Derrick J Hensley

Derrick J Hensley

International Family Law, Child Welfare, and Immigration Attorney
  • Family Law, Immigration Law, Appeals & Appellate ...
  • North Carolina
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Derrick Hensley is a Child Welfare, Family, and Immigration lawyer who manages a small law firm in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Derrick founded his own firm in order to ensure he could take cases that make a real difference for his clients, and to ensure that his practice always observed the highest principles of the legal profession. Derrick is dedicated zealously advocating for his clients and to fostering an open, communicative attorney-client relationship based on trust and honesty.

Derrick's firm has practices in several fields of law, focusing on the intersections between them, including international family law, humanitarian and family immigration, and child welfare matters. Derrick is experienced in various kinds of appeals, and is able to pursue appeals of decisions in state court as well as federal matters. Derrick has represented the best interests of hundreds of children in juvenile abuse/neglect/dependency proceedings as a staff Attorney Advocate, and has handled hundreds of child support cases while representing a county child support (IV-D) agency. Derrick also has substantial experience in seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for abused, neglected, and abandoned immigrant youth.

Derrick is a Child Welfare Law Specialist, certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), as well as an NC State Bar Board-Certified Family Law Specialist. Derrick is admitted to practice in the State Courts of North Carolina, in the three Federal Districts in North Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the D.C. District Court and Circuit Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

North Carolina Central University School of Law
Honors: Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian of the Evening Program (Daniel G. Sampson Award); NCBA Law Student Pro Bono Award
Activities: Volunteer, VITA Program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance); Staff Member, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review
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Duke University
B.A. | History, Philosophy, Classical Civilizations
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Professional Experience
The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley, PLLC
- Current
Attorney Advocate
Alamance County Guardian ad Litem Program
Representing abused and neglected children in Juvenile Abuse/Neglect/Dependency Court (aka "DSS Court")
Child Support Enforcement (IV-D) Contract Attorney
Durham County Attorney's Office
Represented, Counselled, and Advised the County Child Support (IV-D) Agency on a limited-term contract. Engaged in litigation relating to the modification and enforcement of hundreds of child support orders, including prosecuting contempt actions against delinquent obligors.
Coverage Attorney Advocate
Durham County Guardian ad Litem Program
Representing Abused and Neglected children in Juvenile (DSS) Court.
Legal Intern (Practicing under 3rd Year Rule)
Durham County Attorney's Office
Legal Intern
City of Durham Attorney's Office
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
North Carolina State Bar
Child Welfare Law Specialist
National Association of Counsel For Children
Daniel G. Sampson Award
NCCU School of Law, Evening Program
For highest cumulative GPA in the Evening Program's graduating class.
Pro Bono Award
North Carolina Bar Association
For volunteering hundreds of hours to public service.
Professional Associations
American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Current
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National Association of Counsel for Children
- Current
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North Carolina Bar Association
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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4th Circuit
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D.C. Circuit
ID Number: 62354
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Most cards accepted via our client portal
  • Contingent Fees
    Wage Theft lawsuits can occasionally be litigated on a contingent fee basis.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $200 for an initial consultation. Many times a flat fee can be arranged, and a sliding scale is available. $250/hr. for all other matters.
Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Immigration Law
Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Child Welfare (including Juvenile Abuse, Neglect, Dependency) Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
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Contact & Map
Office Address
401 Meadowlands Drive
Suite 201
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Telephone: (919) 480-1999
Fax: (919) 636-6018
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Due to COVID-19, we are doing virtual meetings via videoconference