Derek Rollins is a shareholder 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. Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Derek was Senior Counsel at an AmLaw 100 global firm and partner at a South Texas litigation boutique firm. He has extensive experience defending clients in the plaintiff-friendly venues around Texas and around the country.
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.