Derek A. Sutton

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Lee Ann Higgins
Phone: 919.821.6655


Derek Sutton is a commercial litigator whose practice encompasses a wide range of civil litigation, including contract and commercial disputes, antitrust, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, employment, and business-related tort and statutory claims.

Derek joined Smith Anderson after practicing for several years in the New York office of a leading national law firm.




Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Derek: 

  • Represented several inter vivos trusts challenging the constitutionality of the District of Columbia’s imposition of fiduciary income tax.
  • Defended a medical device manufacturer in federal multidistrict litigation involving an alleged conspiracy violating federal and state antitrust laws.
  • Represented a chemical manufacturer in an ICC arbitration to resolve a commercial dispute regarding a Site Services Agreement.
  • Represented a corporation before the North Carolina Business Court in a bench trial concerning statutory appraisal claims made by dissenting shareholders.
  • Assisted in drafting a settlement agreement to resolve a global, multi-billion dollar dispute between leading technology companies involving breach of contract, tortious interference, antitrust and patent claims.
  • Defended a cellular technology company in federal court in a bench trial involving allegations of anticompetitive conduct relating to standard-essential patent licensing and cellular modem chip sales practices.

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  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


New York University School of Law, J.D., 2017

  • Robert McKay Scholar
  • Dean’s Award Scholar

University of Michigan, B.A., 2012

  • Phi Beta Kappa
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