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Richard A. Derevan

Richard A. Derevan

Of Counsel| Orange County


Rick Derevan is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, California State Bar Association, Board of Legal Specialization. He has been lead counsel in more than 300 state and federal appeals and writ proceedings. Substantive areas have included business torts, product liability, contracts, securities, and various business and commercial issues.

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1974)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Hastings Law Journal
  • University of California, Irvine (B.A., 1971)
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • State Bar of California
    • Committee on Appellate Courts, Member and Chair (1979-1983)
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (1991-1994)
    • Appellate Practice Section, Chair (2000)
    • Federal Courts Committee, Chair (1990-1992)
    • Business Litigation Section, Chair (1988)
  • American Bar Association
    • Ninth Circuit Editor, The Appellate Practice Journal (2004-2006)
    • Ninth Circuit Editor, ABA Circuit Notes Webpage (2006-present)
    • Subcommittee to Study Circuit Size (1992)
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2002-present)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Chapter
    • Organizer and Founding Governor (1996-2001)
  • California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (1987-present)
    • Membership Committee (1993-1998)
    • Secretary-Treasurer (1998-1999)
    • Second Vice-President (1999-2000)
    • First Vice-President (2000-2001)
    • President (2001-2002)
  • Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter
    • Board of Directors (1994-1998)
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
    • Lawyer Representative from Central District of California (1990-1992; 2007-2010)
  • SCRIBES, American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects
  • Senate Advisory Coalition on State Court Reform (1982-1983)
    • Appellate Court Subcommittee, Chair
  • Q&A With Snell & Wilmer's Richard Derevan, Law 360 (December 23, 2009)
  • New Cases of Business Litigation Interest, a monthly newsletter, identifying key cases, published for the Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section (March 1991-present)
  • Preserving the Record for Appeal: A Checklist for Trial Lawyers, abtl Report (Orange County), Volume VII, No. 4 (Winter 2005/2006)
  • New Rules on Appeal, abtl Report (Orange County), Volume III, No. 2 (October 2001)
  • From Drugs to Tire Tread: Daubert Test to Admit Expert Testimony Applies to Technical, Not Just Scientific, Experts, Co-Author, abtl Report (Orange County), Volume I, No. 2 (May 1999)
  • Celebrating the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 40 Orange County Lawyer, No. 5 p. 52 (May 1998)
  • Initial Disclosure Under New Federal Rule 26 (Or, the Lawyer as Turncoat), 36 Orange County Lawyer, No. 9 p. 32 (September 1994)
  • 1992 in Review: New Cases of Interest to Business Litigators, 35 Orange County Lawyer, No. 3 p. 36 (March 1993)
  • 1991 in Review: Hot New Cases for Business Litigators, 34 Orange County Lawyer, No. 2 p. 12 (February 1992)
  • 1990 in Review: Significant Trends Statutes and Cases for the Business Litigator, 33 Orange County Lawyer, No. 1, p. 10 (January 1991)
  • A Video Record for Appeals? 32 Orange County Lawyer, No. 10, p. 6 (October 1990)
  • Designating the Record on Appeal, 32 Orange County Lawyer, No. 2, p. 6 (February 1990)
  • Depublication and Its Mysteries: A Primer, 31 Orange County Lawyer, No. 11, p. 16 (November 1989)
  • The Rules on Appeal Have Been Changed: Here's How, 31 Orange County Lawyer, No. 9, p. 16 (September 1989)
  • Appellate Court Reform in 1983: A Survey of Alternatives, Co-Author, L.A. Daily Journal Report, May 20, 1983
  • Spangler v. Memel: Deficiency Judgments and the Junior Lienor, 24 Hastings L.J. 453 (1974)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Law Practice (2005-2014)
    • Lawyer of the Year, Orange county Appellate Practice (2014)
  • Ninth Circuit Litigation Star-California Appellate Ranking, Benchmark Litigation (2013)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, Appellate (2004-2014)
    • Top 50 in Orange County (2005-2014)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business®, Litigation: Appellate (2009-2014)
  • Presiding Justice David G. Sills Award for Appellate Excellence, Orange County Bar Association (2013)
  • Super Lawyers®, Appellate - Business Edition (2011)
  • Super Lawyers®, Appellate - Corporate Counsel Edition (2009-2010)
  • Lawdragon Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
  • Public Law Center of Orange County, Board of Directors (1996-2012), President (2000-2001)
  • Sea & Sage Audubon Society, Inc., Pro Bono Counsel (1983-2013)