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Derek Allen Colvin

Derek Allen Colvin

Business, Franchise & Litigation Attorney
  • Business Law, Arbitration & Mediation, Trademarks ...
  • Virginia
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Derek is a business minded attorney laser-focused on results. He possess the knowledge and experience to serve all your business legal needs. His primary practice is in the areas of business, franchising, and litigation.

Pennsylvania State University
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Old Dominion University
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Professional Experience
Waldrop & Colvin
- Current
Assistant General Counsel
Loyalty Brands
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, City of Suffolk
Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, City of Portsmouth
Articles & Publications
FTC Proposal to Ban Non-Compete Agreements
Waldrop and Colvin Legal Blog
Franchising in Virginia
Key Elements of a Vendor Agreement
How to Franchise a Business
The Basic Legal Requirements to Start a Franchise
Waldrop and Colvin Legal Blog
Speaking Engagements
Civil Asset Forfeiture in Virginia, Citizens Academy, Suffolk, Virginia
Virginia State Bar
Five Years of Service
City of Suffolk
Five Years of Service
City of Portsmouth
Service to Law Enforcement
City of Portsmouth Police Department
Recognized by the Police Department for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia for Service to Law Enforcement in connection with the successful prosecution of multiple defendants arising from the attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer.
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 78383
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia State Bar
ID Number: 78383
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Intellectual Property
    International Law
    Imports & Exports
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. Can I be charged with any crime for leaving my 10 yr old alone for less than an hour ?
A: There is likely probable cause to charge you under Virginia Code Section 18.2-371 for rendering the child in need of supervision. There may be additional charges. It sounds like the charging decision is left to the discretion of the prosecutor in that jurisdiction. If charged, you should retain counsel to review the facts and circumstances.
Q. Do I have to prove my ex boyfriend strangled me if he says he didn't
A: If he is charged with the criminal offense of strangulation in Virginia, the totality of the evidence will have to prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that he in fact strangled you. In Virginia, "strangled" occurs when someone "impedes the blood circulation or respiration of another person by knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully applying pressure to the neck of such person resulting in the wounding or bodily injury of such person." You are not necessarily the sole source of proof. For instance, officers may have observed injuries or heard statements made by the accused. You should speak with a victim advocate in the appropriate Commonwealth Attorney's office to better understand the process. ... Read More
Q. Once I sign next year's contract with my employer, can I change my mind and accept another job?
A: Its great that you are thinking about this before an issue arises. The only way to fully answer your question is to review the contract. There may - or may not be - restrictions on your actions.
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Waldrop & Colvin
780 Lynnhaven Pkwy
Suite 400
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Telephone: (757) 651-3490
Waldrop & Colvin @ Hamtown Hub
100 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
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