Derek Andrews

Derek is familiar with both sides of the civil litigation world as he’s worked for plaintiff’s and defense-side litigation firms across New York State. He fell in love with the courtroom while practicing criminal defense for a firm in Syracuse with a state-wide impact. There he learned how to represent real people facing real issues who need a true advocate. He now brings years of litigation and courtroom experience, honed even further following a year's practice in New York City courts, to bear on the cases handled by Phelan, Phelan & Danek, LLP. He approaches each of his client’s cases as unique and treats each person as his equal. Derek found that his experiences growing up in a military family and moving from state to state on a regular basis molded him into a flexible and approachable attorney whom anyone can trust. When not active in the courtroom, Derek regularly spends his time researching developments in the law and incorporating new knowledge into his practice so that he can better represent his clients. A recent addition to the capital region community, Derek is anxious to explore the area and learn what it has to offer. He is also an avid runner with an eye towards his first marathon in the near future.

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Construction Law
  • Negligence Defense
  • Personal Injury

Bar and Court Admissions

Derek is admitted to practice in New York state courts (2013) and the Northern District of the United State District Court for the State of New York (2013).

Professional Associations

New York State Bar Association Albany County Bar Association New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars in 2016 and 2017

Speaking Engagements

2016 – Client Counseling and Criminal Defense Negotiations at Syracuse University College of Law legal clinic seminar class 2016 – The Effects of DWI at a STOP DWI and Driver Safety Night held at Manlius Pebble Hill School 2015 – The Importance of Pro Bono Work in the Community at a Reception for National Celebrate Pro Bono Week held at Syracuse University College of Law




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