Civil justice for all!
Changing lives. Improving safety.
We are dedicated to helping those who’ve been harmed by the misconduct of others.
By recovering damages for our clients, we change lives.
By holding the wrongdoers accountable, we make Oregon safer for all of us.
Why is our logo a raised fist?
For more than a century, the raised fist has symbolized solidarity and strength.
It has represented workers, civil rights, and solidarity with people who have been harmed or oppressed by the bad conduct of others.
The symbol inspires us by showing a willingness to stand up for what is right and, if necessary, to fight for justice and to hold wrongdoers accountable.
We know insurance law
Almost every case involves insurance.
Insurance adjusters decide whether to settle a case. Insurance lawyers defend a case in court. Insurance information, however, is kept secret from the jury, and most juries never know that an insurance company is running the show because it will have to pay the jury’s verdict.
At Larwick Law, we deal with insurance law and insurance contracts every day. We keep up on current law, we study every contract, and we negotiate with insurance adjusters and lawyers.
We specialize in cases where a person was injured or killed by the negligence or misconduct of another person or a corporation. We have handled scores of auto collision cases, and we practice in the following areas, as well.
Auto insurance companies make money by denying claims and making insufficient offers. We help our clients get full and fair damages when they’ve been harmed by other drivers.
We know the ins and outs of medical negligence claims and have been part of some of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Oregon.
Insurance law is highly specialized. Our thorough understanding of it benefits our clients. We maximize our clients’ recovery by using the insurance code’s protections and staying current on developments in the law.
Bicycle and pedestrian cases present unique challenges. Oregon has special rules and laws to protect bicyclists injured by negligent drivers.
Police Excessive Force
Law enforcement officers are allowed to use reasonable force on criminal suspects. When officers exceed the amount of force allowed, the victim has a right to a remedy for the harm caused.
Nursing Home Abuse
Oregon has laws to protect our most vulnerable senior citizens from neglect and abuse. We have resolved many cases on behalf of Oregon’s elders.
Before founding Larwick Law Firm, Derek held a prestigious position as a judicial clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Derek then joined one of the most recognized and successful injury firms in Oregon, where he became a shareholder partner within three years.
In 2016, Derek started Larwick Law Firm, which harnesses technology to create a fast-paced, efficient approach to obtaining justice for our clients.
Firefighter, turned lawyer
Derek is a Pacific Northwest native and the son of a logger and a public school teacher. He grew up in Southwest Washington, felling timber and bucking logs with his father.
For years, Derek worked as a Wildland Firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. He supervised other firefighters and developed a deep appreciation for the safety rules that protect workers and protect everyone in our community.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish, Derek earned a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Derek was elected and served as the Editor in Chief of Oregon Law Review, and he graduated in the top five percent of his class.
He earned accolades, including the Best Brief Award at the American Constitution Society Appellate Competition at UCLA Law School, and National Runner Up at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Trial Competition at the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Derek also competed in moot court competitions at Stanford Law School, coached a moot court team, and participated in the Texas Young Lawyers Trial Competition.
Derek worked as a judicial extern for Judge John V. Acosta of the U.S. District Court of Oregon, and he was the honored recipient of the James T. Landye Trial Advocacy Scholarship and the Lois I. Baker Academic Scholarship.
A personal connection
When Derek was 26 years old, his 22-year-old cousin was killed on the job as a power lineman because his employer violated key safety rules that protect workers. The employer took shortcuts and chose not to ground the utility truck that day.
The worker’s compensation law provided no recourse for Derek’s cousin or family, and there was no legal action that would discourage the employer from creating other dangerous conditions. That powerless feeling led Derek to pursue a career in law. He committed himself to using the civil justice system to hold negligent and reckless corporations and individuals accountable when they injure or kill others.
What others say about us
What I appreciate the most about Derek is his kind and considerate demeanor. I found him to be very personable, highly ethical, organized and willing to go above and beyond to get the result he felt was fair in the case. I would recommend him to anyone.
I came to Derek with a time sensitive case that involved a car accident, he was very thorough in explaining the process and it was completely stress free for me. They kept me updated and responded promptly to my questions and concerns.
When I brought my situation to Derek, he promptly responded to my questions in a professional manor. Most importantly, he was organized, insightful, and honest.
Derek Larwick was recommended and proved exceptionally competent in handling my case which had all sorts of difficulties, even though I was not at fault. He handled all aspects very professionally. He and his assistant, Ashley, explained everything thoroughly, in depth, and always followed through with appointments, paperwork, and time commitments.
Derek represented me in my capacity as conservator for a minor child who was the beneficiary of a personal injury settlement. Derek was extremely helpful, prompt in responses to all correspondence and a creative advocate for the protected person that I was representing. I’d recommend Derek without reservation.