Derek R. Van Gilder

Title: Owner, Attorney
Company: The Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder
Location: Bastrop, Texas, United States

Derek R. Van Gilder, Owner and Attorney at the Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in general civil practice and construction law.

Backed by more than 35 years of professional expertise, Mr. Van Gilder has excelled as the owner and attorney of the Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder in Bastrop, Texas since 1985. With extensive courtroom experience as a trial lawyer for both plaintiffs and defendants, he specializes in general civil practice and construction law. Notably, Mr. Van Gilder is AV Preeminent-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is admitted to practice in Texas and California, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas.

Prior to spearheading his career in the legal realm, Mr. Van Gilder earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1974. A skilled registered professional engineer, he had done civil structural work from the South Texas Nuclear Project to commercial and industrial chemicals. Eventually, Mr. Van Gilder desired a change of pace, as he believed his work had lost its original challenging nature. At this point, he went on to attain a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston in 1976 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1981.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, Mr. Van Gilder attributes his vast success to a good work ethic, having worked since he could mow lawns as a young boy. He is most proud of owning and managing his practice for as long as he has, along with serving in the U.S. Army at West Point from 1969 to 1971. In five years’ time, Mr. Van Glider hopes to be ease into a well-deserved retirement and is interested in purchasing a condo in Costa Rica, as well as spending time at his own condo in Las Vegas.

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