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Derek Rollins

Derek Rollins

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Austin, TX, USA

Derek Rollins is of counsel in the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. His practice covers employment litigation, including discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour issues, as well as labor disputes. Derek is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Derek represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as proceedings before the Texas Workforce Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Derek counsels clients on best practices for compliance with legislative and regulatory issues, including wage and hour requirements, equal opportunity obligations, and civil rights concerns. He also advises federal contractors on Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) compliance issues, from developing affirmative action plans to representing companies during the audit process. He regularly provides trainings and seminars to clients on updated Department of Labor regulations and Executive Orders.

While in law school, Derek worked on the Texas International Law Journal and served as a 1L Mentor. At Tulane, he was a Dean's Honor Scholar and the president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Admitted to Practice


New Mexico

U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2006

B.A., Tulane University, 2002

Practice and Industry Groups

Employment Law



  • Lead lawyer in the defense of a national advertising firm against claims of Title VII discrimination and retaliation, resulting in a favorable settlement
  • Lead lawyer in the defense of an international shipping company against claims of sexual harassment and retaliation, resulting in a favorable settlement
  • Second chair for an international oil and gas company in several wage and hour collective action litigations that were resolved favorably
  • Second chair for a government contractor in defense against False Claims Act whistleblower and traditional employment allegations
  • Regularly advises client son preparing enforceable covenants not to compete and non-disclosure agreements
  • Regularly provides counseling to local and national clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including compliance with Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other traditional state and federal employment statutes
Derek Rollins is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Case Law Update on Employment Status: Independent Contractor, Joint Employers, and Interns/Volunteers (Prepared November 2017) - Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2018, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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