Meet Derek White

Senior Partner

Admitted to Bar:  6/96

Education: Ga. Southern Univ. ’91; Walter F. George Law School, Mercer Univ. (’94 – SBA President., ’95 – 5th Cir. Governor of Law Student Division of American Bar Association – Voice to the ABA for the 20 law schools in the Southeast and Puerto Rico)

Previous Employment:

  • Reynolds & McArthur, Macon, Georgia; Martindale-Hubbell – Preeminent Law Firm (AV rating);  Employed  1991-1999;  Specialized in medical malpractice, tractor-trailer collisions, wrongful death, products liability, and workers’ compensation.
  • Middleton, Mathis, Adams & Tate, Savannah, Georgia; Martindale-Hubbell – (AV rating);  Employed 1999-2000;  Specialized in medical malpractice, wrongful death, products liability.
  • Suggs, Kelly & Middleton, Savannah, Georgia; Martindale-Hubbell – (AV rating); Employed 2000-2001;  Specialized in medical malpractice, wrongful death, products liability, and nursing home litigation.

Current Employment: The White Law Group, Pooler, Georgia; Martindale-Hubbell – (BV rating); November 2001 – currently.  Concentration in nursing home litigation, wrongful death, medical malpractice, tractor-trailer collisions, contracts, and trial practice.

Current Civic Positions: Board of Trustees – Georgia Bar Foundation; Board of Directors – Institute for Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Georgia; Vice-President (Executive Committee), – United States Tennis Association(USTA), Southern Section; Grievance Committee – Committee  Member – United States Tennis Association (USTA); Counsel – First Calvary Baptist Church, Hinesville, Georgia; and Counsel and Chair of Administration Committee – The Church of Godley Station, Pooler, Georgia.

Civic Positions Held: President of the Younger Lawyers Division- State Bar of Georgia; Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia; Past Board of Director – King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation/Beach Institute, Savannah, Georgia; Past Board of Director – Savannah Historical Review Board, Savannah, Georgia; Past Board of Director – Coastal Georgia Land Trust, Savannah, Georgia; Past Board of Director – Boys and Girls Club, Savannah, GA and Macon, Georgia.; Past Board of Director – First Tee of Savannah; Past Board of Director – American Red Cross, Savannah Chapter; past Board of Director – First Tee Organization, Savannah Chapter; Past Board of Director – Girls Scout, Savannah Chapter; Past Grievance Committee Member – Georgia Tennis Association (GTA); Past Chairperson, Grievance Committee – United States Tennis Association (USTA), Southern Section; Past Secretary – United States Tennis Association (USTA), Southern Section; Past Committee Member of Constitution and Rules Committee and Tennis Rules Committee – United States Tennis Association (USTA)

Current Legal Positions:

  • Special Master for the Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Judge Pro Tem, City of Pooler, Georgia
  • Legal Positions Held:

Past President – State Bar of Georgia Younger Lawyers Division (YLD);  Past Executive Committee Member (3 years) – State Bar of Georgia; Past Committee Member – Disciplinary Board Investigative Panel (Supreme Court of Georgia); Past Committee Member – Review Panel (Supreme Court of Georgia); Past YLD Litigation Committee Chairperson; Past YLD Director; Past YLD Secretary; past YLD Treasurer; Past Board Member and Governor – New Lawyers Section of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA); Past Committee Member – State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program; Past Student Trial Advocacy Committee Member – Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA); Past Minority Committee Member – ATLA; Past Parliamentarian – Port City Bar Association; Past Student Coach for High School Mock Trial – Savannah High School

Trial Practice Designation:

  •  Trial Advocate – National College of Advocacy.

Memberships: Savannah Bar Assoc.; State Bar of Georgia; Port City Bar Association; Georgia Trial Lawyers Assoc.; United States Tennis Association.; and United States Professional Teaching Registry (1985-); Kairos Prison Ministries

Other Areas of Practice: Contracts, Landowner’s Liability, Workers’ Comp., Products Liability, Civil Rights, and Employment Litigation.

Publications/Lecturer:  Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, “Depositions; Before, During, and After.” (1998); Assoc. of Trial Lawyers of America, “Gathering News” (Is it a tort or is it protected?) (2000); National College of Advocacy, “Handling the Small Auto Case Efficiently and Effectively.” (2000); National College of Advocacy, “The Jackknife Collision: a Products Liability Case in the Making.”  (2001);  State Bar of Georgia, Small and Solo Firm Seminar, “Nursing Home Litigation” (2003); Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, “Nursing Home Litigation” (2005); and Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, “Using Pathology to Date Surgical Misadventure” (2005).

Have spoken throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada on civil trial matters and have earned the distinguished honor of being deemed a “Trial Advocate,” for the National College of Advocacy as well as being a member of the  “40 Business Leaders under 40” by The Savannah Business Report and Journal.

Panelist:

  • American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal: 2000 Update; Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in General Practice and Personal Injury
  • State Bar of Georgia Annual Meeting (2006):  “Bench and Bar War Stories”