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 experienced attorneys represent some of the largest healthcare practices, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the Southeast. 

Our mission is to provide unparalleled, inspired and dedicated legal representation. We carefully choose our clients so we can give them each the unequivocal attention they deserve. We work harder and smarter with a commitment that can only be measured by results.

Diversity is essential to our firm. We stand committed to maintaining and promoting an inclusive environment that embodies our core values.
Lincoln Derr is a WBENC certified entity and a member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

Lincoln Derr is a WBENC certified entity and a member of the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms.


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


Lincoln Derr was Created by Client Demand.


A trend emerged when our clients began asking for more personal service. We saw an increasing need for sophisticated, efficient legal representation for businesses involved in serious litigation. We responded by opening Lincoln Derr PLLC.

It began 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