Derek J. Haynes


Derek is proud to be a Sacramento native. An expert on local wineries, he worked at the beloved Leatherby’s Family Creamery before obtaining his undergraduate degree at California State University, Sacramento. Derek continues his community support by representing local public entities in litigation.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 2009)

  • Graduated with Distinction
  • Dean’s List (2007 – 2009)
  • Traynor Honor Society
  • McGeorge Law Review
    • Staff Writer (2007 – 2008)
    • Managing Editor (2008 – 2009)

California State University of Sacramento (B.S., 2005)

  • Dean’s List
Practice Areas Admitted to Practice
  • All California State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Professional Memberships & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star (2013-2018)
  • Sacramento County Bar Association

Seminars & Presentations

  • 2016 Employment Law Legislative and Case Update, Stanislaus County
  • 2015 Employment Law Legislative and Case Update, Stanislaus County


  • Search Protocols: Establishing the Protections Mandated by the Fourth Amendment Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures in the World of Electronic Evidence, 40 McGeorge L. Rev. 757

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento
  • Attorney Coach for Encina High School Moot Court Team
  • Volunteer Judge for McGeorge’s National Ethics Trial Competition

Representative Trials

  • Page v. Regents of the University of California [Dangerous Condition of Public Property]
  • Waller v. County of Calaveras [Constitutional Right to Privacy]


  • Cornelius v. County of Colusa, Third District Court of Appeal [Retaliation under Fair Employment & Housing Act]