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.
Mr. Lick 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.
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