Derek was an Academic All-American Nominee, a four-time Academic All Southern Conference performer, and was a member of the Southern Conference Championship and National Semi-Finalist team.
He is actively involved with the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association (“SCDTAA”), an organization that promotes justice, professionalism and integrity in the civil justice system by bringing together attorneys dedicated to the defense of civil actions. Derek currently is Vice President of the SCDTAA’s Young Lawyers Division, and also serves on the SCDTAA’s Substantive Law Committee. He recently completed a year-long, comprehensive leadership program provided by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Derek was born near St. Louis, Missouri, and claims it as his hometown; however, he has lived in Denver, Colorado; Shreveport, Louisiana; Lake Charles, Louisiana; and Austin, Texas. He now lives in Charleston with his wife, Erin, and young sons, Dawson and Mac. Derek is a member of First Scots Presbyterian church, and, in his free time, enjoys surfing, live music and watching or attending sporting events of all kinds.
Derek has defended architects, engineers, real estate agents, chiropractors, medical facilities and paramedics in numerous cases involving alleged violations of the standard of care. Among other things, Derek has represented design professionals in construction defect claims ranging in size from single family residences to large multi-family projects.