Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP
Derek Hollingsworth has a track record of handling high-stakes, high-profile cases in both civil and criminal court. He was on the team that won an acquittal for famed pitcher Roger Clemens on federal perjury charges. He also represented the Arthur Andersen accounting firm amid the Enron scandal. Mr. Hollingsworth helped conduct a court of inquiry that led to jail time and disbarment of a former prosecutor for his role in the conviction of Michael Morton, a man exonerated by DNA evidence. And he represented a cancer doctor accused of poisoning her lover in a case that dominated Houston news coverage for weeks.
Mr. Hollingsworth notes that winning can come in several ways: It might be a great settlement. It might be winning a jury trial. Or it might be convincing the government to dismiss charges against a client. "I’ve had all those things happen,” he says.
After graduating first in his class from Baylor Law School, Mr. Hollingsworth clerked for Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen. A year later, he joined the Dallas law firm of Hughes & Luce in the commercial civil litigation section, but turned to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where he could spend more time in the courtroom.
Rusty Hardin lured him away in 2003, calling Mr. Hollingsworth "uniquely qualified to live in both the civil and criminal trial worlds as a result of his clerkship at the Supreme Court, his civil litigation exposure at Hughes & Luce, and his criminal trial court experience at the District Attorney’s office.”