Derek Centola

Derek Centola

Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 202 804 7821

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

No stranger to high-stakes situations, Derek Centola represents clients on their most pressing needs. With experience gained from the firm's high-profile Pro Bono practice, Derek handles a litany of matters, including housing conditions cases, civil protection orders, voting rights, and immigration. 

During law school, Derek honed his ability to think on his feet as a member of the American University Washington College of Law Mock Trial Honor Society. He polished his attention to detail and ability to digest complex legal arguments as the Senior Federal Circuit Editor for the American University Law Review and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Barbara Rothstein of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Derek fostered his interest in serving deserving clients as a legal clerk for the United States Senate Committee for Veterans Affairs. 

Before law school, Derek served as a Transportation Officer in the United States Army attaining the rank of Captain. In his spare time, Derek volunteers at a nonprofit organization focused on dealing with poverty in Washington, D.C.

Education and admissions


J.D., American University Washington College of Law, cum laude, 2020

B.A., University of Miami, 2013

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


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