Derek Mountford is a litigator and problem solver who strives to achieve the desired result for his clients. Businesses face a variety of legal disputes, from large bet-the-company cases down to smaller matters. Each case requires a different approach that balances the need for efficiency with the need for a specific outcome. Derek understands these nuances and has experience working on a wide variety of cases.

Derek has experience working on cases involving contract disputes, claims arising under the Uniform Commercial Code, government investigations, and other general commercial disputes. He has also represented large and small financial institutions in a variety of consumer-related disputes, such as those involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and others. He has worked with homebuilders, construction companies, utility cooperatives, health plans, life insurers, and product manufacturers to analyze legal positions and strategize the best way to achieve the client’s goals.

Prior to joining Gunster, Derek spent time with regional and national law firms where he worked in complex commercial litigation and appellate advocacy practice groups. He handled matters ranging from nine-figure mass actions to nationwide portfolios of consumer finance cases. The lessons learned along the way inform his practice now and offer a unique lens through which Derek assesses cases.  He also served as a judicial law clerk for two U.S. District Judges in Jacksonville, opportunities that broadened his perspective and enhanced his advocacy skills.

That local presence extends beyond the legal arena and into community service as well. Whether it be coordinating large scale service projects or serving in leadership positions with local charities, Derek has always strived to give back to the community.

  • Obtained dismissal of all claims against a financial institution related to electronic funds transfers under U.C.C. Article 4A
  • Represented multiple energy cooperatives in mass actions involving their retention of excess revenues and capital credit policies
  • Managed nationwide portfolio of contested consumer finance matters for large auto finance company
  • Florida Moot Court Team, 2015-16
    • Treasurer, 2016
  • Teaching assistant, Legal Research and Writing/Appellate Advocacy, 2015-16
  • Harding University Honors College, Graduate of the Honors College with distinction, 2016
  • Florida Bar Association
    • Consumer Protection Committee, 2019-present
      • Vice chair, 2021-present
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter, 2017-present
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, 2017-20
  • Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, associate member, 2017-18
  • United Community Outreach Ministry (UCOM), board of directors, 2018-present
    • President-elect, 2021
  • Police Athletic League of Jacksonville (JaxPAL), board of directors, 2020-present
  • Jaguars Foundation, JaxMVP, Class of 2019
  • San Jose Church of Christ, 2016-present
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