Derek Mountford is a litigator and problem solver in Gunster’s Business Litigation practice group. Businesses face a variety of legal disputes, each requiring a different approach that balances the need for efficiency with the need for a specific outcome. Derek understands these nuances and helps clients navigate complex cases nationwide.

Derek has experience working on complex, bet-the-company cases for businesses in a variety of industries. This includes handling claims related to breaches of contract and noncompete agreements, alleged antitrust violations, corporate governance disputes, and other major commercial matters. He also represents financial institutions in matters concerning all aspects of their business, including those arising under the Uniform Commercial Code, allegations of fraud, and consumer protection laws.

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 also served as a judicial law clerk for two U.S. District Judges in Jacksonville; experiences that broadened his perspective and enhanced his advocacy skills. The lessons learned along the way inform his practice now and offer a unique lens through which Derek assesses cases.

Outside the office, Derek is an active member in the community. He serves as an officer on the board of multiple nonprofits, participates in professional and leadership organizations, and has organized community service events to improve the lives of those in need.

  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2022
  • “Mortgage Servicer Litigation,” moderator, 2022 Annual Florida Bar Convention, June 2022
  • “Consumer Class Action Trends to Watch as 2021 Ends,” Law360, December 2021
  • “Businesses Should Get Smart About Florida’s Mini-TCPA Litigation Risks,” Daily Business Review, November 2021
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter, 2017-present
  • Florida Bar Association
    • Consumer Protection Committee, 2019-22
      • Vice chair, 2021-22
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, 2017-20
  • Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, 2017-18
  • United Community Outreach Ministry (UCOM), board of directors, 2018-present
    • President, 2022
    • President-elect, 2021
  • Police Athletic League of Jacksonville (JaxPAL), board of directors, 2020-present
    • Vice President, 2022
    • Governance Chair, 2022
  • Jaguars Foundation, JaxMVP, Class of 2019

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