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Derek Allen Colvin

Derek Allen Colvin

Business, Franchise & Litigation Attorney
  • Business Law, Arbitration & Mediation, Trademarks ...
  • Virginia
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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, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Intellectual Property
    International Law
    Imports & Exports
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia State Bar
ID Number: 78383
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  • English
Professional Experience
Waldrop & Colvin
- Current
Assistant General Counsel
Loyalty Brands
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, City of Suffolk
Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, City of Portsmouth
Pennsylvania State University
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Old Dominion University
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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
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Articles & Publications
FTC Proposal to Ban Non-Compete Agreements
Waldrop and Colvin Legal Blog
Franchising in Virginia
Key Elements of a Vendor Agreement
How to Franchise a Business
Speaking Engagements
Civil Asset Forfeiture in Virginia, Citizens Academy, Suffolk, Virginia
Virginia State Bar
Websites & Blogs
Waldrop & Colvin, the law department for your business
Legal Answers
10 Questions Answered
Q. Does VA law require a notary to sign when notarizing a document?
A: There are seven (7) items required for the notary to state on each document being notarized: 1. The name of the county or independent city in which the document is signed 2. The date the document is signed. 3. The notarial statement – what is being notarized (i.e. a signature, a true copy of an original, or an oath) 4. The notary’s signature 5. The date that the notary’s commission expires (month, day, year) 6. Notary registration number 7. Photographically reproducible notary seal/stamp
Q. Can someone with a nonviolent drug felony visit a home where the homeowner owns guns. In Virginia.
A: It is unlawful for a felon to be in possession of a firearm unless they have had their right to possess a firearm restored. Possession can be actual or constructive and is very fact specific. Actual is obvious, but constructive can be tricky. In court, the questions considered for constructive possession are essentially (1) did the person have knowledge of the presence of the firearm and (2) did the person have the ability to possess the firearm. Possession can be proven by direct evidence, circumstantial evidence, or a combination of both. Charges stack up if someone possess both guns and drugs. No one can say there is no risk to having a felon in a home with firearms; however, homeowners can take steps to safeguard any firearms in a location where a guest can access them and reduce risk. The effectiveness of the safeguards will be fact specific.
Q. Tatsuro & Mariya (by Smile Company Ltd.); Can You Have "Tatsuro & Mariya" Had a Trademark?
A: If you are referring to the process of applying for a federally registered trademark, it depends. Trademark protection can be granted for words, designs, etc., but the mark must be unique and suitable for registration. An attorney would need to know more about your use of "Tatsuro & Mariya" to advise on the suitability and likelihood of obtaining registration.
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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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