Derek D. Lick


Location: Concord, New Hampshire
Phone: 603-223-2800
Fax: 603-226-2405

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction / Land Use and Planning Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Products Liability

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Derek Lick is a Member at Sulloway & Hollis and represents clients in a variety of matters, including Business Litigation, Real Estate Disputes, Construction Disputes, Products Liability Claims, Land Use and Planning Approvals and Insurance Defense, where he defends insured parties from personal injury claims. Derek joined the firm in 1999 and works in our Concord, NH office.

Sulloway & Hollis has been providing clients with the highest quality legal services since 1852. Headquartered in Concord, N.H., we are one of the oldest and most respected law firms in the state. Over the years, we have steadily and purposefully evolved to meet the changing needs of our clients and their markets. Today, Sulloway & Hollis is a regional firm with six offices across New England, working for a broad range of clients in a diverse array of industries.

Mr. Lick is the Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and concentrates his practice in providing legal representation to clients in state and federal courts in commercial disputes and disputes involving construction, real estate development projects, and defending clients against personal injury claims. He also regularly represents clients before municipal planning and zoning boards.

Mr. Lick has represented clients in federal court, in all ten of the state’s superior courts, as well as before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. For example, he has successfully defended personal injury suits at jury trial for the operator of Verizon Wireless Arena (now the SNHU Arena) and the association promoting Laconia Motorcycle Week, a high-profile case that garnered daily media coverage. He has also represented one of the largest and most successful retail property developers in New Hampshire at trial and successfully defended it from claims in excess of $10 million, while also obtaining an award for the client on counterclaims and for partial attorneys’ fees. He has also prevailed on multiple occasions before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, after submitting legal briefs and presenting oral arguments on behalf of his clients.

On occasion, Mr. Lick has also represented clients before the New Hampshire Legislature. He was part of a team of Sulloway attorneys working on behalf of the New Hampshire Medical Society who helped draft and successfully advocate for passage of two significant bills that became law – one that reined in a court-created expansion of medical liability and a second that created a screening panel mechanism for medical injury suits.

Prior to joining Sulloway & Hollis, Mr. Lick worked on Capitol Hill, serving as the Press Secretary for Democratic Congressman Martin O. Sabo, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. As the Press Secretary, Mr. Lick was responsible for developing and implementing the Congressman’s media strategy in Washington, D.C. and in the Congressman’s Minneapolis, Minnesota district, one of the country’s top-20 media markets

Year Joined Firm


Areas of Practice

Business Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Construction / Land Use and Planning Law
Insurance Defense
Products Liability

Bar Admissions

New Hampshire
U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire


Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee
Law Journal: Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Articles Editor

Boston University’s College of Communication
Major: Journalism

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Honors and Awards

  • After an extensive vetting and peer review process, elected as a Member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Membership is by invitation only, and there are currently only four other attorneys in the State of New Hampshire who are members of the FDCC
  • Awarded a “distinguished” rating from Martindale Hubbell, the nation’s preeminent independent legal review organization
  • Appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to the Court’s Rules Advisory Committee
  • Appointed by the New Hampshire Bar Association President as Member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Committee on Cooperation with the Courts
  • Former elected Member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors
  • Served as Governor John Lynch’s designee on the New Hampshire Transportation Enhancement Advisory Committee
  • Graduate of Leadership New Hampshire
  • Elected first as Corporator and now serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Sugar River Bank

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member of the Defense Research Institute and the Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Democratic Congressman Martin O. Sabo, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Press Secretary

Community Activities

  • Moderator, Town of Sutton
  • Chair, Sutton Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Board Member, Plan NH
  • Founding Board Member, Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail
  • Former Chair, Board of Directors of the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen
  • Former Member of the program committee of Leadership New Hampshire
  • Decade-long volunteer, Warner Fall Foliage Festival
  • Former youth baseball coach
  • Former leader of local Cub Scout pack