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Derrick R. Connell - Melbourne, FL

940 S. Harbor City Blvd Melbourne, FL 32901

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Updated: 08/03/2022

Melbourne Car Accidents Lawyer

Overview

Derrick R. Connell is the managing partner of the Melbourne and Titusville, Florida offices of Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Derrick's primary practice focuses on representing clients injured in serious automobile collisions, wrongful death, premises liability, general personal injury cases, and other forms of negligence. Derrick believes that everyone deserves the best possible representation no matter how big or small their case. Each of his cases is handled with the same focus and care...

Derrick R. Connell is the managing partner of the Melbourne and Titusville, Florida offices of Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Derrick's primary practice focuses on representing clients injured in serious automobile collisions, wrongful death, premises liability, general personal injury cases, and other forms of negligence. Derrick believes that everyone deserves the best possible representation no matter how big or small their case. Each of his cases is handled with the same focus and care.

Over the years, Derrick has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. He is no stranger in the courtroom. Some of Derrick's recent verdicts include: $1.6 million (motor vehicle crash); $1.14 million (motor vehicle crash), $150,000 (trip and fall), $327,000 (auto negligence), $106,000 (motor vehicle crash), $75,000 (pedestrian accident), and $550,000 (auto negligence). Additionally, in what was said to be the first successful trial of its nature, Derrick helped his client prevail in a multi-week complex product liability trial against a major corporation. Derrick has secured excess verdicts in numerous motor vehicle collision trials. In addition to trial victories, Derrick has recovered millions of dollars in settlements for his deserving clients.

Derrick has been named Top 40 under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers for six straight years; named a "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine- an annual publication that recognizes the top 2.5% of the state's young lawyers; and given an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell - this rating signifies that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. In 2018, he was selected as a Top Ranked Lawyer by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.

Derrick is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association. He is a recipient of the Bronze Eagle Award, presented by the FJA; recipient of the Judge T. Mitchell Barlow Young Lawyer Professionalism Award; and is a past BCBA Young Lawyers Board Member.

Derrick, a Lanier County Georgia native, earned his Bachelor's degree from Valdosta State University, his Master of Business Administration from Stetson University, and his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law with a Concentration in Advocacy. While in law school, Mr. Connell was a teaching assistant, Stetson Ambassador, Student Bar Association Member and recipient of the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award. Mr. Connell was honored as a recipient of the Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award, inducted into The National Order of Barristers and awarded the prestigious Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award. In 2015, Valdosta State University presented Derrick with the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus award. As a member of Stetson's nationally ranked Trial Team, Mr. Connell was a two-time National Trial Champion. He first won the AAJ STAC, beating over 240 teams from law schools around the country. Then in 2009, Mr. Connell won the National Civil Trial Competition, where he was named the Best Advocate in both the preliminary and final rounds - a first for this event. He was also a Moot Court Board Associate Justice - winning the 2009 E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Connell was a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Judge D. Horrox and the Honorable Judge D. Demers, a Certified Legal Intern in The Sixth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office and a Legal Intern for the United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida. Derrick is married to Kelly R. Connell and together they have two sons and daughter.

About Derrick R. Connell

Practice Areas

  • Car Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation

  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2010

Other Affiliations

  • The Order of Barristers
  • Florida Justice Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • The Stetson Lawyers Association

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2009
    J.D.
    Major: Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy
    Major: Trial Team
    Major: Moot Court Board, Associate Judge
    Major: Leadership Development Certificate
  • Stetson University, 2009
    Master of Business Administration
  • Valdosta State University, 2004
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: Honors Program
    Major: Political Science

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Derrick R. Connell

Included on the 2020 Florida list


Past Lists

  • 2019 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Derrick R. Connell on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Edward D. Foreman Award
  • Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award
  • 2009 National Civil Trial Competition: National Champion & Overall Best Advocate
  • 2009 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition, National Champion
  • 2009 E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition, Champion
  • William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award
  • Leadership Development Certificate
  • Top 40 Under 40 should have 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015, 2016
  • 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award: Valdosta State University
  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction: American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers – 2015
  • AV Preeminent: Martindale-Hubbell
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top One Percent - 2015
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
  • Judge T. Mitchell Barlow Young Lawyer Professionalism Award, 2014
  • Lawyer to Legacy 2011 Bronze Eagle Award, Florida Justice Association
  • 2018 Top Ranked Lawyer, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell

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Office Information

Address

940 S. Harbor City Blvd Melbourne, FL 32901

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Office Hours

Mon-Fri 8:00-6:00

Publication

Representative Cases

  • Valerie Cooper vs. Danielle White and State Farm Mutual Insurance Company
  • Linda E. Bergen vs. Ted Landgraff
  • C. Bartley vs. LM General Insurance Company
  • Edwards v. Kyle
  • Chaires v. Cocoa Expo
  • Barnes v. Fitzpatrick

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