To have a case with Tricia Derr is to know you’ll need to pack a lunch with all the snacks because Tricia will not be outworked; outthought; or outmaneuvered. She is the embodiment of the lawyer who, from a client’s perspective, has your back. She’s also famous for working herself out of a job, perhaps the best example of a good lawyer. The lawyer who identifies creative solutions that, if pursued successfully, would result in her not being hired. Tricia is just different. Uniquely her own. To know it, you have to see it.
Tricia is a fierce advocate for gender equity, which is in many ways her life’s work. Her firm, Lincoln Derr, boldly charted a path on the heels of the 2008 financial crisis, and frankly, they haven’t looked back. Tricia is also the founder and co-host of a podcast, Trying 2 Win, a candid look at real-life legal battles inside and outside the courtroom. Her and Sara Lincoln talk about personality assessment tests, well-being in the law; gender inequity; courtroom creativity; and winning a street fight.
Finally, before podcasts and social media were a thing, Tricia volunteered to write articles for the Mecklenburg County Bar newsletter profiling local judges on a personal level. In other words, she did what we do before we ever thought to do it.