Derek Pakiz heads the litigation department at The Reeves Law Group and supervises the firm’s attorneys. Drawing upon decades of practice, Derek offers clients exceptional skills and a deep understanding of cases involving personal injury law. Over the course of his career, Derek has successfully resolved thousands of cases for clients through mediation, arbitration, litigation and numerous trials. Derek’s practice covers a wide range of personal injury cases from serious car accidents to slip and fall accidents, with a specialty focus on catastrophic injury cases, including traumatic brain injury, paralysis, amputation, and wrongful death. His expertise has garnered significant results, including numerous favorable verdicts and multiple multimillion dollar results. Selected Recognitions Derek’s stature in the field of personal injury has been recognized over the years.
These recognitions are partly exemplified below:
• Derek is 1 of only 3 lawyers in the U.S. with the Diplomate Accreditation and Trial Advocacy Certification, through the California State Bar.
• He is the recipient of the Diplomate Accreditation, awarded by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Only about 100 personal injury lawyers have been so recognized nationwide.
• He has been certified as Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy by The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Only 100 out of the nearly 250,000 attorneys in California hold such distinction.
Education: Derek obtained his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1984, and his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1987.
Professional Memberships and Certifications: American Trial Lawyers of America, Melvin M. Belli Society, Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy, The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification