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Derek Allen Colvin

Derek Allen Colvin

Business, Franchise & Litigation Attorney
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  • Virginia
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Biography

Derek is a business minded attorney laser-focused on results. He possess the knowledge and experience to serve all your business legal needs. His primary practice is in the areas of business, franchising, and litigation.

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Trademarks
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Intellectual Property
    International Law
    Imports & Exports
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
Virginia State Bar
ID Number: 78383
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Partner
Waldrop & Colvin
- Current
Assistant General Counsel
Loyalty Brands
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Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, City of Suffolk
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Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, City of Portsmouth
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Education
Pennsylvania State University
J.D.
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Old Dominion University
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Awards
Five Years of Service
City of Suffolk
Five Years of Service
City of Portsmouth
Service to Law Enforcement
City of Portsmouth Police Department
Recognized by the Police Department for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia for Service to Law Enforcement in connection with the successful prosecution of multiple defendants arising from the attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer.
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 78383
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
FTC Proposal to Ban Non-Compete Agreements
Waldrop and Colvin Legal Blog
Franchising in Virginia
Lawrina
Key Elements of a Vendor Agreement
Lawrina
How to Franchise a Business
DocPro
The Basic Legal Requirements to Start a Franchise
Waldrop and Colvin Legal Blog
Speaking Engagements
Civil Asset Forfeiture in Virginia, Citizens Academy, Suffolk, Virginia
Certifications
Attorney
Virginia State Bar
Websites & Blogs
Website
Waldrop & Colvin, the law department for your business
Legal Answers
21 Questions Answered
Q. On probation had court reporting date on Feb 5 Po text me told me didn't have to be present 13 Feb probation was first
A: It is not clear what you are asking. You should talk to a local attorney in Roanoke (or whatever locality is alleging a violation). There are typically two ways you can be locked up for a probation violation - pre-hearing (if you are denied bail or cannot post it) or post-hearing (if you are sentenced to active time). Whether the court has discretion to impose an active sentence post-hearing depends on the nature of the violation. Your PO may decide when to issue a violation letter, but they do not give legal advice or determine the sentence. Further, if you do not appear and a capias is issued, that is another issue. Working with local counsel is often best because they understand the local procedures and can advise on your specific circumstances. ... Read More
Q. I was needing to know if u can be sued for opening a franchise in Ms,that the same franchise is already operating in Ms
A: Its not clear what exactly is occurring in your case, but you should consult with a franchise attorney in your area to discuss. Anyone can file a lawsuit, but not all law suits are viable or filed in good faith.

If you signed a franchise agreement with a franchisor granting you the right to operate in a specific territory, the franchisor should not have granted those same rights to anyone else. Likewise, if the franchisor signed an agreement granting an exclusive territory to someone else, they should not have sold a franchise to you. Franchisors do not typically grant state-wide territories, except as part of a master agreement.

A franchise attorney can give advice on how to proceed when they understand your rights under the franchise agreement and what is being alleged by the third party. ... Read More
Q. Can I be charged with any crime for leaving my 10 yr old alone for less than an hour ?
A: There is likely probable cause to charge you under Virginia Code Section 18.2-371 for rendering the child in need of supervision. There may be additional charges. It sounds like the charging decision is left to the discretion of the prosecutor in that jurisdiction. If charged, you should retain counsel to review the facts and circumstances.
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Contact & Map
Waldrop & Colvin
780 Lynnhaven Pkwy
Suite 400
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Telephone: (757) 651-3490
Waldrop & Colvin @ Hamtown Hub
100 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
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