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Derk A. Wadas

Partner- Rosenthal & Wadas, P.L.L.C. Board Certified-Criminal Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Derk Wadas has been successfully practicing criminal law and procedure exclusively for over sixteen years. He has received numerous awards and recognition including Board Certification in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2011. He was named a Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine, an award only given to less than 5% of the attorneys in the state. He received this honor for both 2014 and 2015. He was also named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by The National Trial Lawyers Association. Derk is a former Collin County Assistant District Attorney where he served a felony criminal prosecutor, and was the chief misdemeanor prosecutor in County Courts at Law Number One and Two. As a prosecutor, Derk tried over seventy five cases to a jury and handled hundreds more successfully. As a defense attorney, he has tried many, many more cases and has achieved numerous not guilty verdicts, charge reductions and outright dismissals. It is very important to Derk to remain at the forefront of the developing law and defenses in his field. For this reason he is a member of organizations such as the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, an organization of which he is past President,the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Bar Association for the Federal Fifth Circuit, and the Association of Federal Defense Attorneys.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Texas, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2008
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2005
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2013
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2013
Pennsylvania, 1997
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1997
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2005
Pat President

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2005

Collin County Bar Association
Member Since: 2005

Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit

Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
Member Since: 2013

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