Lincoln Derr PLLC


  • WBE

Firm Size

  • 6-10

Willing to Act as Local Counsel

  • Yes



Lincoln Derr is a wholly women-owned civil litigation firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 2009, Lincoln Derr specializes in handling complex litigation matters for its diverse client base. Our attorneys represent some of the largest healthcare providers, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the Southeast.

As a firm, our strength lies in our experience. We are trial attorneys. It’s in our blood, and it means we fight hard for our clients, no matter what — even if a case never sees the inside of a courtroom. That’s the Lincoln Derr Advantage.

The law has a reputation for being mostly white and largely male. Our firm turns that stereotype on its head. At Lincoln Derr, women and minorities make up the majority of our team, creating an inclusive atmosphere in which our individual differences are recognized as an underutilized resource rather than a paralyzing obstacle.

Our culture promotes and rewards mutual respect, collaboration, and the free-flowing exchange of ideas, for the benefit of our team and our clients.


Charlotte, NC

4350 Congress Street Suite #575

Person of contact: Sara Lincoln

Charlotte, NC

4350 Congress Street Suite #575

Person of contact: Tricia Derr

Charlotte, NC

4350 Congress Street Suite #575

Person of contact: Kathleen "Kathi" Lucchesi

Practice Areas

  • ADR/Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance
    • Litigation
  • Construction
    • Architectural and Design Professional Agreements
    • Construction Contracts
    • Consulting Agreements
    • Equipment Procurement
    • Litigation
    • Mechanics and Materials Lien Law
  • Corporate
    • Corporate Governance
    • Crisis Management
    • Internal Investigations
  • Defamation
  • Insurance
    • Construction
    • Employment Practices
    • Environmental and Toxic Tort
    • Extra Contractual/Bad Faith
    • Life, Health, Disability/ERISA
    • Litigation
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Product Liability
    • Professional Liability/E&O/D&O
    • Property/Premises/Homeowners
    • Regulatory
    • Umbrella
    • Worker's Compensation
  • Labor & Employment
    • Arbitration
    • Class Actions / MDL
    • Compliance
    • Drafting Employee Handbooks / Policies / Documents
    • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
    • ERISA Immigration / I-9 Compliance
    • Investigations - Internal/Agency
    • Leave and Pay Acts (e.g. FLSA / FMLA / Service Contracts Act / Davis Bacon Act / Walsh-Healey)
    • Litigation
    • Regulators/Regulations (e.g. DOL, NLRB, OFCCP, OSHA, OWBPA, SOX,)
    • Trade Secret
  • Litigation/Trials
    • Administrative
    • Class Action
    • Construction
    • Consumer and Product Liability Litigation
    • Corporate/Commercial (Shareholder Derivative Suits, Securities, FINRA, Antitrust, Banking, Bankruptcy, etc.)
    • Criminal (White Collar)
    • Employment (HR, Discrimination, ERISA, Labor, Workers Comp, etc.)
    • Health and Healthcare Law
    • Higher Education
    • Insurance
    • Malpractice
    • Marine (Maritime, Insurance, etc.)
    • Personal Injury (Torts, Premises Liability, Toxic Torts)
    • Professional Liability
    • Restaurant Retail & Hospitality
  • White Collar / Investigations
    • Compliance
    • Regulatory Investigations
    • Whistleblower

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Firm Bio



It began back in 2009, when Sara Lincoln and Tricia Derr — both seasoned and accomplished trial attorneys — came together to create a new kind of law firm. They saw a need in the industry and a demand among clients for an alternative to the big, institutional law firms — one that offered diversity, trial experience and value. That was the foundation for Lincoln Derr, and it continues to guide our firm now, as we continue to grow and win for our clients.

It all started in a rustic courtroom in rural North Carolina. The stakes were high and the attorneys on the other side were nationally known and well-respected. We had an uphill battle, a very difficult case and a client who rested his fate in our hands.

We were both seasoned trial attorneys, paired together for the first time. Individually, we were equally strong-willed, competitive and devoted. Although we had been longtime friends and colleagues, we were each accustomed to lead roles. We secretly wondered whether or not our work together would be a smashing success or a complete failure.

Shortly after trial started, our chemistry in the courtroom was obvious. Sara’s tenacity and quick wit combined easily with Tricia’s innovation and intensity. Our duo left little to be desired. The jury agreed, and quickly returned a verdict for our client.

We knew then our skills were uniquely matched. We recognized we had something special to offer our clients. Although different in so many ways, we shared a passion for our work, a “fire in the belly,” and the old-fashioned belief that hard work and dedication are the cornerstones to success.

A few years later, the dream of Lincoln Derr, PLLC materialized. In the economy of 2009, we saw a distinct need for diverse, high quality and creative representation – without the overhead of a big firm. In the Fall of 2009, we opened the doors of Lincoln Derr PLLC.

Since that time, we have selectively added attorneys and staff who share in our values and desire to provide the best possible legal representation to our clients.

NAMWOLF- Lincoln Derr