The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley, PLLC

The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley, PLLC

Client-focused firm concentrating in Family Law, Child Welfare, and Immigration law. The firm is dedicated to giving back to the community.

Firm Overview

Durham, NC based firm dedicated to helping children and families, and focused on being accessible while maintaining the highest standards of practice.

Derrick J. Hensley is a Child Welfare Law Specialist, certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Please explore the firm's website to learn more, or contact us using the information below.
Main Office
180 Providence Road
Suite # 4
Chapel Hill  NC  27514
  • (919) 480-1999
  • (919) 636-6018


Free Initial Consultation?
I offer consultations for $200 (they tend to be 1-2 hours, depending on the type of case).
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
I offer a variety of services at a flat fee, depending on the case. Some set options are posted on my website at
Hourly Rates
$200 for most cases; sliding scale adjustment available upon request for low-income clients.

Office Information

Office Hours
9AM-5PM; Consultations and Meetings Require an Appointment
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Fluent Spanish Interpreter

Other Offices

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 380
Durham,  NC  27702-0380

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?


What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

When possible, discrete legal tasks and secretarial work are given to a law clerk, paralegal, or secretary to minimize the time expended by the attorney. Time spent by non-attorney staff is compensated at lower rates than attorney time.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I recommend at least one Alternative Dispute Resolution option to almost every client in a civil lawsuit. I am always willing to serve as a negotiator as well as a litigator. However, each case is unique, and not every case has two parties who are willing to settle.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes, giving back to the community is a major goal of the firm.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

I am dedicated to providing the highest quality customer service and tailoring my representation to my clients' needs.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I consider it one of my primary callings to educate members of the public about the law, and I think it's great when my clients start out with some level of understanding of the law. I am happy to help in this process.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes. This is a good option for computer-savvy clients with good writing skills, who just need help with legal concepts. However, it is usually wise to consult with an attorney first to get a game plan together - especially to understand deadlines, jurisdictional issues, and to ensure you're qualified for the relief you're seeking - before starting to do your own legal drafting or filling out of complex forms.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes. This has been successful and cost-effective for many clients, and constitutes a significant portion of the practice.

Derrick Hensley

Derrick Hensley is a Child Welfare, Family, and Immigration lawyer who focuses on high-quality, individualized representation. Derrick founded his own firm in order to develop real relationships with his clients, and to pursue causes where he can make a difference. Derrick is dedicated zealously advocating for his clients and to fostering an open, communicative attorney-client relationship based on trust and honesty.

Derrick practices in several interrelated fields, including general family law (divorce, child custody, adoption, etc.), child welfare proceedings (DSS Court), and limited areas of immigration. Derrick is experienced in various kinds of appeals, and is able to pursue appeals of decisions in state court as well as federal matters. Derrick has represented the best interests of hundreds of children in juvenile abuse/neglect/dependency proceedings as a staff Attorney Advocate, and has handled hundreds of child support cases while representing a county child support (IV-D) agency. Derrick also has substantial experience in seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for abused, neglected, and abandoned immigrant youth. Derrick is admitted to practice in the State Courts of North Carolina, in the three Federal Districts in North Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Derrick is a Child Welfare Law Specialist, certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children. Derrick is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • Bar Number: 42898
    North Carolina , 2011
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2011
    Honors: Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian of the Evening Program (Daniel G. Sampson Award); NCBA Law Student Pro Bono Award
    Activities: Volunteer, VITA Program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance); Staff Member, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review
  • Duke University, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
    B.A. , 2006
    Majored in History and Philosophy; Minored in Classical Civilizations

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